Newstead Abbey

A really stunningly beautiful visit to Newstead Abbey, the former home of Lord Byron. Such a beautiful time of year Autumn, so many pretty colours and so little people-perfect! Think we will go and visit when the house is open as I'm super curious now...


Was a bit chilly..


We thought this garden frog statue was cool, shame it was in disrepair..



The maze was only small but smelled strongly of Lavender 



Super cool statues...a bit like Narnia but hubby said it was Pan?


A girl version


A little grotto


Watching water hit rocks is incredibly relaxing



Stepping stones!




More water! You could walk around the back of the actual water and that's were Cordelia and Ruben were standing:


Can you see them?


Just what we all needed-some fresh air in beautiful surroundings xXx

Ruben makes a board game!

Today Ruben decided to make his own board game called Monstermon he's using Magyk cards and Pokemon cards.

He has built the game board from cardboard and paper. The first attempt saw him using plain paper and lego to build buildings. Hubby played it with him but they quickly realised that it needed revising so Ruben went off to change some things before coming back to play again. Second time around and still more changes needed to off Ruben went again  to make these changes including sticking score point boards on to the game board. He has also diligently drawn and coloured in patterns and scenery on the board:



He's currently designing a beach/mountain landscape for the other side too.

I think all of this has come from spending the weekend at the Showroom cinema at a film making workshop with Cordelia. They had such a great time and hopefully will receive their final film version on DVD in the post next week :-) it's so wonderful to see  them being inspired!

Elsewhere in the house today....Cordelia is still feeling unwell with her cold but put a brave face on it so she wouldn't miss pony club this evening. Piper has been out with me to meet up with her friend and her mum for a coffee/catch up. They all watched a very interesting documentary on CBBC about a transgender boy, as they have a friend going through the same thing it was really helpful and insightful. They amaze me with their acceptance and understanding of such a delicate subject and show maturity way beyond their years.

Growing up! And park days


Oh my goodness my babies are growing up so fast!

Cordelia in her Black Veil Brides t-shirt, war paint and headscarf:


Piper the EMO :)



After dropping the girls in town to do some shopping we took Ruben up to the park to practise his skateboarding, live the seventy on these shots...



Autumn is Awesome



Monkeying around with Dad




See-sawing with Mama



These are the days to remember and enjoy being alive :)

Happy Halloween 2014


Our kids love halloween but it's always such a disappointment in this country! Still they'd spent weeks on their costumes and all looked brilliant. Ruben as Link for the Zelda game and Piper as Adventure Time's Marceline:




Cordelia's Ringwrsith costume:



Getting excited about trick or treating, the front of the house decorated with our pumpkins



Rubens Spider-Man pumpkin:


Cordelia's batman pumpkin;


Bailey's Halo pumpkin:


Piper's spooky face pumpkin (our first home grown pumpkin ever!):



Inside the children decorated the hallway including this mummified door we saw on Pintrest:


Another Pintrest idea, Harry Potter message on the mirror with lipstick:


Hubby and I in our Mexican death mask make up by our talented daughter Cordelia :)



Gorgeous Piper on her handmade hairbow:


Link again!


I made the kids halloween goodie bags by filling plastic gloves with sweets! Another Pintrest!


Happy Halloween!!!

Llandudno on the beach in October


Yep can you believe it? Eating ice creams in t-shirts on the beach in October!!! Awesome :)



This could be the South of France?!


A rare photo of the Four Pesky Hobbits..




Piper and Chub



Delicious ice creams..


Finding the white rabbit...



Playing more board games at the holiday cottage...