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Monday, 4 May 2009

Lots of weekends...

It's been the perfect time of year to get out and about - on my own, as the previous blog entry has illustrated, and with the family.

Despite Luton being very much a town (it could possibly even be described as 'inner city'?) plenty of effort and expense has recently been put into making places for people of all ages to exercise and walk. Quite near to us, in Stopsley, there's a park behind the fire station which offers a really new outdoor 'assault course' to which we went on one of the sunny days during the Easter holidays.

The children and I enjoyed running and jumping around it, especially since there was hardly anyone else around; I think it was quite early when we took to the equipment!

Christopher on the rope bridge at Stopsley Recreation ParkChristopher on the rope bridge at Stopsley Recreation Park

 
 
While the sun's been shining (although, delightfully, it's not been too hot!) we have made the most of some visits to our favourite 'bit' of countryside - Ashridge Estate. Now Eleanor has a bicycle, I'm really looking forward to taking the children (and maybe Beth as well!) cycling around the flat bridle paths that snake between the trees. For the time being, though, playing with sticks and climbing on logs is a perfectly adequate pastime for the children, while Beth and I photograph the glorious nature (there are some pictures in the gallery).

Christopher and Eleanor at AshridgeThe children hiding in a makeshift tent frame

 
 
This weekend, though, was the grand opening of the UK Centre for Carnival Arts, to celebrate which they held a large street party, starting in the afternoon with some live music at the recently redesigned (or 'concreted') St George's Square.

We took the children down for a look, and were treated to some music from 'Zambezi Band Tower' - a modern Southern African music band from Zimbabwe, while they were able to have a go at some circus street equipment such as juggling balls, ribbons and diablo.

It was amazing to see the cultural mix of folk all assembled in one place to enjoy the music and culture - that's one of the most striking things about Luton, how (in general) harmoniously all the communities live together in this small, functional airport town.

Chris and Lenni with Diablos at St George's SquareLenni with a ribbon on a stick

The children go back to school tomorrow; I'm back in the office on Wednesday (although I had a call over the weekend about a problem with a server at work, so i'll probably take a look at that tomorrow), and business returns to usual... until next weekend, at least!

While I remember, though, Beth has - finally - a follow-up appointment after her MRI scan at the Royal London Hospital on Thursday. I'll be sure keep you posted on the outcome, and I'm optimistic that we'll get (or at least intent on getting!) something useful out of this visit. Another busy week ahead...

Posted by james at May 4, 2009 10:15 PM


 
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