Once again I’ve left far too much time between blogs, so a quick recap (well—quick for me!) and then I’ll let the photos do the talking!
We had a quiet two weeks while Michael was away. The highlights were a trip to see my cousin and her girls (a long overdue visit!) and then a friend’s birthday party. For the party they went den building in a wood local to our friend’s house. The kids did a great job and had lots of fun.
We were supposed to have a plumber in on the 29th to remove the old kitchen radiator and put a new one in on another wall—but he didn’t show till Tuesday. So a bit of a wasted day—but the end result is good and we are pleased with our choice.
On Halloween I started the day getting very annoyed with my mother as I needed someone to blame for my ignorance! Hazel decided the top on her new witch costume was too itchy, and that wearing another of her dress up costumes wasn’t right for Halloween. So I decided she could wear a plain pink top with her skirt and just put the cape over it. That didn’t work as the cape had nothing to stick to. I remembered that when my mom did my wedding dress, there were some snaps in the sewing box. (Did I mention she was a seamstress? Did I also mention she wouldn’t teach my sister or I how to sew? Ok—I admit it wasn’t something I was eager to learn then! Who knew I’d be so desperate now!) How hard could it be to fasten two snaps onto a top and small cape? Oh—and take the skirt in about 3 inches? Well—it’s amazingly hard for someone who can just thread a needle and then sit there clueless! Anyway—I did it—not the best job in the world but it looked good enough and it only took just over an hour. What does Hazel decide to do? Yes, that’s right; she wanted to wear the pink witches top after all! Arghhhhh! And not once all day did she say it was itchy! Double Arghhhh!!
The day wasn’t completely lost—we went to a local market and bought some more dolls clothes and put in a large order for some more and then they went to recorder class. They were the only kids in costumes out and about and enjoyed the fun of it. We went to a friends Halloween party right after class. They had fun playing party games like bobbing for apples. They went trick-or-treating to a couple of houses and then home.
The 5th of November is Bonfire Night here in the UK. It is celebrated by lighting bonfires (a tad bit obvious!) and firework displays. This was the 1st year we had a bonfire—we trimmed the lilac tree so had plenty of kindling around. The kids enjoyed it—especially having hot chocolate outside! This past weekend was spent relaxing on Saturday—the kids and I baked jam tarts and Michael made what was probably the worst Ciabatta bread ever! We think we need a better recipe!