Ben came for the weekend and brought us Grandma and Grandad mugs with Freya's footprint; priceless. On Christmas Day we went for a walk in the park with the kids
On Sunday we spent an enjoyable afternoon at Beryl's with the family.
We had a trip out to Ripon, which could be described as an old market town but its cathedral gives it city status. We parked in the square and, as both the pay and display machines were blocked, we reckoned it was free parking. On emerging from Yorkshire Trading, we saw a traffic warden by Ronnie's car and hurried over as quickly as we could bearing in mind the square was like a skating rink. After explaining that the machines would not accept our money, the warden agreed that we did not need to pay but we had failed to display. We hadn't even tried to print a ticket without paying! Call it Christmas spirit, but no further action was taken.
Took the kids to the Canal Gardens and warmed up in Tropical World and Butterfly House. Just the thing for a freezing cold day.
|Check the temperature!|
This year's panto at Harewood Village Hall was Cinderella and, apart from the Ugly Sisters who didn't really need a mic, we had a good time.
Can't believe it is Freya's first birthday. She had a party for her family and received lots of presents. She is leading a jetsetting life there:
|Swedish Santa pays her a visit|
|....... horse riding|
|...... watching TV?|
Can't wait to see her!
Went to Harlow Carr with the kids. A bit too muddy and icy to go in the maze and playground, but a pleasant walk. From the bird hide we saw a squirrel had somehow managed to get to the tray of seed in the squirrel-proof area. Red Kites were again in evidence.
As I re-read my blog, I am reminded of happy times and good fortune. I have previously mentioned that it wouldn't be real life without its share of misfortunes, disappointments and challenges but I have chosen to focus on the positives.
I am not one for making resolutions for the new year, but I did say near the start of this blog that I would tackle the garden and try some writing this year. I have also set myself the challenge of getting fit (and less fat!). Perhaps my blog should be less eclectic. Feedback always welcome.