Monthly Archives: September 2012

play with Misty for me

It is Sunday lunch-time and Sheila and I go to Stoke Newington to see Thom and Tara and their rag-doll kitten, Misty. When we arrive to our delight Louisa and Danae and their families also appear and we all have lunch around the corner at Homa.

Misty is the centre of attention

As we arrived at Homa it suddenly became clear that Tove was NOT with us! Thankfully she was just outside, 20 yards along the street, but having crossed a side road. She was sitting cross-legged on the pavement quite unperturbed and explained to me that she took care crossing and was waiting for us. Who could possibly throw stones at David Cameron for leaving his daughter behind in a pub!

But it is a wonderful afternoon and Misty is a friendly, beautiful cat, with amazing blue eyes,  that tolerantly allows the grandkids to cathandle her.


Paradise Park

WE are looking after Tove and Harper for the weekend whilst Louisa and Julian go to Faisal’s wedding in Somerset. Today we take them to Paradise Park. The place has changed since I was last there a couple of years ago and is much improved, less Wookey Holeish,  and very enjoyable.

there were real lions too!

and a tiger!

My favourite part, as always, is the train ride through the forest.

watching out for tigers

and dinosaurs!!!!

Tove says it was an “exciting day.”

And see more on Flickr.

Rocco starts Big School today

Blustery weather – the end of summer? It’s still sunny at times but swift clouds scudding in, windy and grey sometimes. The Atlantic winds blowing in the remnants of the tropical hurricanes have arrived.

So it must be back to school.

Rocco in his new uniform

And it is!

Rocco starts Big School today and will be in Miss Thompson’s class.



it works!

It is Rocco’s last day before starting Big School and joining Miss Thomas’s class (Esme has already started back today in Miss William’s class). So we build a hovercraft. And it hovers! Sort of.

Thames cable car

A Happy Monday extension: Esme and Rocco are not yet back to school so Sheila and I take them to Canary Wharf for lunch and then North Greenwich to ride the Emirates Cable Car across the Thames to Royal Victoria.

Billy Murray and Chris Langham are being filmed in Browns where we eat

flying high

the view across the Thames

and below!

Rocco drives the train back to Stratford





hellington hall

The Griswalds descend on Norfolk. Southwold, sadly is no longer available and in any case would now be too small. Marston Manor, in Dorset, was great but we decide on a family holiday in Norfolk and Hellington Hall is the place.

Thom and Esme in Beccles aboard the only existing MTB – one that Churchill used on D-Day

sunrise over St. John the Baptist on my early morning cycle ride. The church was my leit motif

the train took the strain

a walk-way through the trees in Bewilderment park

Tove on a swing

Esme organised a FUNd-raising night for GOSH/NSPCC

Five go mad in Norfolk. Well, four do here….

…..and another, slightly different, four are here.

aboard the “Queen of the Broads”

as above (or aft?)



Our adventures included a visit to Norwich Castle, Bewilderment Park, Wells and Walsingham and the model railway, the Broads and Sutton Hoo. Whilst I had many favourite moments one of the best was cycling along the Broads with Sheila, Danae, Louisa and Thom.

the helmet at Sutton Hoo

Sheila playing the piano in the drawing room at Sutton Hoo

My diary and photos are in MacJournal and Flickr.