we spent the weekend visiting with friends , and had a really lovely time. They drove to meet us here at Belton House near Grantham, which would be perfect for a grand blog friend meet up. It's very grand, it has lovely gardens,
we could all rush around like busy bees meeting each other, and oohing and aaahing over the flowers,
we would of course have to be properly dressed for the occasion, for once we could wear outfits and say "does my bum look big enough in this".....
the children would have to dress up too of course, which might make going on the fantastic adventure playground a bit hard but I'm sure they'll manage.
back to reality, we got caught in a huge rainstorm whilst going round the gardens, everyone else ran for the cover of a huge tree, but E and I were going round the maze, which was about shoulder height, so they could all see us frantically running here and there trying to get out, all the while getting wetter and wetter.....
the next morning at our friends house near Cambridge the sun came back and we had breakfast in their garden, a treat I don't think we've managed all summer in Yorkshire.
and then we went to visit a place I imagine to be perfect for dottycookie and her lovely girls,
where we did pond dipping in the lakes and caught tiny fish and beetles,
no this photo isn't upside down, these are reflections
and then we found a play area where the grown ups all behaved responsibly at all times.......
In the afternoon we went to Wicken Fen, where I'd last been on my first year field trip as a college student, many many years ago....
we found beautiful flowers amongst the sedges
and it would be a perfect place for Tracy to visit, apparently there are 24 species of dragonfly to be found here throughout the year.
and peaking through the boardwalks we spotted the tiniest lizard - you know your children have been watching too many natural history programs (Lost Land of the Jaguar was the recent favourite)
when your 7 year old says "do you think it's a new species?"