Sunday, February 17, 2008

Happy New Year

The kids and I popped in briefly at the local Chinese New Year celebration today – picked up some freebie paper dragons, ate some nice chow mein, saw some dragon dancing and impressive brush painting and listened to some singing and speeches.

We moved swiftly on to drop Pearlie off at a birthday party, where she had a lovely time involving games, sweets and birthday cake. Meanwhile, Leo and I had a pleasant little stroll through the nearby woods. There were signs of spring everywhere – blossom and buds on the trees, birds singing and building nests, snowdrops.
Leo saw a rabbit, and we also spotted some blue tits, a robin, a blackbird and lots of magpies. He constructed himself a ramp, to climb up on top of a fallen tree trunk and generally interacted with the woods delightfully.

From the bus stop on the way home, we saw a lovely view of Brighton, all the way over to another hill top, which happens to be where we were standing yesterday, looking at the view.

It’s a short walk from our house to the top of this hill, where there are allotments and this radio mast – anyone know what all these things are attached to it?

Other things we have been doing include:
  • Reading – Leo has finished The Subtle Knife and moved on to The Amber Spyglass. I finished reading him Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and he has Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters all lined up for Allie to read to him when she’s finished her current book with Pearlie. Pearlie finished The Past, the Present and the Loud, Loud Girl and borrowed a Clarice Bean book from the library.
  • Entertaining a visiting friend – lovely evening catching up over a bottle of wine
  • Playing Rummy – Pearl’s current passion
  • Painting our room – very gradually, as there’s so much furniture in there
  • Thinking about the Bermuda Triangle – Leo is developing new theories about a third pole
  • Keeping an eye on the temperature – P. made a chart of temperature changes over a couple of hours this morning, measured using her treasured indoor/outdoor thermometer
  • Using public services – two visits to libraries and two to swimming pools in the last week
  • Watching quality programming on the BBC – Life in Cold Blood, Lark Rise to Candleford, and Ashes to Ashes – and lightweight brain candy on ITV3 – Rosemary and Thyme.

1 comment:

Gill said...

I love all those pics but especially the one of the view over the houses - that's amazing. I think it's the long grass and the children on the foreground that make it so incredibly good.

We had a little walk yesterday too and saw signs of spring - very heartening!

I suspect the things on the mast are something to do with mobile phone signals? Not sure exactly though.

Would like to know more about the 3rd pole theory - that's intriguing.

Sympathies re: furniture and painting! We're very familiar with that scenario here.