The weather was beautiful this morning and I was with the Younger Dancing Tribe boys for a few hours – mum was taking a well-earned rest.
After taking LMD 1 to a ’dancing and movement’ session, we had a walk across the field to the Tithe Barn. The nearby very popular but old play equipment has been removed. We had a chat with the friendly groundsman, who’d tended the area for 28 years and loved his job. He explained the plans for the new play equipment due to be installed – with completion in 4-6 weeks’ time.
The photos I took in the enormous Tithe Barn are not clear due to the poor light in the cathedral-like structure. A tripod would have helped but that doesn’t make for impromptu photos. I have at least got back into the habit of carrying my camera with me – one of those essential rules of photography – ‘Have the camera with you’. My mobile phone camera is a last resort but the quality is poor.
I popped along to have a look in the Granary shop and, on the way, felt several pairs of eyes watching me …
The latest addition to the Younger Dancing Tribe arrived in the world at 6.10pm yesterday weighing 8lbs 3ozs. Here he is at home this afternoon – less than 24 hours old - a gorgeous young man – as yet unnamed in real life.
Sticks, stones and snails formed part of Little Man Dancing’s ‘Collection’ in the garden today. Later, I managed to capture a picture of him after his bath and before bed.
Yesterday, on clearing a table to use the Duplo, he made me smile with this little exchange
LMD: ‘Is this Pops’ iPad?’
Me: ‘No … it’s not an iPad, it’s a Kindle … it’s like a book’
LMD: ‘Oh, I see …. I was just joking Sanma’
… looking for the Gruffalo. We didn’t see HIM but we did find his footprint and a moss-covered Gruffalo toe-nail.
We DID see a deer running along the edge of the trees, though. After stopping to look at us, it ran on.
I came across this last week – it’s amazing colour footage of London in 1927, which happens to be the year my Mum was born.
Reading a forum thread about ‘Simplifying Life’ inspired me to start sorting out STUFF.
So Saturday morning saw me doing a thorough clean of the bathroom, mopping floors there, in the kitchen and utility room, sorting out the airing cupboard and labelling the shelves! I started a ‘Bedding Inventory’ as sheets, duvet colours, pillows, duvets and pillowcases are strategically placed in bedrooms. However the strategy does not work as I can never remember what is where. An inventory seems a weird notion to me but it might help.
I made long sausage-shaped fabric dispensers* for the ‘Rags’ and ‘Bags’ in the airing cupobard (*the type where you shove stuff in at the top and pull out at the bottom). Now I don’t have to rummage around for the 2 cardboard boxes which, at the time, seemed a reasonable storage solution.
One of KIzzy’s mattresses is a cheapie one, which consists of 2 foam layers in a sealed casing. After each washing, the 2 layers part company and move into crazy shapes. I decided to unpick the casing, flatten the layers and then sew them down, quilt fashion, so next wash time they’ll stay in place. Another job done.
Some old pairs of shoes and trousers: Thrown out.
My cleaning bag: Sorted
Another dishcloth knitted: (Almost)