Saturday, September 23, 2006

You know what, life at home with a baby in the countryside becomes immeasurably more tortuous when your computer crashes out, due to its age and somehow acquiring any number of viruses that Norton didn’t even seem to detect. Luckily the computer and I will both be put out of our misery soon – the computer, ready in a few weeks to be drop-kicked out the window, and me, moving back to Canada to a life outside the confines of this cottage.

Anyway, what we’ve been up to:

Making new friends at Whipsnade Zoo – the donkey that decided to nibble on him.

Watching the elephants take their afternoon stroll.

Meeting even more family – my cousin Sharon from Newcastle, her boyfriend Bob, and Oliver’s second cousins’ Jack and Grace. This is my Grandmother with Sharon – I can’t put the other photos up here as they include me looking so horrendous I can’t describe it.

Having lots of giggles. And you can see the teeth! If you zoom in.

Most days we hang out inside, playing with toys and laughing at Piper:

But some days we get to go out of the house and dress up even – like for Mark’s Aunt Iris’s 60th birthday and 40th wedding anniversary party. While we were there, we had fun with second cousin Katie, who was very helpful when Oliver wanted a bottle. I thought it would be good to train her as I had just found out she has a little brother or sister on the way!

Tomorrow, we are going swimming and are going to visit the Imperial War Museum at Duxford – not my greatest idea at a day out but Oliver and Mark can check out the airplanes.

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