it’s day 5, 4 or 2 of our holiday depending on how you count it.
So far we’ve done pretty much everything, the weather has been so nice that – not wanting to miss anything – we’ve ran around the bits of the island that you always want to make sure you’ve ticked off.
Friday – we travelled down to Portsmouth and stayed at the Rinaldi’s house. night-time travelling yet again easing the journey, although Henry didn’t take well to being woken up and then asked to sleep again, we are considering doing the return trip late evening and stopping for tea.
Saturday – nice lazy morning, followed by a short trip to the ferry. being out of school holidays it was empty. we took the scenic route across the island very sunny. Daisy really wants to go the seaside, build sandcastles and stand in the sea.
Sunday – really sunny, so we took daisy to the seaside (shanklin) soÂ that she could build sandcastles and stand in the sea. the rest of the day was spent in the garden Daisy made a friend and we just let her run around.
Monday – really sunny, so we ventured into Ventnor, did the shops (although most of them close on a Monday, never understood that). then Ruth took Henry to the Winter Gardens and had tea and Cake while Daisy and Me went the beach to build sandcastles and stand in the sea.
Daisy and Henry are sharing a room, which has gone reasonably well but we were beginning to feel guilty about expecting Daisy to listen to Henry’s 10 minute cry before bed, so I took her for a walk to Woody Bay. I took some pictures and then we threw some stones into the water. a thoroughly nice day.
Tuesday (Today) – really sunny, we will probibly go to the beach, Daisy really wants to build sandcastles and stand in the sea.
Saturday was trip day for the Jumps, and we went to Chirk Castle, which is in Wales. It’s National Trust which means we get in for free, and we don’t pay for parking. It also means you can buy tea-towels with maps on them, walking sticks and flat caps.
Chirk Castle is the last Edward I castle still lived in today (as you will know if you followed the link above).
[Historians look away now!] Edward I was the King who built loads of castles in North Wales – he spent Â£80,000 on castles in the 1280’s that’s a lot of money. The Main aim of the castles was to keep the Welsh quiet. They didn’t really think England was all tat great thanks, and much preferred the hilliness of snowdonia and the wild coast that was to become scouse-wales. Edward I (who was the fourth King to be called Edward) was recently voted 94th Greatest Briton – maybe because he conquered Wales, or maybe because he did quite a lot of law reforming.
None of that really tells you about Chirk Castle, except why it was built. As it is the only castle of that time still lived in, it doesn’t really resemble a 700 year old Castle it’s more of a stately home squeezed into a castle. It’s still very interesting and warm. unlike those ruined 700 year old castles. the CafÃ© is nice, and there where chickens in the car park.
Really for us it was an opportunity for me to try out my new camera. The weather wasn’t great, but still we got some good shots. The zoom is cool; We have some fab shots of animals, the type you think you are going to take with your camera, only to discover you have a dot in the middle of a field of grass; well on my camera you get a full picture of the animal.
The Colours are really good to. It’s not until you get a decent camera do you realise just how over saturated some cameras can make photographs – of course this means I will have to start taking pictures of everything again. for one it’s 8 mega pixel which means good shots can be blown up real big and stuck on the wall.
We’ve been away this weekend – all the way down south near Portsmouth – not really spring time weather (it snowed at one point) but it was nice to see friends.
A couple of quick things we learnt on the way there and back.
1) putting your kids to bed in the car works for long journeys.
We set off at 6:30 after giving Henry and Daisy baths and dressing them for bed. Daisy even got her bed time story on the M62. after about an hour of hyper excitement from Daisy they where both asleep. we had the odd murmer later on but all in all it was better than 4 hours with to children awake.
2) The Toll Road Rocks
The M6Toll last night was emptier than the M58, we did the journey in 4:05 and that includes stopping for 15 mins. Google seems to think it should have taken 4 hours 21 non stop. but it makes certain ‘assumptions’ about speed.
of course we set of Thursday night and got home around 10:30 last night, and now it’s Tuesday and I have to go to work. which is a bit sad. unfortunately the leave situation for me is such that this is all we can do until June, eek out as much as possible from bank holidays.
As ever it takes a day to recover, but we had a mini break over the weekend.
We went to sandybrook country park in Derbyshire, which is like a very mini version of centre parks (well it has wooden lodges and a swimming pool).
Daisy went swimming twice, although she is still to traumatized to go into deeper water. It’s going to take a few months for recovery I think.