Bluebell Day

Charlie’s all smiles during our annual walk in our local “secret” bluebell woods. The bluebells didn’t seem quite as lush as past years, but beautiful and wonderful none the less. Here’s the updated growing up with the bluebells slideshow for 2006. And if you have Google Earth, you can find our secret bluebell woods. Zoom in close and you can actually see bluebells through the trees – all the way from space!

The new grill in my life

bbq.jpgAfter holding out for many years, I’m now the proud owner of a gas BBQ, a Canadian-made model called a Fiesta – my birthday present from Alice. We got it on Saturday, I assembled it Sunday morning and we had our first meals from it Sunday and today. All I can say is I love it, and keep asking myself why did we stick with our rusty, old Weber kettle for so long? It’s going to be so nice not to wait an hour and a half for the coals to heat up/cool down, no more searching for charcoal after 1 Sept when they stop selling it in England, no more smoking out the whole neighbourhood five times a week, etc, etc. Not to mention the global warming implications. I reckon giving up charcoal will give us all another 30 seconds on Earth, minimum.

At last, Charlie gets on his bike!

newbike1.jpgbike2.jpgCharlie got a new bike for his birthday last autumn, but it was just a bit too big for him. With legs long enough to reach the ground now, and some nice spring weather, he finally got to hit the road with his cool new bike today. As usual, we feared the worst – broken bones, tears – but he proved that it really is just like riding a bike.