The Littlest grows up (just a little bit) and walking to school returns

The end of an era, or the beginning of another? The latter I think, but the first day of nursery school is definitely a milestone. I was filling in the nursery’s ‘questionnaire’ about the Littlest’s likes etc over breakfast this morning and we all roared with laughter when I asked her what her favourite rhyme or song was. ‘Let it go’ (from Frozen) was her answer, followed by Katie Perry’s ‘Roar’ – spot the child with older siblings. Her favourite animal is quite obviously a camel (she’d never seen a real live cow or sheep until about 6 months ago) and a tiger. The rest of the Tribe were almost as excited as she was about the prospect of starting nursery. Our Boy wanted to go in late so he could see her going into school! Continue reading The Littlest grows up (just a little bit) and walking to school returns

A school holiday with spring lambs, Easter bunnies and a circus!

Another fabulous day with friends in the spring sunshine
Another fabulous day with friends in the spring sunshine

The holidays have passed in a flash and the Tribe have spent the time outside as much as possible enjoying the glorious spring sunshine.  We have managed to catch up with many friends who we haven’t seen since we’ve been back and new friends we’ve made, but I feel that I need another week to recover.   Continue reading A school holiday with spring lambs, Easter bunnies and a circus!

Night time screeching

Last night after putting the Tribe to bed, I heard a bird screeching outside in the dark.  Tonight, FoTT and I sat outside with a glass of wine, enjoying the mild weather, looking across the fields as dusk turned to darkness.  The Tribe were tucked up in bed exhausted after (another) enthusiastic Easter egg hunt that took them around the garden and field.  It was completely silent; there wasn’t a breath of wind, when suddenly the screeching started again and the white form of a barn owl flew above our heads disappearing into the gloom of the field.  We sat outside for a while longer listening to the screeching.  The hunt for supper was obviously on.

A bird, a rodent and a trip to A&E

With glorious Spring sunshine our doors are open and the Tribe are spending as much time as possible outside.  This morning the Eldest yelled that there was a bird in the house.  Yup, Spring has definitely arrived.  Our biggest cat had managed to catch a tiny blue tit but the tit had somehow managed to escape from his clutches and flown through the house ending up on the window ledge in the playroom (funnily enough behind a pile of soft toy birds; a hummingbird, macau, tawny owl and kestrel).  Using a clean teatowel I gently put it over the terrified bird to stop it damaging its wings and carried it back outside.  Opening the towel, the bird flew straight up into the birch tree.  No harm done. Continue reading A bird, a rodent and a trip to A&E

Sand from the desert arrives in Hampshire!

Piling everyone into the car the other morning as I set off to drive away, I realised that I couldn’t see anything through the windscreen, “What the heck?”  It looked remarkably as if we had woken up in Dubai and got into the truck after some Middle Eastern rain.  The windscreen appeared to be covered in dried ‘wet sand’.  Given the fact that I was on the school run, windscreen wipers ensured I could see where I was going and I didn’t give it further thought, until I heard the news.  I wasn’t going mad, the car was indeed covered in a layer of Saharan sand.

It seem that strong winds blowing over the Sahara  had whipped up sand and then the winds had carried this across to the UK.  As rain fell from the sky, the water droplets picked up the dust in the atmosphere with the result that the falling rain was ‘dirty’.  Amazing!