We have had a busy time of it this summer - getting used to being a family and making the most of this glorious weather - for once said with absolute sincerity! Noah continues to surprise and amaze us with his ability to simply go with the flow - camping one minute and spa-ing it up the next and then sleeping in a tent indoors in yet another strange place to top it all off! We are incredibly lucky, and whilst I can quite clearly see just how capable he is of throwing an almighty tantrum, I think we will cope!
Thedden camping with the gang - an interesting experience which would have been completely uneventful had I not woken Noah in the early hours of the morning in an attempt to go to the loo - yes, could have done without that hour of an overly excited child shouting "hiya" and waking the rest of the gang up!! You can see by the wheelbarrow transport that we had all the essentials for the evening!
Early evening socialising
The boys on their way to breakfast
Me trying to recover from a broken nights sleep!
But all was not lost as we were installed at Peterstone Court soon after and enjoying awesome food, hot stone massage, cocktails and the countryside! Noah was a hit with the staff and was fed far too many hand-baked cookies!!
Because we hadn't exposed Noah to enough different places already (!) we then headed to Glastonbury to stay with Ivan's (Mr bicknell's) Dad. Yet more nice weather allowed us to frolic in the Abbey grounds and to feed the ducks, although cousin Max taught Noah to eat the duck bread himself rather than share it!
Max still can't get that ball!!!
It was all too much for Grandpa Renchi!!!
Eventually however it was he who managed to convince the greedoids to share their bounty with the birds!!!
Noah did earn his keep though by sweeping up!
This week young Mr Bicknell has mostly been spoiled....
A new wheelybug to get from A to B(ee)
A new push along giraffe
His own "scratch" cat - this one keeps still and doesn't mind being pulled about!
Playing on the swings (a number of times)
and going higher and higher!!
Acquiring a shiny new yellow mac - thanks Grandma Oma!
and getting new Gruffalo wellies from Daddy...
This week I had my first whole day away, leaving Noah with my Mum and dad who couldn't get their hands on him quick enough (!), so that I could head up to London to meet my best friend Bex, who sadly lives in Switzerland now, so I rarely see her - this time however we had 3 whole days together and she finally got to meet Noah! A wander along the Southbank took us back to nature, saw us watching the skate-borders, shopping for robots and drinking fizz underground at Gordon's wine bar!
The fizz didn't last long!
Given that we had the luxury of time for a change we got to have a day by the coast to shop a bit more at Gun Wharf and of course, to play in the sand! Someone small and naughty seemed to enjoy it!
My Brother and his girlfriend Talita came for supper and a simple game of Taboo proved to be too much for us all - I haven't laughed so hard in a very long time!! I think Bex had a good visit!
And at last! I caught up with my wonderful friend Caroline who practically showered the spoilt boy in wonderful gifts including some home-made bunting - she is VERY clever - but doesn't seem to know it! CAROLINE - YOU ARE VERY CLEVER, and, not only is she super creative, she makes great soup!!! A lovely end to a really great few weeks! X