4 nights spent in the Lake District, walking by lakes and streams, climbing fells and riding on the "Ratty". The weather was pretty kind and we managed 2 walks. One of 5.5 miles and one 4.5.
We also called in on a NT property on the way home and the kids made 2 bird feeders each. They were the oldest at the activity table (a little too old maybe?!) and so they got to go in the field in front of the hide and hang theirs up after the other kids had left!
The "Ratty" is the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway is a 15 inch minimum gauge heritage railway in the Eskdale Valley. It runs from Ravenglass to Dalegarth Station neat Boot. The journey took us about 40 minutes through beautiful woodland and fells.
Alex went off on her bronze DofE practice weekend and managed 1 night in a 2 man tent - carrying it and putting it up herself with her other Senior Section Guides. More walking is needed though to build up her stamina as she was shattered when she came home!
2 1/2 hours were spent in A&E after I managed to slosh hot cooking oil on my decolletage after I took a roasting pan out the oven not realising it contained any oil :( Thankfully it is healing really well but I have had 7 dressing changes so far and got to know my district nurses very well! Hopefully the next change will be the last one then it's down to fresh air and bio oil to work it's magic!
And the most important news was 1 new job was secured at a well known internet/tv company and sponsor of the X Factor after a few months of looking. It's a mere 3 roundabouts away from where I used to work so still only a 10 minute commute! However it is an extra 10 hours a week so we'll see how I cope working full time for the first time in 12 years. The extra money will be nice though (another number I could share but I will refrain!)