Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Half term holidays

At last - a dry, sunny day and we were able to get out and enjoy some fresh air . . . very cold fresh air, but delightful all the same.  Zac is still not able to walk far, so we were restricted to just a small area of the Moor, an area known as Fore Down which is popular with the animals who live on the Moor.  But today there wasn't an animal to be seen - no sheep, ponies or cattle.

 A view along the road that runs alongside Fore Down; it has a speed limit to protect the animals which tend to wander across the road, because in their opinion, the grass is MUCH better and tastier than the huge area of grass they already stand on. 

Looking across Fore Down to Caradon Hill and the remains of an Engine House and several mine chimneys, reminders of the mining that used to take place here over a century ago. 

And on the top of Caradon Hill, the 780 feet high mast which is a part of the transmitting station up there.  My TV signal relies on this mast (as long as the weather is kind - any heavy rain or storms interfere with the signals!)

I just had to show more photos of my flowers, even more colourful and far more scented now that the Lilies are open.

 It's half term for the schools in this area, so I've got my two youngest grandchildren staying with me for a few days.  Yesterday was great, as it was sunny and we were able to go to a beach for a short while (too cold to linger in the north wind that was coming off the sea) but exhilarating to watch the big waves crashing on to the sand. We crossed the road from the beach and spent some time in the adventure playground but again, the cold ensured we didn't linger for too long! Instead we headed for the Beach Cafe for a mug of warming hot chocolate each.
Cooling it down enough to sip and enjoy -

Showing off the obligatory moustache!

Moustache number 2! 

 Eleanor had a surprise when she found a new toy nestled among her teddies; she is horse-mad so was thrilled to find a cuddly knitted pony, made by a friend of mine.
The pony is now called Fudge and is her constant companion, either snuggled in bed with her or cuddled in her arms. 

And isn't she being good with her new glasses; she was only given them (to correct a lazy eye) a week ago and has worn them all day, every day since then. At night, we read the bedtime story together then she takes her glasses off and puts them safely in their case on her bedside table.
Today it has rained . . . and rained . . . and rained, so we have played UNO ( a card game) endlessly! It is a struggle to keep two energetic, bouncy kids entertained when they are confined to the house.  I think we might be making cakes later! 


  1. Oh my...entertaining little people takes a bit of energy! Making cakes is good.
    Ponies obviously feel that the grass is greener on the other side of the road!

  2. The scenery is lovely and you will be busy. All little girls love ponies and horses I think.

  3. The moors are lovely. It's always fun to spend time with the Grands. I try to think of some projects to keep mine busy when they visit.

  4. It sounds like you are having a fun but exhausting time with your grandchildren, let's hope the weather improves so you can get out and about with them so they can burn off some energy. xx

  5. It's quite frustrating when the weather is bad because right opposite my home is the village playing field and a very good adventure playground where the children love to let off steam and use up some of that energy. Today, my living room has borne the brunt!
    Only one morning to go; we have to leave by 11.15 tomorrow morning, drive to their home to collect their Mum and then on to the hospital in Plymouth where she has an appointment at 1pm. Afterwards, I shall take them all to their home.

  6. Although you might not be able to go far with Zac you have a beautiful place to walk1 Fudge is very cute, and so is his owner! xx

  7. She IS a bit special, the first girl to be born after so many boys! But she is a real live wire. Phew!
    Yes, we are in a lovely area, on the edge of Bodmin Moor and within reach of lots of beaches. (Just need some decent weather . . . )


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