Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Rhian's new blog!

Rhian has decided that she would really like to become a photographer. In order to showcase her work she has set herself up with a blog - pop on over to www.rhian.me to take a look! (you can click through to her flickr account from any picture to see more!)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

More Flowers

Last time I posted it was daffodils, spring had sprung.

A couple of weeks ago Kira and I replanted last year's pots with petunias and trailing lobelia. The lobelias are growing nicely, but aren't particuarly flowering yet, but the petunias are fantastic!

Apart from these pots, the whole garden is grass, so they really do add a splash of colour - well, that and the hastily purchased paddling pool!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Spring is Sprung!

Rhian has been busy taking photographs recently!

Here are the most recent - spring is definitely springing around here, about time too!

Friday, March 12, 2010

New Additions to the Family!

I would like you to welcome the new Davis girls! Pip (on top) and BD are Kira and Steve's new pets. They are Bearded Dragons, and are approximately 6 or 7 months old.

I'd never really thought about reptiles as pets before, but we visited some friends who had a beautiful leopard gecko, and Kira was really taken with him, so we investigated what was involved in lizard keeping.

We decided on the Beardies as, unlike Gecko's, they are not nocturnal - so they are actually awake the same time we are! They are happy little characters, really quite entertaining :-)

One of the funniest things is what happens when you turn their lights off at night - it's amazing - you flick the switch and literally 2 minutes later they find their spot, shut their eyes, and don't move until the lights go back on in the morning!

They do grow to be a couple of feet long, so they're in a 4ft x 2ft x 2ft vivarium, which is huge but will last them - these aren't the pets for you if space is short, but at the moment they're situated on Kira's bottom bunk!

The other thing is you can't be squeamish about insects, as they eat live locusts or crickets, which you also have to look after!

But, so far (we've only had them a week), I would recommend them as pets! They're certainly more interesting and quieter overnight than Rhian's gerbils!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Realising what is important

Last night the fire alarm sounded in the hotel we are staying in. It was about 11.30 (I later learned) and we were all asleep.

"don't stop to gather any belongings".

I didn't. In my sleep fuddled state the only precious items I left the room with were my children. (and our coats, and 2/3 pairs of shoes!)

We were the first people out.

My Mum came out several minutes later, fully dressed, wearing glasses and putting on her jewellery. It was dark, but i wouldn't be surprised if that was a hint of eye shadow I could see glinting in the moonlight! She expressed surprise that we were already outside, she had stopped off on her way out to knock on our door!

It was, thankfully, a false alarm, and 15 cold and arm aching (remember we didn't have a full complement of shoes!) minutes later we were allowed back in.

I did learn some things from the experience.

1. If you like to sleep without a lot of clothes on, think carefully about what might be to hand in case of an emergency. (luckily last night it was a short jersey dress - the night before it would have just been a jumper!)

2. Maybe think about leaving your handbag somewhere easily grabbable, with useful things like car keys in it!

And The most important thing I learnt last night.....

3. However awful my children have been during the day, when adrenalin kicks in, they were the only thing I wanted to save.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A few days in Plymouth

My sister is down in Plymouth for a few months, and we have used half term as a good excuse for a visit! We arrived early afternoon yesterday, and will be heading back tomorrow after breakfast!

Yesterday we just had a walk into town and a quick potter about, then today we have been to the aquarium! Unfortunately Lou wasn't feeling very well, so she retired to her sick bed this afternoon, but the rest if us spent a lovely afternoon with my gorgeous and lovable niece.

This is the fantastic turtle, Snorkel, who was washed up on the Devon coast about 20 years ago. She is virtually blind, suffers with epilepsy and also has balance problems. She bumbles her way about the tank, bouncing off each wall and obstacle as she goes round, but for me she is the absolute star of the aquarium, and I could quite happily sit and watch her gracefully (until she gets to the limits of the tank!) swimming around all day.

And here they are, the three amigos :-)

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Afternoon stroll - the Devil's Punch Bowl

This afternoon, to stop us going stir crazy and to get us out of the fast becoming a money pit house and plumbing nightmare, we headed over to The Devil's Punchbowl at Hindhead.

We headed off down this magical and innocent looking path, only to find it peter out about half a mile into what looked like dark and damp rain forest! The vegetation was really odd, the place obviously doesn't get a lot of sunlight and there was an awful lot of beautiful feathery moss growing up everything!

There was also an awful lot of bizarre tree formations!

And 2 very peculiar children lol!

We did get a little "misplaced" (I wouldn't admit to being lost - I knew where we were, just not how to get back to the car park without retracing our steps!) but it was a lovely afternoon.