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Monday, July 17th, 2006
8:52 am
Planning permission
We have planning permission at last!!!!!!!! I can barely believe that two years after submitting our initial request we have finally been granted the permissions we were after. Now we can tick off number 50 out of 5000 things to do.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
7:10 pm
The Beach
We went to Woolacombe beach for the day today - it was warm with a slight breeze and have managed to pick up some colour but not burnt. The annual Sandcastle competition was on (I would share the pictures with you but I cannot transfer them still)and the sand sculptures were amazing - a VW beetle (Herbie), three Lions, Ice cream cones, mermaid on walruses and so on. The kids had a great time jumping waves as the water was quite warm and Ben is getting better at body boarding too. David needed the rest too as he has been working so hard recently.

Current Mood: content
Friday, June 23rd, 2006
7:06 pm
Frustrating Computers
Well I am thoroughly pissed off. I stupidly upgraded my kodak share on the system today and then went to transfer some photos and could no longer do this. I went onto the internet to trouble shoot again to no avail and of course Kodak help desk in Hemel Hempstead have gone home for the weekend so I logged a problem but will have to wait now for someone to call me back.

Current Mood: annoyed
Saturday, June 3rd, 2006
4:10 pm
As Sarah had arrived on Friday night we decided another tourist event coming on and we all set off (in two cars this time) to Clovelly. It was really hot, but very pleasent by the coast, the walk down the cobbled streets to the harbour is full of picture post card stuff and all views are fab. Michelle and Kathy even took the kids paddling in the water until Ben found a crab and decided that this was not for him!
Views attached

Friday, June 2nd, 2006
7:24 pm
Kathy and Michelle arrived by Train from London last night, seems to be a good way to get here to avoid the hassle of motorways. Anyway we decided to make use of the North Devon Festival and went off to Appledore to see the Appledore Arts festival in action. What a lovely little village, narrow streets and loys of origional features here. There were art galleries in peoples froont rooms and along the waterfront loads of marques with different arty displays. The kids got tucked into the clay and made and decorated various different pots - the theme was to build a giant clay cake!! then they did some painting before we headed to a pub for lunch. Again the weather was georgeus and we felt very relaxed. I have since discovered if we had continued walking round the coaltal path we would have reached the life boat station - o

Thursday, June 1st, 2006
7:09 pm
Watermouth Castle
Today I took the kids to Watermouth Castle which is located on the coast between Ilfracombe and Combe Martin. The sun was shining and it made a great day out - that is after Ben had overcome his fear of the dungeons and was able to venture out into the Park. There is Gnomw world along with all the things that kids like to do - slide tunnels, carosel rises, water rides and so on - I would recommend this park for thos with Children under 10 years old.

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006
7:07 pm
On the BH Monday of half term I took the kids to Rosemore Gardens in Torrington. A beautiful place and we even managed to get lost there are so many different gardens to see. The kids decided they wanted to support England so wore their cap and wig all day!!!
Saturday, May 27th, 2006
11:21 am
Bed and Breakfast
We have actually had a few bed and breakfast guests in recently!! They tend to be one nighters who are driving by and see our sign from the road. I then go into panic mode - have we got eggs and bacon etc got breakfast etc so I now buy these all the time to ensure that we are not caught out. Yesterday we had another B&B in Wembworthy book out to us (they had a family emergency) so we have a lady staying this weekend who is attending a local herbal course, so I went into overdive and baked some scones for her arrival. When she arrive I then discovered that she does not eat dairy (I used butter in the scones) so David is happily munching his way through eight home made scones with Clotted cream. This morning I made porrige for our guest (with water and not milk). Anyway it is all a learning curve and good data collection for our barns. Also the kids are learning that they have to be quiet in the morning so as not to disturb the whole house.
This coming weekend we have a full house as friends of mine (six adults and one child) are coming doen to visit. They came last year and we had great fun. Half term this week - will I survive?

Current Mood: busy
Monday, May 22nd, 2006
12:42 pm
It is that season again - our house seems to be infested with spiders! Not liking them my self I did try very hard not to pass my phobia on to the kids, however Charlotte refused to go to sleep on Saturday night as there was a spider on her ceiling. Daddy to the rescue and swept her bedroom of any insects. (As Doctor Who was on TV at that time Ben cuddled up to me as Cyberman are far more menacing than our own wildlife) Ahhhh as I sit here I have just spotted another one. Ok Got it. Ben being a typical boy has discovered the fun of sucking up the vacume cleaner, never has it been used so much - indeed I have to keep on retrieving it from his bedroom as he seems to have acquired it as his owm private property.
Sunday, May 14th, 2006
7:40 am
School Fayre
We went to Bens' school fayre yesterday, not a big event as there are only 40 pupils but the kids did enjoy it. Both of them had their faces painted, Ben was a Ware-wolf and Charlotte a Zebra, it is amazing how the paint changes their look. They then went home to scare the dog, who actually was more scared of my camera and kept on barking at it.
We did remarkable well in the raffle and won kids coat-hooks, a bottle of wine and a picture. Lets home our luck continues . . . . . .

Current Mood: awake
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
2:51 pm
Our Website
Today our website is live . . .www.bridgefarmdevon.co.uk any comments or ideas are welcome as this is its first stage and we will need to continue to develop it.

This morning I went back to the opticians to try our contact lenses. My right eye was great however my left eye blurred - aparently the lense moves in your eye and as my poor sight is mainly due to stignatisims the eyeball moves and distorts it so they need to change the prescription on that eye. So I will try again in another few weeks. I did however order my varifocal glasses (the ones that confirm that I am getting older and make me feel slightly seasick) so I need to give them a try out.

Charlotte has gone to a friends house to play so I now need to catch up with my own work.

Current Mood: giddy
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2006
8:00 pm
The Sheep have arrived!!
Wednesday saw the removal of our static caravan - we finally sold it and it was collected on Wednesday. Charlotte and her friend from school came over for lunch and a play and they were very entertained by the tractors and machines that came to remove the caravan. It took them about three hours to get it packed up and go.
Martin very quickly placed about 30 sheep in the field to eat the grass for us. They are the strangest of creatures and watch me hang out the washing and all stand on the upturned gate that we had in the field as a step for the caraven. Still as long as they do their job. . .

Current Mood: crazy
Thursday, April 27th, 2006
7:48 pm
Inlaws have gone home
The relief of it. John and Eva have returned to Stoke on Trent and the house is ours again. It is very mean of me and they have tried to be helpful and took Ben to the pool for his lesson etc. however they are not restful house geusts. Today the sun is shining again. Charlotte wore another of her new sets of clothes to Nursery and she was excited as they were going to have another birthday cake for her at school today (provided by me of course).

Back into the routine I spent the morning at the gym, then collected Charlotte and we spent about an hour in the sunshine in Burrington on the swings with her friends. When she came home Charlotte then wanted a picnic in the garden, and Daddy joined her when he came home. I finished the ironing and mowed the lawn as she has a friend coming over to play tomorrow - long may this weather continue.

Current Mood: happy
Monday, April 24th, 2006
1:31 pm
The St Georges' Day Birthday Girl
Well - Yesterday was Charlotte's 4th Birthday. Both kids had only just returned from Stoke with Nana Eva and Grandad on Saturday so were very excitable anyway. We started the morning with Present opening on our Bed. WOW! she got so many presents - beautiful clothes, Barbie cars, handbags, jewellery, soft toys, DVD,s etc. . .and in anticipation of her party a Snow White Dress - very becoming!! IN the few hours until the party she had several dress changes before going back to the first choice. Ben helped me blow up the balloons and we decorated the gates outside, hall, living room and kitchen.

Chuckles the clown turned up at 11.30 to set up and change, and then all the kids arrived from midday. The Clown was a great success, he worked so well with the kids and they all wanted balloon prizes. Charlottes particulary liked the magic tricks (she was an assistant) and dancing to the Grandstand theme tune - she knows this as it was in one of Ben's musical birthday cards in September which she acquired. Ben won a prize for musical statues too. For ease I served up the local butchers best sausages with chips followed by ice lollies. The mums who stayed to watch enjoyed it as much as the kids.

Ben then has a disco party in the village at 3pm, there are three children in Burrington who share this birthday so maybe in later years it is worth doing a joint affair.

Well and truly knackered Charlotte then opened all her friends presents and I was just thankful it was all over for another year.

This morning Nana and Grandad have taken them off to Clovelly for the day so i can catch up.

Current Mood: relieved
Tuesday, April 18th, 2006
9:03 pm
The Gym
Yes - today I went for my induction at the Gym. High Bullen is set in the beautiful Devon countryside and while you are on the exercise bike you can look accross fields in all directions (much better than mirrors in some Gyms). Anyway I had mr induction on the cardio vascular machines and then very red faced went for a swim. I return on Thursday for my weights induction . . I bet I am going to ache tomorrow.

Current Mood: tired
Monday, April 17th, 2006
1:08 pm
Peace at Last
Joy of joys, not that I don't love my children however holidays can be very trying - anyway yesterday they were driven up to Stoke on Trent for their own little holiday with Nana and Grandad for a week. The house feels peaceful at last, the kitchen floor has stayed clean and I am not harrassed today.

The run up to Easter was frenetic as usual, on Wednesday I took the kids to Killerton Springs Adventure Park, It is just outside Bude so took about 45 mins to get there and actually was a great disappointment (to me). A very dated theme park with several rides not running and those that were were in great need of refurbishment and when I asked at the desk about this I was told that they would be ready for Easter - he did not seem to realise the Easter holidays were already happening!! Anyway a lesson learnt we will not be returning and not recommending either.

On Good Friday we all went to see Ice Age 2 in Barnstaple, It suprised me and I actually enjoyed it. Ben now sits totally involved in what is going on (until only recently he would run out of the cinema when the film started (or Show as Nelope will vouch) and refuse to go back in. Charlotte however is like me and seems to have ants in her pants and cannot sit still - she also insists in narrating what she understands is going on to anyone eho will listen!

Anyway I had better get some work done now that I have no interruptions . . .

Current Mood: calm
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
4:20 pm
Easter Holidays what fun!
Well - it is raining here in Devon today and of course the kids wanted to be out and about (even though both of them have developed coughs and sore throats) So while I was packing the snacks for our "outing" Ben then informed me that Charlotte had forced him to swallow one of her marbles - I had to laugh how she did it I really don't know, but we now have to wait for it to come out the other end. . . .
We then went up to Barnstaple and spend two fun filled hours in Playtime Adventure - in reality it was the kids running around getting sweaty and I did the Daily Mail Sudoko puzzles. We then got caught in the holiday traffic so went exploring and found the new road in sticklepath, it will be great when complete - any way enough of this and back to sanity and work this evening.
Monday, April 10th, 2006
8:58 pm
Well, Nelope I hope you are impressed. I decided to follow your example and get going with what is going on down here in Devon. Now that I have started I really don't know what to say today, but I do so enjoy being a fly on the wall in your life.

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