Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
We also took a trip to a National Trust red squirrel sanctuary; I realised why people think they're so much cuter than grey squirrels. I was amazed at how near they came up to us, but then we did have a big bag of nuts to give away.
On the way home we stopped at The Iron Men, a piece of art - iron sculptures of men spread out down the beach over a distance of about 5 miles. At high tide only their heads are showing but as the tide goes out more and more of them appear. It was really quite impressive but my photos won't do it justice.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
After the museum we decided we couldn't possibly leave Weston without visiting the beach. Matthew loved the space to run and giving us parcels of sand and then we had a picnic in the boot of our car - very English but good fun!
Friday, March 07, 2008
English winters are definitely warmer in Bristol than in Sheffield but that hasn't stopped either Mags or I making the executive decision to put the heating on all day on a regular basis. The park is still a favourite in most weathers, apart from on one occasion when Matthew's only word the whole time was 'chilly'. I thought this was understandable when he came off the the slide with his fingers covered in frost!
Still, spring seemed to arrive very early and the flowers and sunshine encouraged me to get my camera out and try and be arty. Matthew's become more of a chatterbox and it's great for him to be able to make himself understood - less frustration and tantrums! He's a bit more into sticking and colouring but balls are stil the absolute favourite (unless, of course, he could be watching In the Night Garden and then there's no contest!). Matthew went to one of his first birthday parties too and they decorated gingerbread men - what I think was most impressive was that they survived long enough to actually be decorated before they were eaten! I've done a couple of days supply teaching which I've enjoyed; though I'd had enough of the features of instructional texts after I'd taught the same lesson to four different classes on one day!
Neil is now the manager of the Year 7 boys football team; he's very proud at the moment as they've won all their matches. However the lads have dubbed him 'Coach Carter' - basically if their behaviour in class isn't good enough they don't get to play. So who knows if there will be a team to actually turn out and play the next match...watch this space.