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Sunday, 30 July 2006

barbecue, alpaca, pylon...

It's been a busy summer holiday so far - the children certainly have no opportunity to be bored! Up to three times a week we're going to the library; there's a reading challenge on at the moment, and Christopher has grasped it with both hands (and both eyes..), not least because there's a secret agent pen for him if he can complete three cards of six stamps, each of which is received when he returns a book.

little alpaca!His reading and writing is definitely improving, which is encouraging, especially since his verbal language skills are already well developed, and he's keen to communicate (often through blu-tacked up signs in felt tip) with the written word.

Yesterday was Beth's Dad's 60th birthday - there are lots of decade birthdays this year, in fact: Dad turns 60 in just over a month, too, Mother is 70 a few days later, and - as I understand it - Rita was 50 a couple of weeks ago. Beth's Dad's birthday co-incided with a barbecue, to which all the members of the church were invited. It was a friendly enough occasion, but I was very taken by the baby alpacas in the field of the farm where the barbecue was held.

pylon!At one corner of the field there was a pylon; it was a fairly standard structure, but I've always been taken by the wonderful symmetry, combined with the noise they make. There's a really tall one just before the Dartford Crossing that attracted my attention last time I went Kent - according to the wikipedia entry it's higher than the BT Tower.

There's more trivia on pylons at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pylon (including an interesting article on a pylon painted pink, that I'm sure is still on Google Maps).

As always, there are more photos in the gallery (and the best of them end up in my flickr collection)

Slightly more troubling in the countryside, Beth discovered that there's a risk of encountering a rather nasty waterside invader giant hogweed. Something to be aware of, especially since we're hoping to visit a waterway tomorrow.

Link of the day:

  • www.takeitapart.net
  • : Instructions for dismantling various items - some simple, some complex. If it's mentioned, it's probably quite useful! (thanks, Rob!)

Posted by james at July 30, 2006 11:35 PM

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