Well, we're back!!
Whilst the Moog was away with the in-laws, Moogsdad, Monster, Minx and I have had eight days away camping in beautiful Dorset.
Those of you in the UK will appreciate that the last week has not been what you might consider perfect camping weather. We pitched our tent at a lovely campsite last Saturday and the afternoon was lovely.
The night was less lovely.
The night of the gales.....
......and 40+mm of rain!
It was an experience. I tend not to sleep well when we go camping. I didn't sleep at all for four nights!!
What with that and no hairdryer I was not looking my best!
The kids, however, were oblivious to the weather, slept solidly and had bags of fun with my cousins' children :)
On a soggy bank holiday Monday we headed to the Tank Museum at Bovington. Moogsdad and Monster loved it. It's a great place really. If you like tanks.
We squeezed in a lovely bloggy meet up with the fabulous Mrs Trash and her gorgeous children at Old Wardour Castle - thanks for sharing your picnic (again!) Trashy!! Whilst there, Monster got away with spending pocket money, in the castle shop, on a bow and arrow set when Moogsdad took him shopping!
We moved to another lovely campsite on Thursday where the weather was much better behaved (shame about the idiot four blokes who pitched by us on Saturday afternoon and spent the evening and late into the night talking and swearing loudly. More insomnia meant I was about ready to castrate them all!!).
We revisited an old favourite - Corfe Castle and discovered a new one - Kingston Lacy - making the most of our 'impulse buy' National Trust membership.
Saturday 31st was the first anniversary of my Mum's death. I didn't know how I would be feeling but Moogsdad was a star and took us on a fabulous boat trip from Swanage to Brownsea Island.
Brownsea is one of the last refuges for the red squirrel in England. We didn't see any of them but we saw where they'd been! Lots of chewed pine cones were evident but no little chewers.
Brownsea is also the site where Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, held his first Scout camp and is still an important Scouting venue to this day. We saw lots of Scouts. No squirrels but lots of scouts.
Mum had loved Brownsea when she visited on a birdwatching trip a few years ago and it was a lovely place to be on such a poignant day. She was there with me in my heart. Laughing 'cos she'd seen the squirrels!!
Whilst I've been away I've been tagged by Joannabags and Jane- and as I have nothing crafty to show for the past week I thought why not :)
What was I doing ten years ago - 1998
Ten years ago Moogsdad and I moved to Southampton - a move I have never regretted :)
5 things on my to do list for today
Washing (LOADS after 8 days away), food shopping (a carLOAD after 8 days away!), pick up work emails (LOADS after 8 days away!!), pick up home emails (53 after 8 days away!!!), start to read all the blog posts I've missed in Google Reader (455 after 8 days away!!!!)
Snacks I enjoy
Walker's crisps, fruit, toast, wine!
Things I would do if I was a millionaire/billionaire
Keep enough to live happily ever after in a smallholding in Dorset or Devon with onsite craft studio, invest plenty for my children's future, help out friends and family and give a good chunk to charities researching brain tumours.
Places I have lived
Birmingham, Dagenham, Northampton, Southampton
6 people I want to know more about
I'm going to cop out now and not tag anyone - 'cos I'm a rebel - but if you'd like to pick up this tag and bare your soul please do :)
I am now going to see if I can start to make inroads into the HUGE number of posts sitting in Google Reader - forgive me if I take a day or two to comment as I'm still doing the laundry too!!