Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday afternoon at Quarry Bank Mill

With Ben off at KISC in Switzwerland - 
and Megs staying in Sheffield for the weekend -
after church we went to the National Trust Quarry Bank Mill in Styal.

Lunch in the new garden cafe -
then two woodland walks along the river Bollin -
with a stop for afternoon tea in the mill cafe on the way.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

A first visit to Harrogate

Ok - so not actually our first time in Harrogate -
and we visisted many times back in the 1990s when were frequently stayed in York.

BUT - this was the first of hopefully many trips to visit 
Jonathan, Karen and Katherine in their new home.

Katherine showed us around their house -
then we had the most amazing brunch at The Wild Plum -
{I had courgette bread, poached egg, haloumi and avocado!}
followed by a walk into town, round the shops and parks.
Tea was another trip in to town for pasta and pizza at Ask Italian -
then we drove back over the Pennines home.

Off to Kandersteg

We dropped Ben at Liverpool Airport at 8am -
he met up with the rest of the Aquila Explorers -
 ready to head off to the International Scout Centre at Kandersteg in Switzerland (KISC) 

He is away for a week - 
and with the usual support from the fantastic leaders 
(many of whom have known Ben since he was a tiny Beaver Scout - or earlier!)
I'm sure he will have a fantastic time!

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Don Juan in London #ilovelondon

Had the loveliest day yesterday in London.
The sun shone as we sat outside Kings Cross whilst Megs refueled after her all night rave -
 we walked down to Leicester Square and ate outside at Steak & Co -
 we sat in the National Gallery whilst Megs had a quick nap 
and had great theatre afternoon. 

David Tennant as wonderful as usual in the very rude and very funny Don Juan of Soho. In the interval Catherine Tate walked past and rendered Megs speechless. At the end David gave a speech about London and the terrorist attacks before the cast collected for the red cross appeals. 

Then it was coffee at Foyles and a walk back to the stations. Pretty perfect. 

Friday, 30 June 2017

Finally.... He's left school!

Ben's very last time ever in uniform -
the leavers assembly at Wade Deacon.

During the assembly his head of year mentioned  just a few of the year group (of 306 pupils) by name - about Ben he said "Your smile inspires me every day"

I couldn't ask for more!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Totally Wicked - Idina!

A glorious night with the fabulous Idina Mezel at the Bridgewater Hall

Sunday, 26 February 2017