May 2012

After a fabulous year of visiting lots of National Trust properties, we decided to have a change for 2012 and signed up for membership of the Royal Horticultural Society. RHS Wisley is around 20 minutes drive from home and makes for a really interesting day out.
Cassandra had visited once on a school trip and thoroughly enjoyed it but the place is big enough that you can easily miss stuff - and, of course, the flowers that are in bloom change all the time too. Very pretty.

Cassandra enjoyed all the rhododendrons and magnolias as well as the cactus and orchids in the glasshouse. Matthew preferred the open spaces and the playground - as well as this piece of modern art supposedly inspired by a bone fragment.

Back at home, Matthew has been continuing his school home learning project which is all about cooking. He hates the writing part but is more than happy to get stuck into the practical stuff...

We definitely don't blame the burgers but the following day Cassandra was sent home from school poorly. Fortunately, this is a pretty rare occurrence but it did mean she missed out on a Brownies trip to the local hardware store where they were building bird boxes. Mummy still went along and helped and managed to bring all the necessary bits home so that Cassandra could make it later in the week. By the weekend, it was all done and mounted up on the side of the house waiting for its first guests...

Actually, it did take her a few days to properly get over whatever bug she'd picked up. So much so that she had a few restless nights and even managed to fall out of bed twice, this second time somehow staying asleep through it...

Chris's folks came down to visit for his birthday which was great. We made the most of the fine weather and had a few nice days out - including another visit to Wisley - but also spent time at home. Here's Grandad coming close to giving himself a bit of whiplash on the trampoline...
I don't think he'll be rushing to get back on there in a hurry.

Grandad on the Trampoline