This website was invented many years ago, when the author kept coming across interesting things in pockets whilst doing laundry. Like small, terrified reptiles. Blogging about raising children in the rainforest, moving them to the UK and watching them leave home one by one to have their own adventures has gradually been replaced by a return to grownup life for their mother, Nan Sheppard, who is an anthropologist, writer and public international law consultant.
Rainy Museum Days, Sunny Outdoor Days, and Everything in Between!
... A Photo Journal, because there's still fun to be had!
We went to London, to stay with Charlotte and Venus, and the first day, it RAINED! So we went to the museum. So did 27,000,468 other people. We all lined up in the rain with our brollies like proper Londoners, and met our friends inside.
The next day, THE SUN SHONE! So we all went to Kew Gardens, with a mission to hug as many trees as possible. Kew Gardens is just so beautiful. We hung out with the friendly iguanas in the tropical garden, and ate ice cream.
Aaaand then we all came back to Bournemouth, with Cousins Charlotte and Venus. Sam had a hair cut. Can you tell he's not thrilled? I just sort of hacked at it all round, so that I could see his beautiful face. Now, I can't stop kissing his neck. I think he's secretly pleased.
For our next adventure, we walked to the station and got onto an open-topped bus (the number 50, every half hour). Which drove on to a ferry at Poole.
And thence, through the Dorset Countryside...
To Ye Olde Swanage Steam Train! Ye Olde Train is manned entirely by Ye Olde Enthusiasts, a lovely bunch of retirees.
And eventually, (Ye Olde Steam Train is not speedy) we chugged to Corfe Village. Chug, chug, chug, chugchugchugchug....
And the Castle. We clambered all over the ruins, ate our picnic in the 'Gloriette' and breathed in the views on all sides. This is our second trip to Corfe, and we're longing to go back! The village needs to be explored some more, and today we found a stream which needs following.