Monday, July 31, 2006

No Comment

I've discovered that comments left on this blog have not been reaching me, owing to a cock-up on my part.
The problem has now been rectified.
Oh and here's another cute picture of Alex.

Thursday, July 27, 2006


Picnic in Swanley Park.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Oh I do like to be beside ...

The school holidays start have started and I am off work this week too, so we had a family outing to the seaside today. We visited Broadstairs, a lovely seaside town with a nice sandy beach, about 70 miles away.
Alex coped well with his first beach visit, and Ryan and I really enjoyed swimming and playing in the sea. "99" ice creams, fish and chips, tuppeny arcades and a nice cold pint on a very hot day - we did the lot!

Monday, July 24, 2006


Sunday, July 23, 2006

Jessica & Ryan

This weekend Issy and Tom came to visit with Jessica and Daniel. Ryan and Jessica were very pleased to see each other - they always play together really nicely.
Having inflated and filled the paddling pool for them to cool off in, it then rained for most of the afternoon!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006


A cute photo of Alex to make up for that last one.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

the omen

Alex is giving me one of those 'Damien' stares, and I think mum has realised his true identity and is trying to throttle him!
I haven't seen the recent remake and I don't think I want to.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Ryan unscathed

Mum Helen and Ryan in Danson Park, shortly before the accident.
The oak tree growing out of Helen's head is over 200 years old and has been recognised as one of the "Great Trees of London". I wonder where the other ones are?

Sunday, July 16, 2006

bicycle injury

Ryan came a cropper on his bike today, losing control on a downhill path covered with loose stone chippings. It was horrible for us watching from about 50 yards behind as he careered out of control, waiting for the inevitable crash which seemed to happen in slow motion.

Helen took him to the Danson Stables nearby and the first aider on duty patched him up. He was in shock for a while and felt sick, but then recovered brilliantly and even got back on the bike to ride it to the car.

He has taken the skin off his elbow and his knee, scratched up his stomach face and hands, and bashed his head, but by the time mum bathed him and picked out all the gravel, it didn't look so bad. We were both very proud of him as he was so brave and coped really well.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Have we created a monster?
Ryan is really into temporary tattoos at the moment, especially Spiderman ones.
It was his idea to show off pretending to be "hard" for the camera.

I just read on Wikipedia that the Sham 69 song "Hersham Boys", a record I have owned for 27 years , may have spawned the term chav when Jimmy Pursey shouts "come on the Chavvies".

Sunday, July 09, 2006


Today was the day that the stabilisers came off and Ryan learnt to ride his bike! We were in Danson Park on a gentle grassy slope, and granny and grandad were there to witness the event and help cheer him on. It was a proud day for all of us.
I remember vividly the day I first managed to ride a bike.
Do you?

Friday, July 07, 2006


Ryan and best friend Sian at the school carnival parade.
In case you were wondering, the hats represent bowls of fruit!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Saturday, July 01, 2006

eat football sleep football play football

Ryan had a fantastic football crazy day. Mum, dad and Alex all came to watch his training session at Teviot Rangers Junior Football Club, and he scored a goal in the end of session match! Then he was awarded the much coveted "man of the match" trophy to look after for the week.

Next it was over to his friend Alfie's house for more football and paddling. Then Alfie and Ryan came to our house to have their faces painted and watch the England game, with some football in the garden when it got a bit boring.

Finally it was back to Alfie's house for one last play before mum brought him home to bed. Football-tastic!
Unfortunately dad and the England football team did not have such a good day....