Friday, 31 August 2007
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
An odd combination I know, but this is what I have been doing over the past two days. Yesterday saw me out in the garden again, still digging out the weeds of the same flowerbed (3/4 of the way through now). Alex sat in his ring and gurgled away to himself while I did it and kept me highly entertained. I really can't wait to get the garden properly sorted so that I can see what shrubs and plants we have and can decide what to get. Having taken advice from my Mother, what I need to do is dig out all the weeds, and then 'double dig' and weedkill the beds to treat them ready for introducing shrubs next year. I don't know if I have the energy to do that in all the beds, but I will do my best. There are a few flowers out in the garden as shown in these photos and the fact that Alex enjoyes being out in the fresh air makes it all worth while.
Monday, 27 August 2007
The path through Endcliffe Park, Porter Valley.
The duck pond, Endcliffe Park.
A mini waterfall in Endcliffe Park
I have also made the most of this nice weather by spending time in the garden with Alex, and yes, I have actually been gardening (my Mother didn't believe me when I told her!). My back is finally a bit better, enabling me to tackle the weeds. The hardest part is the fact that the flower bed I am currently digging out has quite a lot of rocks in it...I even bent the fork today. I can only do a bit at a time, because my back gets tired, and because Alex needs entertaining (great excuse this!). It is great fun having him sat in the rubber ring, in the shade of the tree. He chatters and grunts away to himself, while kicking and wriggling which is fun to watch.
Saturday, 25 August 2007
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Whoopee! The sun was shining all day today and I made the most of it. Unfortunately since putting my back out on Monday gardening was out of the question, but Alex and I spent some time in the garden and we went out for a lovely family walk to Forge Dam. There is a playground and a duckpond there so we took some bread to feed the ducks. Alex wasn't very impressed with the ducks and spent more time watching the people around the pond rather than the ducks. We also decided to try him in a swing for the first time. He is really too little for it, but we were very careful and he really enjoyed it...big beaming smiles! I also decided that I would like to take him down the slide which was great (unfortunately the sun meant that you can't really see either of us in the picture. It was such a relief to get out into the fresh air and sun today.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
Sunday, 19 August 2007
Alex that is and not us! We put him onto his playmat on the floor and then a while later we discovered that he was no longer on the mat but partway across the floor. He doesn't do it very fast and it is by wriggling and not rolling, but it is so funny to watch as he looks so pleased with himself. We had him in fits of giggles on and off all day today which was just as well because he has been stuck inside yet again today as the weather was soo miserable. I want some sun! Today saw us catching up on some essential jobs including cutting Tim's hair (a number one all over) which looks soo much better. We have started weaning Alex and today he demolished half a jar of ready made baby food at one sitting. This is a huge relief as he wont take milk from a bottle so needs to be able to eat something when I go back to work. I now have a recipe book to make our own purees etc for him which we will be trying over the coming weeks. He is developing and growing so fast at the moment and loves trying to stand while we hold him so we have been putting him in the door bouncer a bit more, which he enjoys.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Thursday, 16 August 2007
Now that both Tim and myself are feeling a little more human (still not 100% but definitely improved) we set out to do something about the state of our house. However, partway through the hoovering we discovered that the drive belt in our new hoover has broken rendering it pretty useless, giving us the perfect excuse to give up on that. Moreover, when I went to put the washing on this morning I discovered the machine was half full of grimy, greasy washing up water so I had to do an 'empty' wash to wash the machine itself...very frustrating. However, the rest of the day was better...having been fed up with being cooped up inside due to the rain and illness over the past few days we decided to make a break for it and went for a lovely walk in between the showers. We are so fortunate that there are loads of really nice walks only 5 minutes from us despite living only 10 minutes from the centre of Sheffield, and today we did a short circular walk through the woods by a stream. About half way round we discovered this monument to one of Sheffields 'Ancestors of Steel'. Alex wasn't particularly impressed although he did seem to enjoy the walk itself, cooing and gurgling away and watching the sunlight in the trees.