Monday, 21 May 2018


Some years ago I bought a tree as an anniversary present - it was our fourth and the traditional present is fruit and flowers. So it was an apple tree, mature enough that it had a couple of apples on it when it was planted. It's still there, in our garden on Anderson Drive, I saw it last year (it's very tall now!). We were rather sad to leave it behind and always agreed that when we had an "our" house we'd plant one again.

So, very exciting, here is a firm marker that we'll we living here for a while...


We've had a hectic few weeks so blog posting has taken a bit of a back seat. We'll try to catch up soon...

Back in February, we took a wee trip to Loughborough, Mostly catching up with friends but we also took a look at the National Space Centre, which Miriam and Naomi were really too young for when we still lived there. It's a brilliant day out and well recommended!

Breakfast in a house made for even more people than us!

Yes, that's a real rocket in the tower behind us.

Lunch under the Earth.

There was also a "make your own weather forecast video" attraction, here's the girls watching ours. (Sorry - we didn't manage to record it!)

Drawing in the moon's shadow

Naomi having a go at landing on the moon.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Week off

Making use of my research-so-not-quite-as-much-teaching job for a few more weeks, this week I took a week off. It's been very busy the past few months and so I wanted a little time around the house with my girls. It started last weekend with a visit with Miriam and Naomi to the Science Fair at the university: they were both very engaged in the various activities. Then most of the week I was around the house with Jay and the younger two, catching up on some odd jobs (now we'll be living in this house for a good long time to come), playing some games, and just resting.

This bit of the science fair was demonstrating a computing problem known as Travelling Salesman Problem, that I sometimes work on. Very pleasing that the girls spent a long time here!

Some proper white coat science action.

Esther getting in on the relaxation business. 
Some fun at the park


The cupcake monster game just goes on and on.

Gang Show

As a new Brownie, Naomi is now old enough to take part in the Stirling Gang Show - which meant a week of late nights a couple of weeks ago. We saw her on the last night, and she was excellent. Below is her in her octopus costume (for the "under the Sea" dance), which she designed!


We built an igloo when it snowed a couple of weeks back. In the end it lasted almost a week! I was quite pleased with it, and I think the girls were too. (all three older ones helped) One use at least for the surplus recycling boxes we have!


Esther has her first word - rather than just a sound accompanied by a gesture to show what she wants (usually AH!)

Pox II

...of course it was only a matter of time before Lydia also came down with The Pox. At least that's all the children now. Lydia coped with it very well but it was BAD and all were left very tired!

Miriam made a get well card for her sister!