Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Saturday, 18 August 2007
Friday, 17 August 2007
A couple of weeks ago we started decorating our hideous hall, stairs and landing. It was a big job as the previous colour was a bright red and took some covering up.
Looks much better.
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
I know we went in May this year before i began this blog, but i thought it too nice an entry to miss, so back tracking to May, this is our weekend in Disneyland and Paris.
We travelled down to Dover by coach to pick up the ferry, it was an extremely long and arduous journey which started at 3.30am and wasn't very enjoyable but at least we had nice people sitting near us and that helped the journey to pass a little quicker.
Once on the ferry we had chance to walk around and stretch our legs, Jonathan was a little unsure and went a nice shade of green!
The journey from Calais to Paris was quite long but we caught up on some sleep and then had the beautiful French countryside to admire. It wasn't too long before we arrived and were able to get some food and have a walk around, although by now it was nearly 10pm so we were feeling bleary eyed.
This is where we ate.
Jonathan liked this fruit and veg stall.
This is the Sacre coeur church, we didn't go inside as it was too late but it looked nice from the outside. The surrounding streets were bustling and typically Parisian and it gave you a true feel of the place.
We then got the coach again for our last lap of the journey, back to our Hotel. It was basic but clean warm and comfortable and we all crashed out and slept like babies.
The next morning one very excited little boy got up for his breakfast, today was "D" day... and he'd waited patiently since Christmas for this day to come, he could hardly contain himself.....Jonathan was pretty excited too!! LOL
Disneyland here we come!!
Wow it was a dream come true and we acted like 10 year olds not just Jonathan.
Though several of my friends had been and told me all about it nothing could have prepared me for the sight that next met my eyes.....
Sleeping beauty's castle.
We had a lovely day despite the rain, which turned out to be a blessing as the queues for some of the rides were up to 45 minutes but once the rain started a lot of the local people went home and the waiting times dropped to about 10 minutes..Result!
Jonathan's fave ride was Thunder Mountain.
We had a really wonderful time, one which we shall never forget.
On the following day we had a tour of Paris itself before coming home. We saw the arc de triumph which is quite literally awesome in size.
and Jonathan got his
photograph taken next to the Eiffel tower.
Although it was a tiring weekend it was one of the best we'd ever had.
Monday, 6 August 2007
Dudmaston is a beautiful 17th century mansion house and although it is now owned by the National Trust it is still occupied by the latest generation of the Labouchere family.
The grounds were magnificent it had acres of lawn, woodland and shrubbery. It even had it's own lake.
The clock tower had just narrowly escaped demolition from a giant red wood tree which had come down in some high winds.
Inside was equally grand and housed one of this country's largest private collections of modern art, which seemed quite unusual in such an old house.
We enjoyed our visit and would recommend it, we took a picnic and sat at a picnic table shaded by some huge ancient trees in the warm afternoon air, lovely.
Friday, 3 August 2007
The last thing we decorated was the study, it used to be Jonathan's nursery- he is 10 now so that gives you an idea of how long it took us to do something with it. I do hasten to add that Jonathan moved out of that room into a bigger one about 7 years ago so as not to endure the Teletubbies a moment longer than he had to!-
I've got to admit that it was worth the wait and I am pleased with the final result-
I even made my own canvasses to hang on the wall of the dogs- and matched the colour to the paint -aubergine.
But now I'm on holiday from work I thought it the ideal time to start the hall, stairs and landing. It has looked awful for ages now in it's hideous bright red state that makes it so dark and depressing.
We started scraping the layers of paint away and the wall underneath was in a terrible state, it would have needed plastering which we can do without so we have decided to wallpaper it now to cover up the blemishes.
I chose some today and it looks nice, I have done all the glossing I have to paint the ceiling now then i can hang the paper. Watch this space for updates!