August 2016

Summer Holidays arrive at last - and that means a break for the builders as well as the kids. Actually, the majority of the big jobs are complete now - at least, inside the house. Outside, the scaffolding is down so we can see the final finish - albeit still missing a juliet balcony for what is currently called the 'suicide door'.

Inside, its been very much down to us to get as much of the bare plaster painted and the rooms ready for carpet or wood flooring. Turns out with the rooms being much bigger than they used to be, this is quite a time consuming task. Here's the extended bedroom (which will become known as the playroom when we don't have visitors)...

... and the new office and kitchen with the flooring almost complete...

We could have kept going morning noon and night - but decided we owed it to ourselves to have at least a short break away. At the last minute, we booked ourselves into a campsite we've visited before in Dorset and enjoyed lovely weather and the chance to visit some new places.
Here's Matthew at Corfe Castle...

... and Cassandra ...

It's a really nice spot, reached by a spiralling walk around the perimeter through woodland before finally emerging in Corfe village and then climbing further up to the castle itself, offering fantastic views of the surrounding countryside.

Having a steam train arrive into Corfe station made it all the more attractive.

After a morning spent at the castle, we headed down to nearby Studland Beach. Chris and the kids hit the water for a while but it wasn't particularly warm. Instead, much of the afternoon was spent with spade in hand, either digging deep holes for paddling...

... or elaborately constructed tunnels which were large enough to crawl through. Well, large enough to crawl through until it caved in on top of someone resulting in a few nearby parents, including Megan, stepping in to the rescue. Here's Matthew enjoying the tunnel before the incident...

One of the nice things about the camp site we chose is that it is surrounded by woodland. Lots of log piles are left lying around which means by day quite elaborate dens can be built...

... there are rope swings scattered around the place ...

... and, of course, plenty of opportunity to collect firewood, which makes for great marshmallow toasting opportunities in the evenings.

Eventually it was time for home but we stopped for a quick lunch in Salisbury and had a nice stroll around the city.

Cassandra and Megan also managed another bonus holiday at the end of the month, attending a large-scale guide camp called Wellies and Wristbands. Supposedly, outdoor activities during the day and disco parties in the evenings. Plenty of opportunities for fun every day, though Cassandra tried to find things she hadn't done many times before. Here are a couple of examples...
This unusual tree climb proved a little too easy for Cassandra who - unlike several of the other girls - was completely unfazed by the height (bearing in mind those little steps only start above the top of a 5m ladder)...

... but the kayaks required a little more concentration...

All in all, great fun - with Matthew and Chris left at home building lego after it finally emerged from months in storage.