2013: A Crap Start

2013: A Crap Start

We started the year on our allotment, taking advantage of the horse manure that is available for all plot holders.

As parts of our plot were very damp, we also wanted some of the straw to try and soak up some of the water and to protect the new plants from any frost.

The kids really enjoyed themselves helping me collect the manure and hay!



Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner

Last weekend was the summer bank holiday weekend. We spent bank holiday Monday at Hinton Ampner, a National Trust property in Hampshire. Apart from a few spots of rain every now and then, the weather stayed dry and the sun put in a few appearances!


We spent a few hours in the gardens while Angharad completed an activity sheet. The gardens were very lovely with woods, a tennis court and ornamental lawns.

Johnathon had some fun pretending to be a fountain! I’m quite pleased with how the photo came out; he and I will have to try some more perspective shots like this in the future!




An avenue of trees presented another photo opportunity.



We saw a few butterflies, as well, including a small tortoiseshell and a peacock. Tortoiseshells are fairly common in England, but I can’t remember ever seeing a peacock butterfly, so this was quite special.



We also spent some time looking round the house; the kids both had activity sheets, which really helped keep their interest. The Trust doesn’t normally allow photography inside its properties, so no photos of the inside.

All in all, it was a lovely day out!


Sunflowers Planted

My dad has challenged all his kids and grand-kids to grow the tallest sunflower. We had started some off inside, but they didn’t make it. So, this afternoon, we planted some in the back garden.

Hopefully, we haven’t left it so late that they won’t have a chance to grow!

We also planted lots of other things: spring onions, carrots, peas, tomatoes, peppers, chillies and cucumbers. We weren’t very successful with spring onions or peppers last year, so it would be great if they grow this year.

Rules of tackling

Rules of tackling

At Johnathon’s tag rugby session this morning, the coach introduced a bit of contact tackling (some of the players will be playing in the next age group up next season, so need to know about this sort of thing).

The coach gave the players three rules of tackling:

  • Eyes on thighs
  • Cheek to cheek
  • Ring of steel

Eyes on thighs

Keep your eyes on your opponents thighs. If he is going to change direction, you’ll see it in his thighs first.

Cheek to cheek

In the tackle, get your face cheek against his butt cheek. This will mean your head is behind his body, so won’t get squashed when he falls to the ground.

Ring of steel

Wrap your arms tightly around your opponent’s waist. This will help stop their movement and bring them down.