Wednesday, 8 April 2009

I reserve the right to be fickle

So, today we should have been here:


but owing to this
Tiny Small's ballet show yesterday - she was a skipping lamb, I cried and it was a very late night

we were all rather tired and emotional and decided the drive would be too much.

So instead, we went here for a picnic:


did a bit of map reading,

aaahed at these:

Born today!!!

held our noses as we passed these:

I was mildly horrified to see these described on the sign as 'porkers'

and admired this:

Walled garden, strongly scented with hyacinths

So, all in all, a 'Picnic Along' rather like those Gordon Ramsay Cookalongs. Well, sort of.

I was more than sorry to miss the event of the year, but I'm rather glad we managed to avoid the Small overtired tantrums that would have doubtless ensued. I am looking forward to hearing how all the picnickers got on though, and promise not to pout and turn too green!

Now we are listening to this and it is making us feel very happy.



If you can get away with it, I highly recommend you do too.

24 comments:

  1. I had a period about a year ago when I could not stop singing 'The Bestest in the Barn'. It has a simple soundness that cannot be denied. 'We taught him how to play the electric guitar'. Excellent. Hmm though, you've now reintroduced it into my noggin. It will now repeat in the grey matter ad nauseam!

    Well, Wimpole can rarely be faulted can it? I volunteered there in 2002, dontcha know. I planted broad beans in the walled garden and pricked out lots and lots and LOTS of baby Salvia. It was fabulous. Philip, the Head Gardener is lovely. Porkers though? Seems a teeny bit grim for tots.

    We skulked in Cambs too as you know. I can't WAIT to see the pics of the big day

    xxx

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  2. Sounds like you had a good day - I almost called to see if you fancied meeting for lunch because I was feeling glum at missing the picnic. But then I caught up with some work planning and did the vacuuming instead :(

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  3. those little piggies are way cute - surely they don't smell! i missed the picnic too and no doubt will be well envious when looking at all their pics!

    xxx

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  4. That looks like it was a wonderful afternoon, and congrats to tiny small on her dance show. I'd like to say I can still remember mine but I never got a show, even though I did dance - music, now that's a completely different kettle of ball game!

    xxx
    ps. word v = bastula.....am i the only childish one here?

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  5. well it looks like a lovely day, we went to Wimpole once and had a lovely day, but there were no lambs or porkers......

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  6. Hi Val! You were missed but glad you had a lovely day with picnicalong. I posted a picnic story but no pics unfortunately. xx

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  7. Thank you! That was so excellent, my kiddos loved it. Off to put it in my favorites queue!

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  8. I was really sorry not to meet you Val, but we decided that you, Gina, Maria and Burby were all with us in spirit, if not in person. It was a lovely day - both weather-wise and company-wise. Everyone was so NICE!

    Good to hear you had a nice day too.

    x

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  9. Looks like you made your own wonderful day instead! Bet the ballet show was extra special.

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  10. We missed you, but you have to do what is best for the little'uns. Your picnic sounds like it was fun.

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  11. I adore Lola! I have all the DVDs and no little ones, so must own up to the fact that they are indeed all mine. And I'd love a hat with lamb ears, too! I guess I really should start acting my age one of these days...K x

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  12. Oh, Miss Dottie -- so sorry you couldn't go to the big party! BUT, it sounds like you had a great day -- I'm sure you were very missed!

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  13. I'm a little green at the thought of your lovely sounding day. I'd settle for a picnic at the local kids' park, but I'm going to be babysitting this afternoon.

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  14. We missed you, but picnicking in spirit is probably the very next best thing.

    I'm shattered tonight and didn't even have to drive far!

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  15. A skipping lamb! Precious.

    I'm sorry you had to miss your bloggy get-together, but your outing looked like lots of fun, too. May I come over for a bloggers' picnic? In, say, 2010??

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  16. Oh, I love Wimpole Hall... a childhood haunt.

    Sigh.

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  17. A skipping rabbit, oh, oh, oh, how sweet, well done Tiny Small.

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  18. We did! We did miss you all. Glad you were able to picnic-along with us (only a wee little bit of swearing a la G.R took place) AND we had a piggers at picnic too. Ours were hairy ones!!

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  19. Love Charlie and Lola (and Lotta), and really like your blog.

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  20. Happy Easter to you and your family! thanks for the video link it really made me smile!
    Kimx

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  21. What a sweet day...not to be missed for sure! :o) Perhaps there will be another bloggy picnic another time. Wishing you & yours a very Happy Easter Weekend ((HUGS))

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  22. We really, REALLY missed you all - but now we have a good excuse for another meet up soon!

    Lucy xxx

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  23. Sorry you missed the picnic but it looks like you had a lovely day anyway.

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  24. Looks like you had a great time on your picnic too.

    My two will love that video

    Hope you all have a great Easter

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