For anyone that is interested the results are out for the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch. From watching the birds in our garden, no surprise there.
Another long walk with the dogs.
Scarlet and Jack came round and we took them for lunch in Letchworth. We went to the Dragon King. The kids love it there.
It was such a nice day that later we all went for another long walk, this time to Jordan’s Mill.
Thought for the Day – “If we could look into each others hearts, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care.” ~ Marvin J Ashton
In the morning the three of us and the three dogs went for a very long walk along the river in Willington, towards Bedford. The dogs loved it running in and out of the river. There were some really lovely houses backing on to the river.
At the end of the walk we sat next to the river for a coffee.
In the evening I cooked a really nice Thai meal, even if I do say so myself!
Thought for the Day – “Be nice to people because the world can be a very difficult place and we all need a little help sometimes.”
What a night with storm Katie. Everything outside was crashing and banging, really gale force winds and at 3am, there was something smashing. I went out and discovered two of the large shed windows had blown out. I managed to rescue one of them and keep it in one piece but the other smashed to pieces. Mal slept through it all!
Back to bed and later we had to clear up all the glass before Ellie could go out.
Our walk was round the orchards. There were a lot of fallen trees on the way. There is a part of our walk that is quite close to the wildlife park. Ellie was curious about the cheetah. I doubt she has ever seen one before! You can just about see it behind the wire.
After the storm it was a lovely walk.
Thought for the Day – “Live now what others dream to live in the future.” ~ Paulo Coelho
We took Easter eggs round to Bletinge. Sol and River had already left for work for their part time jobs. They had so many eggs.
From there we drove up the road to Reculver Country Park for my last 10,000 steps. The walk is along the cliff tops and it was so windy and a very cold wind.
You can see Herne Bay in the distance, we almost walked there but there were council notices saying they had put rat poison down so we didn’t do the last bit. But on the way back we did go to the visitors centre which never seems to be open but was today. It’s quite interesting inside but we had to take it in turns as dogs aren’t allowed in there. Strange they are in the other Wildlife visitors centres.
It’s a custom with Rhys that Easter is always the first BBQ of the year. It doesn’t matter what the weather, even with storm Katie on the way and rain. We used to do this in Sevenscore before we went to Cyprus. This weekend was no exception.
We went over in the afternoon and Rhys had rigged up a temporary canopy with the aid of a ladder which was just as well because at times it was torrential rain. It didn’t dampen our spirits! In between there was a game of boules but they weren’t too impressed when Ellie took the balls to play with!
Later, we had a disco indoors and then a competition, who could pick up the cereal box with their teeth, without putting their hands on the floor and no kneeling because they had to stand up again with the box in their mouth. After each round, another inch was cut off the height of the box! It was fierce competition. Sol was the winner and Lou second! The picture of Lou was just before she toppled over!It’s surprising how much fun you can have for no money!!
Poor Tariq was at work and so missed out on it all.
Thought for the Day – “Family Rules – Love & Cherish, Forgive and Forget,Give Hugs & Kisses, Listen & Learn”
Mal planted some seeds in his Wingham allotment while Ellie and I paced it out around the orchards.I only have one more day after today to do my 10,000 steps.
The apricot blossom is all over the trees and they also have the bees in position for pollination.
Ellie and I even saw the Easter Bunny!
What a change from yesterday’s sunny weather, in the afternoon we went to Wingham Wildlife Park and it really was cold and windy. Of course that meant that a lot of the animals chose to stay indoors. We did watch the tigers being fed. They have both been hand reared.
An awful lot of my 10,000 steps counted this morning in Sandwich. It was such a lovely morning it was easy to keep walking in the sun! I do count them with my phone.
Mal is becoming a grumpy old man about all the building in this country and all the green belt that is disappearing, it appears without anyone really caring, while the rich get richer selling their land and making huge profits. So, when he saw this construction next to the beautiful river in Sandwich he went off on one again …….until we read the sign. So, something positive. It’s surprising what happens in two and a half weeks away!
Planet Thanet Beer Festival is on this weekend. I really couldn’t face another one, as driver, sitting there drinking water!! Thankfully Mal’s youngest son, Dom wanted to meet him there. I dropped him off. I know there was a really good jazz band last year but I would rather not go.
I collected Mal when it finished and he said quite honestly there were far too many beers and he would rather go to the smaller festivals that the local pubs put on! I think he must be mellowing with age. I also expected him to want to go again the following day but he said one night was enough! He did however enjoy the time spent with Dom as we don’t see Gemma and Dom nearly enough seeing as they live so close to us. People all have such busy lives nowadays.
There was the most amazing moon on the way home. Of course this is how they determine Easter. It is on the first Sunday after the first ecclesiastical full moon following the spring equinox, meaning it can be celebrated on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April. They are now trying to change this so it is no longer variable.
In the UK, an act of Parliament passed in 1928 allowed for Easter Sunday to be fixed on the first Sunday after the second Saturday in April.
However, this has never been activated and Easter has remained variable, determined by the moon’s cycle.
Thought for the Day – “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl