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Monday, 5 May 2008

At four with nature...

We've had a lovely family weekend so far - our first full one all together for a little while. With a bonus day, since it's a Bank Holiday, and some warm, if humid, weather, it made good sense for us to get out and about.

On Saturday, we took a picnic to our regular countryside haunt - Ashridge, and went for a gentle walk to see if we could find a geocache there. As happens all too often, though, we got close, but - probably due to its small size - its discovery eluded us. I still got some great photos of the children and the bluebells, though (see below and, as always, the photo gallery).

Chris and a treeWe're the kings of the castle!Lenni - up highA sea of bluebells among trees..

We went swimming on Sunday afternoon, so some more exercise for us, and today we took a drive up the M1 to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Beth had taken the children before, and they'd enjoyed themselves - when we arrived and had finally found somewhere to park (even the overflow carpark was nearly full, requiring some creative abandonment to avoid a long walk) I could certainly see why! The expanse of well-cared-for grass, the eye-catching sculptures and, of course, the sheep overlooked some sumptuous green scenery, which was shrouded in the morning's mist. We weren't there for too long, so I'm hoping for a return soon - maybe when we're back Up North for a week at the end of the month.

Here's a cute little video of our young'uns in the wild!

Back to some degree of normality, tomorrow, though.. I'm still very much enjoying playing with this i600 (it's what I'm using to type this blog entry as Beth does the driving home - definitely much quicker than the iPaq's 'soft' keyboard, but not quite as quick or accurate as touch-typing) but when I end up spending an evening writing a shell script to create a dynamic playlist so I can stream recently downloaded podcasts (and ultimately BBC radio 'Listen Again' programmes, transcoded to MP3 from RealAudio), I get the feeling I should be doing something a little more constructive! More on the mobile in due course, I'm sure, though...

Posted by james at May 5, 2008 11:58 PM

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