Originally this weekend we were going to the Spring Fayre at my daughter’s school but she decided she didn’t want to do that. The weather was too good to stay home so we went and fed the ducks at a pond near us our wild bird food since we had loads left and our local birds weren’t eating it.
I decided I would take my camera and shoot in only black and white. (Although on checking it was on the high contrast monochrome setting) I got some beautiful picture that I feel work well and then there are others that are just lost without colours. I have included a few of my favourites.
Then there are these poor daffodils which just loses all their power when there is no yellow.
This weekend we decided to have a walk across the Tay Road bridge to Tayport. It had been awhile since we had last done this.Firstly we went under the bridge and found the artwork hopefully you can see what they say. We also took a picture of Dundee’s lighthouse. The waterfront in Dundee is currently being worked on. They are in the process of building a new train station hotel and a V & A museum. We are very excited about the museum.
Once we were up on the bridge Alessa loved seeing the solar system posters on the way across as this is her current favourite topic. She can actually name them all in the correct order, (pause for proud mummy moment). She also liked that the lamp posts on the bridge are numbered 1-75 so was able to count along, there are actually 150 as they are in pairs one each side of the path. We stopped to eat our lunch when we came off the bridge we had packed our own but there is a takeaway cafe here who food smelled amazing so next time we may get something from there.
After lunch, we walked along part of Fifes coastal walk to Tayport stopping to look at the two lighthouses, visit the cemetery and play in the little park. I have only included one picture of a moss covered path from the cemetery as this one is still in use. Even when we are far from home Alessa is meeting fur babies.
Even when we are far from home Alessa is meeting fur babies and getting cuddles. We decided to get the bus back across the bridge as her legs were starting to get tired. This surprised her just how quick it was to get back to Dundee. She did like looking out the window to see the water below. Something you can’t do from the footpath. We had a lovely day and plan to do it again soon.
Off to the School Spring Fayer this weekend and then a day at home with my kids on Mothering Sunday.
How was your weekend? Do you have plans for this coming weekend?
This Saturday I asked Alessa what she wanted to do, “go to the beach” she replied. I explained it would be very cold but she insisted that was what we should do. We wrapped up warm and headed out for the day.
As expected it was cold and windy but we still had a lovely time. We started on the rock beach where she threw some rocks into the water. The tidy was in here which meant she didn’t have to walk far.It’s not easy to walk on these stones. We then head to the sand beach which was pretty empty with the exception of a few dog walkers. The tide was quite far out at this part of the beach by the time we got there. Alessa ran around on the sand collecting shells as she went that she brought home. Once she had finished exploring here we headed into the nature reserve and onto the rock garden. There were a lot of pretty flowers here that I was just had to take some pictures of, I don’t know why but I am always surprised to see flowers in the winter. Although it wasn’t your typical beach weather we had a lovely day out.
Although it wasn’t your typical beach weather we had a lovely day out. I have included some pictures below. How was your Saturday?
I wonder where Alessa will decide we are going this weekend. I don’t think it will be any warmer as I am writing this it is snowing outside.
This weekend was a little different we need to go choose for paint for Alessa room so that it could be picked it when payday comes around.
We wanted this to be her decision, after all, it’s her that will spend most of the time in there and we want it to feel like her space. She has already picked her paper which I will show in a later post. Alessa told me on the way to the retail park that it had to be green.
When we arrived I took down off the shelves the greens that would be suitable. It can’t be too dark as her room is very small. After 2 seconds of deliberations, she chose French Vine. It isn’t showing up very well in the picture but its similar to mint green. I have bought a tester pot so that is on this weeks to do list.
We decided that since we were here we would have a walk around. She loved the garden centre and really wanted a heather plant. We currently don’t have anywhere to plant one of those so she settled for a capsicum which was reduced to 50p and I bought a Mulberry candle. Last of the big spenders.
New paint French Vine
All the pretty heather.
This house is too small.
Hop Hop hop.
We then went to Toy’r’us we were looking for things to take pictures of to send to Santa (I know little early but Santa wants to be more organised this year) This also works at stopping her from asking for toys for now. She picked a few things that I won’t include here but you’ll have a general idea from the two picture I have shared that there is a distinct theme to her choices.
Next into Dunelm Mill. I love everything in here. If I had an unlimited budget it would be used here. This faux Christmas bouquet is beautiful and I may return later for. We were still on our spending spree and only purchased bunting and a blue candle.
Now into the shop, Alessa really came for Hobbycraft. She originally wanted another (she already has 2) paper mache horse but when she saw the unicorn that was it. You can’t come here and not buy a sun catcher since there only a £1. We also bought some stickers and two silver candle votive.
The plastic pony is from Tesco’s where we finished up popping in for some teas. This is the way she likes to travel around the supermarket.
The final picture is her back home painting her sun catcher and eating a chocolate cookie.
I hope you enjoyed our trip around the shops and I will share a picture of Alessa’s finished room in a later post.
Next week I believe Alessa has decided (weather permitting) that it’s a picnic in the woods.
This weekend we went say goodbye to the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail and to photograph the statues that had been travelling across Scotland. This has been a big part of our summer so I knew Alessa would enjoy it.If you haven’t had a chance to read the previous post
This was a ticketed event and all the proceeds will be going to the Archie Foundation. This event ran from Friday afternoon through to Sunday. The tickets were for a one hour slot which was plenty time to see them even with all the people who were there.
Alessa loved getting the chance to see Glow actually glow which hadn’t been possible for us before as we don’t drive and being summer would have meant taking her on public transport at 10pm down to the waterfront. I really wanted to see the William Wallace and as you can see from picture Alessa wasn’t keen.
All of these little ones were designed by local schools. Some of them were very well thought out but they were all brilliant. These will be put back on display in local libraries. The boy in the pictures below with Alessa is her cousin.
My little miss does pull some funny faces when its time for me to take her picture. The bottom one where she is pointing is her just realising she hasn’t taken a single picture and we are almost done.
Alessa had a sit on one of Wullie’s buckets and was lucky enough not to be chased away by him like this poor lady.
They have now had the auction and it exceeded everyone’s expectations. They raised £883,000 from the sale of 70 Oor Wullie statues. Here are a few of the final prices:
Oor Original went for £50,000.
Oor Golfer £20,000
Wullie Wallace £12,000
There are a few who have been purchased with the intent of staying in Dundee. Both of the football Wullie’s will go to their respective grounds. Lifesaver Wullie was bought by RLNI Broughty Ferry and When Wullie Met Dr Manhattan was gifted to University of Dundee By the chairman of 4J studios.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this event. Did you have a favourite?
The money is going to help a lot of sick children and if you haven’t yet visited The Archie Foundation then please do.
This weekend we decided to return to Broughty Ferry as we had seen a nature reserve and rock garden when we were her last week.
We started in the rock garden. They had a tree hunt on so we collected a leaflet and set about finding the 10 trees. Alessa loves this kind of thing and insisted I take a picture of her with each (I blame the Oor Wullie Trail). So below are pictures of her with each of the trees.
We decided to also have lunch here too so found a bench that was under a tree as the weather was being temperamental. After the tree hunt and we had inspected the flowers there are some unusual looking flowers here.
The nature reserve was beautiful and peaceful to walk around. We started by climbing the stairs to the bridge that takes you over the tracks although we weren’t actually going over Alessa just wanted to have a look. Once we were back down we came across a carving of a mushroom which I helped Alessa onto. This is one of my favourite pictures as she cuddles Doc McStuffin. We were quite surprised by just how many Bluebells there were here.
I hope you enjoyed reading about our weekend. Did you do anything fun? x
If you saw #MySundayPhoto then you will know we went to the beach this weekend.
When we set off it wasn’t the best weather so we thought Broughty Ferry might not be busy. We were wrong as it turns out everyone had the same idea and a fair few had also brought their camera’s.
We still had a lovely day, Alessa was looking for some sea glass and shells to take home with her. We are fortunate that we have two types of beach a stone and a sand. We also have a viewing point and a castle. So we decide to explore.
I forgot to mention Doc McStuffin joined us.
We saw a Lions Mane jellyfish swimming which Alessa loved watching then when we were on the sand beach we saw one lying in the sand so she was able to get a closer look. She collected quite a few shells and bits to bring home and I picked up a few very small ones to practice using the macro setting on my camera with.
We also found another red phone box and this one looks like it’s here to stay. Alessa was a little shocked to hear this is how we used to talk to our friends and family. Made me feel very old.
We also planned to reach the 3rd floor of the castle (the 2nd floor is the furthest we usually manage) but unfortunately, that didn’t happen. The only way into and out of the castle is a very tight spiral staircase. Alessa wasn’t feeling brave as she put it so we only made it as far as the first floor.
After the beach, we always have a look around the charity shops here. There are 8 in the one street. She found a Fireman Sam DVD, a turtles hat and a stuff Husky dog teddy £3 well spent. I never found anything.
Sunday we spend at home recharging before we start school week again. Alessa relaxed and watched her new DVD and played with her horses. I don’t have any pictures from this as my camera batteries were also recharging.
This past weekend we attended the Dundee Motor Show which is organised by dmoft. We had visited last year and enjoyed it. People who have a vehicle they would like to show to the public registered in advance and I think this makes it more interesting as you can see car and bikes which have had time, money and love put into them. This means not all the cars are old so there is a good mix. This is a free event which is always a bonus when you have kids as outings can be expensive. The event was held in a park near us which allowed us to walk there saving on travel costs.
This year my husband was able to join us which isn’t always the case since he works nights and would normally be asleep. We arrived about an hour after it started and there was a good crowd of people. We could hear the pipe band playing which always seems to fit well with this kind of event.
Alessa loved running around looking at the cars and the stalls. She also enjoyed getting to sit in some of the vehicles although not all of the people showing allow this. I would advise asking before hand.
Now on to some of my favourite images of the day (not that I don’t love the ones with Alessa)
The hearse at the top really made me chuckle. Maybe if I live to a good old age I will book it for my funeral they say you should celebrate death. There quite a few army vehicles and even some guns which a lot of parents seemed keen to get a picture of their child posing with, this really unnerved me. We all loved the Batman car and the poses of the Batman figures. Elvis even made an appearance.
The stall that the Elvis figure was on didn’t have prices on things and I hate having to ask. They had some lovely old cameras. We will definitely be attending again next year.
I hope you enjoyed our little tour of the motor show. Do you have something similar near you? Which car is your favourite?
Today my little girl started primary school. I can’t believe how quickly it came around. She could have started last year as her birthday landed before the cut of period but we felt another year of nursery would be beneficial to her. I am glad we did she is so much more mature now and able to follow instructions.
She has been excited ever since her last day of nursery.
Alessa looks so smart in her uniform and very grown up. In Scotland children only go part-time for the first 3 weeks to allow them to adjust to a more structured environment. When I dropped her she was happy and no tears (from either of us). We took her into her the school found her peg for her bag then headed into her class room. One of the teaching assistants took her to her seat and gave her a little learning toy to play with. It was tweezers and beads which Alessa really enjoyed playing with. Mummy and daddy then left she was also fine with this.
When I returned to collect her at 12.15pm she was really happy to see me although she did tell me she hadn’t enjoyed her day. It appears that none of the children she had been at nursery were in her class. Hopefully when we go back tomorrow she will find a new friend who is in a similar situation.
A new scheme has been brought in to Scottish school (maybe elsewhere too) that all children primary 3 and under get a free school meal. As the primary 1’s are only in until 12.15pm they were given a packed lunch home with them which includes a sandwich, piece of fruit, home bake, little tub of salad and carton of juice. Unfortunately Alessa only eats cheese spread on sandwiches and this isn’t one of the options the sandwich would be wasted so I am going to advise school that we don’t require the packed lunch as it would be a waste but when she moves to full-time its a cooked meal which she will eat. I picked up a copy of the menu to double check.
I think this is a fantastic scheme as there are children who don’t get home cooked meals and this will give them this.
Does your little one start school this year? How are you feeling about it?
Let me start by telling you what exactly it is. It is 55 large statues that are being displayed in and around Dundee. There are also 11 which are touring Scotland plus several smaller ones that are in libraries. The main 55 big statues are what make up the trail and are on display until the 29th August after which they will be auctioned to raise money for The ARCHIE Foundation who help sick children and their families. They hope to raise enough money to build a new twin paediatric operating theatre suite at Tayside Children Hospital. These statues have been very popular with the people of Dundee and even further afield. There have been a couple of incidents where naughty people have damaged them but they have been fixed and relocated if needed.
My daughter has loved looking for these and having her picture taken with most of them. There were a couple that unnerved her but she still obliged in having a picture taken. Each of the Oor Wullie’s has their own name and hopefully I have managed to name them correctly so that as you hover over the image the name will come up.
Myself and Alessa visited every single one but on some occasions we had company or helpers. Golfer Wullie has quite the adventure attached to him. I thought we could walk from Dundee to Carnoustie to see him (which you can) but I took a wrong turn spotted a golf course assumed I was on the right one till a friend who knows the area well read my Facebook status boasting of my plan to walk and asked me where I was long story short I was nowhere near him and she had to collect us and take us there.
The last one we had to collect Silicon tried my patience and won. He had to be move from his original place not sure why but could I find him no I couldn’t so I had texted my sister saying where is he? She also came and acted as our guide. As it turned out he was less than 100 feet in the opposite direction from where we had started.
I am having all of Alessa’s picture with the put into a photobook for her to keep and remember our adventures from the summer 2016. These summer holidays have flew by and I think it was down to having this to occupy our time. Alessa now has less than a week before she starts school but we have one more outing before then which I hope to do a post on.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed seeing each of the statues and Alessa’s many poses. X