Blackberries

DSCF3876For the first 2 years of your lives we all lived together in our big house in the Midlands. The “big old house”, with the big old garden.

You don’t remember it. I do.

I remember how I was your full-time, stay-at-home Daddy. For your first year with Mummy, and for your second year by myself when Mummy went back to work, with reduced hours.

034I remember it all so well. You don’t.
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Flashback Friday: In the Deep, Dark, Dank Caves

Flashback Friday: perfect for those posts that you meant to write at the time but just didn’t manage to!

I have rather a lot of those…

Back in August we had a great day out at a ‘Dinosaur Park’. It’s actually part of Wales’ National Showcaves Centre & what I didn’t have time to post about then was our actually walking through the caves there as well.

They’re quite something!

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Flashback Friday: A Sunny Medieval Fair!

I always seem to have many more posts that I’d like to write than I have time or energy for.

I often remember great things we’ve done, a lot of the time prompted by looking back at old photos, & find myself thinking “Why didn’t I make a post about this?!”.

Cue Mummy Mishaps’ ‘Flashback Friday’ blog-linky: perfect for those posts that seem to have slipped through the net, or for sharing a memory.

And as an added bonus this post features something we used to have a lot of here, although it seems hard to imagine now: Sunshine! Hopefully something we’ll be rediscovering soon!

Back in August our beloved country park put on a Medieval Fair, & it was a terrific day out for us.

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Flashback Friday: Ruins Revisited

We went to our country park on Saturday, & walked past the part I posted about in my (first) ‘Flashback Friday’ post, the ruins of the 12th-century Abbey.

It’s sad to see that after all this time it’s still closed off & that nothing seems to have been done.

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Still, at least Jake & Ellie got to climb inside a giant stone mushroom thing & pull funny faces. As you do.

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BWA-HA-HA-HA!! NOW I RULE THE WORLD!! (Oh no you don’t…)

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Then it was on to the fairytale-themed playground, which I must photograph sometime: them carrying the joys & excitement of childhood; me carrying their scooters…

Another fun but tiring day out!

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Flashback Friday: 12th Century Ruins & Doctor Who

I recently had an old camera repaired, under warranty. When I got it back however I couldn’t charge it as I’d lost a charging plug & so couldn’t use it!

I’ve had a week of catching up on old jobs & emails & while digging around I managed to find the part & charge the camera.

Not before contacting the repair centre, who then agreed to send me the part “as a gesture of goodwill”. Thanks Nikon! I ‘phoned to say I’d found it, but they just said to keep it when it arrives. It’s nice to know that not all companies give bad service these days.

When it was up & running again I found some great old photos & videos! Despite their age I thought they deserved a place on my blog.

It’s a post that seems to fit perfectly with a blog-hop-linky-thing I’ve just discovered hosted by mummy mishaps called “Flashback Friday”. You basically post about a memory, old or recent, & include a photo or 2 if you wish.

I’m a big fan of nostalgia so it’s a good fit for me & this blog.

These photos are from a trip to the Country Park we love so much from back in June last year, when Jake & Ellie were only 2 1/4.  I well remember coming here with them when they were younger, seeing their joy of discovery & exploration, a sense of wonder on their little faces.

These ruins of a 12th-century Cistercian Abbey there are really atmospheric; you can almost feel the ghosts of the monks who lived there so long ago. It isn’t such a surprise then that it was used in a spooky Matt Smith episode of ‘Doctor Who’, a good one too. It was great recognising the location while I was watching: “Hey: I’ve been there!”.

It’s since been roped off; I presume for safety & hopefully restorative reasons. It’s still closed off without any sign of work, so these photos are actually a bit of a rarity!

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The woods around the ruins are just as beautifully atmospheric

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…and nearby is a beautiful Victorian Orangery, which was also used in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode

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Beautiful photos, history, ruins, family fun, nostalgia & Doctor Who: this is JallieDaddy heaven!

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