I can’t believe how lucky we have been with the weather so far this week. We have had a lovely few days since my last update. On Monday we went across to Cleethorpes to enjoy a restful day on the beach as Tim needed a break after the trip round Chester Zoo. Alex loves going to the beach and had a very happy day spent building sandcastles and knocking them down. Driving Thomas up and down a hill track made in the sand. Putting sand in his dump truck and tipping it out. Having a picnic on the beach…yes he did eat quite a lot of sand with his sandwich, but it didn’t seem to bother him at all. The tide was right out, but that didn’t bother him as there were plenty of little puddles for him to splash in and he helping me while I collected a lot of little shells for use in various scrapbook and altered art projects. I should point out that Tim was with us but didn't want me to put his photos on the blog! Yesterday was a lot more windy, especially on the coast and so we went to The Deep in Hull to see the fish and sharks. Alex loved being able to run around and explore inside the building and enjoyed watching the fish, especially the really big fish. The jellyfish were a hit too, especially the light display of one on the floor.He also liked the soft play area where he spent a happy time throwing himself down this little slide. As we are not allowed to use the flash inside the building and the fish are moving so fast we took loads of blurred photos of fish! However, there were a few successes on the way including this nursing shark. Today Alex went to nursery so that Tim and I could go the cinema and see the new Harry Potter film as I just love those books. It was lovely to go out just the two of us for a change and I really enjoyed the film. Alex by all accounts had a great day at nursery so I didn’t feel too guilty, especially as we played out in the garden together for ages this evening. The other advantage of the day was that it meant that I could get on with some crafting as well and completed another page for my altered art book, which happens to fit with the challenge on Quirky crafts forum to use rough and smooth. This page is about rockpools/seaside and took days to make as I had to stick nearly 90 pages together and let them dry in order to cut out the hole for the shells (the rough part of my challenge!). The stamping round the edge uses Stamps Away stamps, the background paper is pebbles by scrapdashery and the shells were collected from three different beaches, although most were from Cleethorpes on Monday. The quote is the first verse of a poem which reads ‘I held a sea shell to my ear and listened to its tale, Of vessels bounding o’er the main, and all the ships that sail. It sang of brilliant water flowers – the bright anemones, that bloom beneath the ocean waves – tossed in from seven seas’. I also made a scrapbook page following the theme of Love from Scrap and Stamp. It also fits with the flowers and hearts theme from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge. This page uses Sandylion, Basic Grey and K&Co papers, Heidi Grace chipboard and Doodlebug design Alphabet stickers, Stamps Away stamps, Angel kiss flowers and gold peel offs. The journaling reads ‘Tim and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a delicious meal at our favourite Chinese Restaurant, Hui Wei and Sheffield.’ Have a great rest of the week.