Monday, 1 February 2010

Somerset Weekend

We have had a lovely and gentle weekend at my parents house in Somerset. We arrived on Friday in time for lunch, after a good journey. Alex was determined we were going to go outside into the garden and down the road to play pooh sticks in the river and the steam, which he thoroughly enjoyed…he was even happier when two trains went past! Saturday morning wasn’t quite as easy for him however as we went to Clark’s retail village in Street to buy him some much needed new shoes, boots, fleece and coat. I also got some new shoes and boots! He coped remarkably well, especially when we let him run round outside and go on the ‘music car’.
In the afternoon my Godfather Geoff and his wife Barbara brought Gran over to us for afternoon tea. It was so special to see them as it has been far too long. I can’t believe that Geoff and Barbara are both 80 now. We had a lovely catch up and good old natter while eating Mother’s delicious homemade scones with cream and raspberry jam!
That evening there was the most beautiful orange full moon. I really needed a tripod in order to photograph it as you can see, but I had to give it a go and at least you get the idea of the colour.
Alex loved having Grandma read him stories, while Grandad fell asleep listening to them!
On Sunday morning there was the most glorious sunrise and we sat and watched the birds come to the feeder, including great tits, coal tits, blue tits, chaffinches, green finches, a gold finch and a black cap! Two robins were sat on the ground squabbling over who had the right to be underneath the feeder to gather up the crumbs! Mother then took Alex to Vivary park in Taunton while I went to see Gran’s new flat. It really is lovely and she is very comfortable there. The views from every window of the Blackdown Hills are fantastic. We then travelled back on Sunday afternoon. Today I have cleaned the house from top to bottom and caught up with some crafting! This scrapbook page, entitled Natural Beauty follows the sketch from Unscripted sketches, and uses pressed heather, Bazzil and Making Memories cardstock and ribbon that I won last week! The journaling reads ‘A perfect August afternoon walk on the Quantocks with the wild horses, a clear view across the estuary to Wales and the beautiful contrasting colours of the heather and gorse in full bloom’ The second page is entitled ‘Cheeky’ and follows this weeks Pencil Lines sketch and the monochromatic theme from Scrap and Stamp. It also fits with the hearts theme from Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and crafty cardmakers. What is more, Scrap, Stamp and Doodle were having a 'free' week where you can enter any creating you like. I used Bazzil, Cosmo Cricket and My Mind’s Eye card and paper, with stamps from Stamps Away and free from Papercraft Inspirations (about 2 years ago!) and Cardmaking and Papercraft (1 year ago). The journaling reads ‘Alex has such a cheeky and mischievous little face with incredibly expressive and enormous blue eyes. He is so easy to love! September 2009’. It is back to work for me tomorrow so have a great rest of the week everyone.


{Jane} said...

Great layout

Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x

lari scrap said...

Love your take!
Great job!
thanks for playing!
Larissa from PL

Momiji said...

your photos are fantastic..thanks for sharing..
I love the robin...
and lovely to see your nans new flat..

LazyKay said...

Glad you got there ok and I can see you had a great time. Beautiful photos, esp the robins.

Your Gran's flat looks very posh, no wonder she's chuffed with it. I'm so pleased she's doing well now.

Great layouts.


Kelly said...

Your kids are adorable! Love the layouts, but the "cheeky" one is wonderful!

thanks for joining US again! love to see your work-

dstandard said...

Fabulous pictures and great pages!

Pencil Lines DT Co-Ordinator said...

hi caro, so loving that photo on your Pencil Lines layout!

Helen said...

Awwww...cute LO!
Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
Helen x

Sarah said...

More wonderful pictures and artwork!! You made me so homesick looking at all your pictures.
Your Unscripted LO is just FAB as is your cheeky one.
Thanks for playing along with US this week.
Sarah M
Unscripted DT

Jack said...

What a fabulous page. So clean looking - love it.
Jack (Crafty Cardmakers)

Pamela said...

Great layouts!