We took Chloé out for the afternoon to teach her how to ride her bike with out stabilisers. I found a nice stretch of path near the St. Catherine’s Park and ride car park that gets hardly used.
She’s had a while without them by herself, but I thought it was about time to actually teach her how to ride a bike properly. So I packed it in the car, picked Kate from work and headed down to the Park and Ride.
It snowed in England! The country has stopped and everyone has turned into children! It’s time to build snowmen and have snowball fights! These are my photos from that day!
It’s been a while since I last updated, because I really haven’t know what to write. The odd thing is, it’s not as if nothing has been going on either; loads of stuff has happened.
My niece turned two on November 7th. We travelled down to my sisters in Kent, the weekend before her birthday, to spend some time with her and give her the presents that we bought.
While down in Kent, my sister asked me to try and get some photos of her and her new boyfriend, Jake. The entire family ventured out to Leybourne Lake Country Park for the afternoon; it was absolutely freezing! I did however, manage to get a nice shot of them both.
On the Sunday, the slight cold that I had for a couple of days, decided to take a turn for the worse. I started to have hallucinations and ran a really high temperature. One minute I’m boiling, the next I’m freezing cold. It was horrendous. Thankfully, I started to feel better to drive home on the Monday evening. We finally made it home at just gone 1am.
The following week, 14 November, it was Ryan’s birthday; he’s now seven years old. We had a set budget of £200 for his birthday. That £200 would pay for some presents, a trip to the zoo, a movie at the cinema, dinner, a birthday cake and celebrations with his cousins and aunts. for a seven year-old, he does pretty damn well out of us!
A while back now, I started thinking of my future and I wanted to improve myself in certain areas of my life. One of these areas was going to be academic. Katie and I, enrolled in the local college here in Winchester, called Peter Symonds. We signed up for two classes; Maths and English.
It’s been two weeks since we started. Everything seems to be very basic and not really challenging and I didn’t really expect this, but as I understand it, it’s like this so they can test what level we are at and can then proceed with a customised course to help me improve on the areas that I need it most.
In the long-term, I hope the English course will help me maintain a good level of communication here on my blog, and also help me with my hand writing. It’s atrocious for someone of my age. As for the Maths course, I enrolled in this because I want to be able to help my kids with their homework when they start bringing it home. I don’t want to be one of those parents who doesn’t have a clue and look stupid in front of their kids.
Not only will the courses be good for helping the kids out, it will be something extra to add to my CV ( résumé for the foreigners who read this ). This, then, may or may not help me out when I decided to eventually proceed into a different career.
I went geohashing with Ryan and Charlie today at a place called Lawson Clump in Sandford not far from Poole.
I arrived at the entrance to Lawson Clump at around 2pm. Gathered the kids and their lunches and headed off into the forest. Eventually found the hash point after around 15 minutes of walking and took some photos with the kids.
There was a cool “den” just across from the hash point that someone has made from parts of trees that has been cut down. As the hash point was in in a dense part of the forest and no easy markings could be left, we grabbed a stick and etched “XKCD” into the soft mud path way to let people know we had been there.
On the way back we stopped at Moors Valley Park so the kids could play for about an hour before heading home. I think they really enjoyed themselves.
Have a gander at some of the photos I took when out geohashing with the kids.
Ever since I went with Ryan’s playgroup back in 2008 I have wanted to go back there so much. Now we have a car we decided to purchase an annual pass so we can finally go there as often as we want.
The first time we went there I didn’t take my camera on purpose, so we could enjoy our surroundings and not worry about trying to get photos. This time however, I decided that I would take my camera, but try to be as less intrusive as possible and see what happens. I got some nice photos of the kids.
I wanted to get some nice photos of the sunset down at St. Catherine’s hill. Unfortunately I was gifted with clouds which ruined the shot I wanted. Never the less, I got some photos of Ryan and I managed to get one decent shot of the sun shining behind the clouds as it set.
We arranged to go with Kate’s mum and step dad to go to West Wittering beach for the day. I was a bit dubious at first, but once we got there I was completely sold. Upon arrival we were asked for the £7.50 entrance / parking fee for the day.
After finding a place to park, we wondered on over to the beach front and were greeted with a sight of golden sand which was lovely and clean. We picked our spot and set up camp!
I got a few photos before we left, which you can gander at below.
We went for a walk down Farley Mount for the afternoon to go and explore. Of course, I took my camera and got some really good photos of the kids having fun!
I took Ryan down to St. Catherine’s Hill on the 26th June for a short photo walk. Here are the captured moments from that day.