Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Since we have the family event of the year coming up next weekend, we had to finish off the last few bits of gardening, so B&Q was raided yesterday and the front garden was finished off with six lavender plants and ten bags of gravel (which seriously tested our Mazda's suspension).
The three of us were a bit cold by the time we had finished but a nice warm bath sorted us out back to room temperature (which was fortunately a bit higher than outside)!
At least there was enough fine weather in Leeds for England to win a cricket match - I thought that the Windies were going to escape again!
Visible is 6 new Lavenders, 10 bags worth of new gravel and a freshly painted wall and railings!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
The sun came out and although we did not get as far as Kingston to see Daddy (besides, I knew he would be busy) we had a great time on the Green at Twickenham watching some school boys preparing for a cricket match. Their mums were all sat at the clubhouse enjoying tea and cakes.
Lauren took Bob for company and we had a lovely stroll on the grass. She enjoyed watching the bigger kids playing and looked like she wanted to join in, but was too shy in the end (and they were a lot bigger!).
Sadly, she was a bit grumpy by the end and wouldn't let me take a picture of her, so we just came home for hugs and some dinner.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
We've not been moping about the house, though. Yesterday, we were out and about on the King's Road in Chelsea looking at some clothes for me for Jase and Charlotte's wedding in 3 weeks. It was a successful day of shopping, and we had a good time (even though parking was extortionate - the NCP car park was £9/hr!! Needless to say, we didn't park there but it still cost us £8).
It did start to rain whilst we were were out and about, and of course we had forgotten to bring an umbrella. Jase (as usual) got grumpy in rain!
At lunch time, we went to the Chelsea Farmers' Market on Sydney Street and enjoyed a lovely lunch at an Italian Pizzeria.
Lauren and I had pasta and Daddy had a pizza. Unfortunately, I wore a white shirt (why is it that you always find yourself wearing a white shirt when you go out for an Italian meal?) which got a bit splattered.
Lauren is currently having her afternoon nap, but we are planning to go to Brent Cross again when she wakes up. I still have to buy her some shoes (and I need shoes myself) for the wedding.
Of course, this means that it is the perfect excuse to go to Wagamama's for lunch...
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Yesterday was Serena's second scan. Everything seems to be OK - 5 fingers on each hand - 2 arms, 2 legs, normal size etc.
Here are two of the piccies - the bump above the baby's head is one of their arms and the one in front of their face is actually a leg! A bit of a contortionist!
Clicking them will open Flickr, where you can then click "All Sizes" to view them at a larger scale.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Although we achieved a lot, it still managed to be a relaxing weekend. Good for all of us as we've all been a bit frazzled lately at work.
At the weekend, we braved Brent Cross shopping centre and had lunch at Wagamama's. The noodles were fab as always, and Lauren especially loved the udon noodles!
On Grandma's brithday, we went to have dim sum at the London Hong Kong out at Heathrow before Grandma's flight home. It was absolutely packed!
Unfortunately, the service was slow and not all of our order arrived but the food was still very tasty and very reasonably priced. Lauren had quite a lot of dim sum and again ate some udon noodles!
All too soon, the weekend was over and mum headed back home. Dad is currently visiting our Grandparents in Hong Kong so did not come. I think Lauren really missed him; she went into the guest bedroom every day to look for him. However, all the grandparents are coming down to London at the end of the month, so not long for her to wait!
Friday, May 04, 2007
Work is a real strain at the moment. My department is like a war zone every day (and every night) and everyone who works with me is exhausted and demoralised. This is the reality of working in the NHS.
I've put in yet another 11 hour day where I've been rushing around on my feet the whole time. I hardly get time to eat or drink (and certainly no time to answer any call of nature) but I did eventually force myself to take a break.
However, on the plus side, I think we all still continue to do a really good job for the people we see and sort out, despite everything. It's just that often the management forget that and kick us whilst we're down.
On a brighter note, I've noticed kicking of another sort. For the last two and a half weeks, the baby has been kicking. It was only a faint flutter at first but now it is most definitely kicking. It's a really reassuring feeling to know that the baby is active and happens quite a lot during the day. Also, it seems that people at work are really beginning to notice the bump (and recognise it as such!).
At least now they don't just think I've put on a bit of weight! And I have an excuse to eat cake and biscuits (well, I will if I ever get a quiet moment at work)...
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I've been really busy at work since starting as a Consultant and have found myself working 11- 12 hour days. I've been really tired mentally, so found this a bit of welcome relief. Besides, I thought that both Jase and Lauren would also benefit from the fresh air and sunshine.
So on Saturday afternoon, we headed home from the garden center with lots of lovely summer bedding plants and a small tree. We got out spades and trowels and got to work.
After a bit of weeding and rearranging of plants in the garden, we planted up some terracotta pots, put in three flowering climbers (clematis plants) and dug out the water feature we had inherited from the last owner. This we were particularly keen to do for Lauren's sake (so that we didn't need to worry about her playing in the back garden).
In its place, we planted a small acer.
We don't have a large garden (you can probably tell from the photos) but we were really proud of the results. I think it's all looking lovely and tidy. I'm really looking forward to enjoying it further when the plants we've put in start to flower.
We also managed to whitewash the walls in the front garden and remove the two ancient rose bushes which had been terrorising the front. They were woody and gnarled and covered in greenfly (not the most attractive specimens, and pretty high maintenance). We still have to paint the iron railings at the front and replant the beds, where I plan to put in some low maintenance Hebe and lavender plants.
We'll post pictures of this when we've finished, but I can proudly say that it looks transformed already. Amazing what a lick of white paint can do!