Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Friends, family and fun

Going away with a baby is no easy task, even if it's just a daytrip. No matter how much you try to take the bare minimum, the more stuff you seem to end up with. Feeding stuff, food, nappies, clothes, toys, bedding, pram... the list is endless.

It is fun though. Showing your baby the world and watching their reaction to new places and experiences. As you know, Ella loves trees. So a weekend at Center Parcs nearly tipped her over the edge. Everytime we took her outside she loved it, big smiles and giggles. She loved being around our friends little girl too.




She went swimming, splashed about for ages, went in the waves and then fell asleep as we got her dressed... We had fun too, played badminton, crazy golf and Ian went Segway'ing' and did field archery while I had a bit of pampering in the spa (bliss). There was a lot of relaxing done and a trip to see grandad on the way home.

The forest at Center Parcs was alive with wildlife and there were reminders everywhere of the turning season. Red squirrels were collecting nuts and the wet, humid weather meant perfect conditions for mushrooms...


This Inkcap mushroom was outside our chalet.... They start off bell shaped like this and then very quickly open up and disintegrate.


We've had visits from both grannies this week (at the same time too - and no fighting!). Ruth from work popped by one evening and we've seen the Health Visiting team, physio and community staff nurse too.

Ella had her first induction session at nursery. Just one hour but it seemed to go well (for her and me). The bigger test will be next week when I leave her for 3 hours, which coincides with a feed and nap time.

This weekend, we have been getting over coughs and colds. Saturday, we had a quiet stay at home day which meant by tea-time I had gone a bit stir crazy. So, on Sunday we spent a leisurely day with my wonderful friend Lynne over in Liverpool (don't see her often enough!). We visited the beautiful and imposing Anglican cathedral.....






We picked the right day to visit as the local food market was on. We walked around the many stalls laden with tasty, wonderful foodie treats. From giant meringues (yes, I bought 2!) and cakes to breads and even sunflowers grown in Aigburth....

For those of you that know Lynne and I and how much we like our food (especially cake!), our purchases were actually quite restrained....







Lambanana on Hope Street - Banana Rock


mmmmm my favourite.....


Wherever we go and whatever we do at the moment, Ella's socks spend more time in her mouth than on her feet (much to the dismay of the old ladies of Lancashire)....



We ended the day looking through some old photographs and school leavers books from our high school and college days (and older!). With our 30th birthdays around the corner we became a little nostalgic, remembering people, places and events. Wonder what we'll be recalling in another ten years?.....

Maybe today?

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