We had a late-night visitor tonight, as this cute little hedgehog decided to make an appearance.
He (or she!) is more than welcome to eat up the slugs that seem to love our garden at the moment!
The plan was for Hannah and Thomas to sleep outside in the garden tonight (in a tent, before anyone calls social services!)
The excitement was palpable as we put up the tent and brought in the books, magazines, sweets, etc...
Unfortunately, Daddy (who was sleeping in the kitchen by the door, in case of emergencies) was woken up at 11:30 that night by a Hannah who couldn't sleep. Which also woke up Thomas, who then couldn't sleep. So, everyone ended up in their own beds that night by midnight!
We took advantage of a sunny Saturday and headed up Garth Mountain today.
As seems to be becoming usual, the children left the oldies behind...
Some great views from the top.
And the opportunity for a family photograph, care of the timer on the camera!
We nearly got a wet Will, though - this photo shows him about to lose his balance and fall in a stream because he was waving so vigorously! Luckily, Ruth managed to catch him before he went splash!
Grumpy had his birthday party today at our house. He was serenaded by the house orchestra!
When you get to Grumpy's age, it's hard work blowing out all of your candles. Thankfully, Will was willing to help out.
Grumpy seemed to enjoy himself, and even got introduced to Spotify while he was there, which was supplying the party music. Who says that you can't teach an old dog new tricks?!?
The children (and Uncle Tim who was the only grown up brave enough to face the icy waters) made the most of the last day of our holiday with some paddling.
Unfortunately, Thomas actually ended up sitting in the stream, not just paddling - but that's what holidays are about!
Will was lucky enough to celebrate his birthday while we were on holiday - one of the pluses of an August birthday! The only problem was that he had to share his birthday cake with more people!
Mummy helped with unwrapping the presents...
...and Anya demonstrated how to use them!
The woodwind section of the orchestra provided the party music.
Still enjoying our holiday in Craven Arms, we headed along the road from our cottage to visit Stokesay Castle, where we were treated to tales of knights and battles, archery demonstrations, and the chance to dress up as knights.
The castle itself was beautiful...
... but the kids felt that it was missing a TV, so they converted the well into one!
Some great photo opportunities when the costumes went on!