Thursday, 28 June 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Lachlan's school sports were supposed to be last week but the weather was terrible. Fortunately the rain stayed off long enough for it to take place today. Lachlan managed to get 2nd in the relay and his team came 2nd overall, so he was quite pleased. The main thing is that he said he enjoyed himself and didn't come last in anything!
Sunday, 24 June 2007
The idea started a while ago when Vikki and her friends decided it would be a good idea to try and get the whole street together for a few drinks so that everyone could get to know each other.
Everyone was asked to bring along some food and drink and it worked out pretty well: the rain stayed off (just), over half the street turned up (which gave us a good chance to talk about those who didn't), everybody seemed to enjoy themselves and there was heaps of food (cooked, uncooked, and overcooked) left over so I assume everyone had plenty to eat.
There was even talk of doing something similar again at some point in the future so it can probably be regarded as a success.
Definitely a good idea - a nice way to get to know your neighbours, and an excuse to drink beer all afternoon.
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
...getting up close with girls, ...
...wanging wellies, ...
..., and getting a medal and a big hug from his Nannie.
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Sunday, 10 June 2007
On the way up, we noticed some interesting carvings - a rock set in a burn with the message "the tumbling of waters is the teeming of life" and a path of stones leading to a stone seat with the words "the silence", "of", "the woodland", "is", "the sound", "of", "calling birds". Very interesting, especially when walking backwards.
We also managed to save some mice that had got stuck in a barbecue bin and saw a bright green spider, a big bug thing, and a black millipede.
On the way home, we stopped to see the Maiden Stone which looked more worn than we remembered but I think that's more to do with the erosion of our memories than the stone.
Here's Vikki and the boys getting ready to start the walk.
This is the men at the top.And here's a panorama taken from Little Oxen Craig.
There are some more photographs on the Picasa ablum. Click below to see them.
|2007-06-09 Oxen Craig|
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
And everything started growing well: three nice rows of appropriate shaped leaves sprouted out of the ground and were looking pretty healthy. I even allowed myself to feel a little bit pleased with myself and started looking forward to those tasty vegetables.
Then, this evening, as Vikki was cutting the grass, I noticed that the little carrot leaves had gone. Gone! Not just nibbled away a bit, but gone. All except two had completely disappeared without trace.
Any explanation or advice would be gratefully received.
Sunday, 3 June 2007
In the afternoon, we took a walk up to Dunnottar Woods where the Forestry Commission were doing some stuff. We played Giant Connect 4 and Giant Jenga....
...played some cool tunes on a giant xylophone...
...and then we had a go at bodging, under the guidance of Dan Dan, the Forest Man (as I like to call him). We all had a play with some axes, a shaving horse and drawknife, and then a foot operated lathe. Unfortunately we didn't have enough time to produce a smooth finished product of any use, but it was very good fun.