Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye..............

So, the rain still pours down, but undeterred we are packing for our camping trip to the Isle of Wight. Every year we go away for a week with some special friends who moved away to Dorest four years ago. We will not be thwarted by the weather, our upper lips are well and truly stiff (if a little soggy) and we sail on Monday. Don't laugh, that's just plain cruel!

Whilst trapped indoors we have been enjoying the obligatory games of hide and seek, although Kit doesn't quite understand that the whole point is not that the seeker chooses your hiding place. The children have squabbled, cuddled, laughed, cried, secretly pinched each other when they don't know I'm looking, read hundreds of books and tonight enjoyed one of their favourite rainy day activities - potion making.

It's a very simple notion, give the children free reign over any dry ingredient in your cupboards and let them create. Mine always head straight for the chilli flakes and honey - yum. We also have to add water, milk, vinegar, a few herbs from the fact anything they can lay their hands on. Tonight it was dumped in the toy mixer and, well, mixed. It's then decanted into a jar and has to be given a name, "ansuke" was tonight's choice. Two very happy children, and with the only rule being that everything has to go back into the cupboards, a very happy mummy, although I did decline the tasting offer, tempting though it was!

I'll be off the scene for a couple of weeks, so enjoy the rest of the hols and please can someone do a sun dance for us, rain coats are just so unflattering!


French Knots said...

Hope a bit of sunshine comes your way for your hols.
Perhaps the children could make a witches potion to ensure good weather and sprinkle it around the campsite!? Failing that just live in your wellies!

claire Maraldo said...

Happy hols and I hope the rain and clouds are far away.

Surely it must stop soon?

Jacoline (Lien) said...

have a great holiday!!!

Anonymous said...

Can't understand why you weren't tempted!! Have a fab time away, hope the rain doesn't show its head and look forward to tales of your travels when you return....Rxxx

Debbies-English-Treasures said...


prettyshabby said...

mmmmmm..looks yummy! in a eye-watering blow your head off chilli kind of way!..have a great holiday..I'll share some sunshine with you..we've had a glimpse.. and send it down there especially x

Suzie Sews said...

I so hope the sun shines on you, we are off camping the last week of the holidays and last year it was a wash was not much fun...I hope you have a fab time and kids adore being out in the open...even if wet!!!

Cowboys and Custard said...

Bon Voyage Julia..
I hope you have a wonderful hols and all who sail in her!
Your childrens' magic potions remind me of when my son was younger and he loved to mix up herbs, washing up liquid, my perfume (!!) tomato ketchup etc.. all in the name of science of course! I often wondered if he was destined to be an alchemist.

Michele xx

Sal said...

Wishing you a happy holiday ;-)

ellen said...

I found your blog today, just have to say i love it! Very inspiring!

kirsty said...

Your blog is lovely> I shall add you to my places I like to visit.

Miss sew n sew said...

Love the Isle Of Wight I lived there for 6 mths once! Have a fab holiday come rain or shine.

Clover Yard said...

Oh how funny, the potion making. I remember doing this as a child and I would call it "cockaleekie soup". I swear this was before I actually knew there was such a type of soup!! Happy camping.

Katherines Dream said...

Have a really wonderful time with your family and friends. and thank you for your kinds words on my last post Julia.
I enjoy camping, I am a new to it and just love it!
Carol x

Deb said...

Hi Julia
I've got lots of catching up to do here as I've been on holidays.
Hope yours are lovely and sunny :-}

Ragged Roses said...

What is it about children and potions - the more disgusting they look the more fun they've had!!!! Hope the potion has brought you sunny skies and dry days on your campsite. Take care, hope you had fun

the flour loft said...

we have been to the isle of wight this year and the weather was better than on the fingers are crossed for you!
looking forward to meeting you in November.
happy holiday!
ginny x

mollycupcakes said...

Have a fabulous time sweetie. I've been dancing for you and very funny sight but i think i've done the wrong one because all i keep getting is rain.
Enjoy it no matter what the weatherman brings.
Loving the postion, hmm yummy lol not!
Many hugs, hope to see you in Nov for the fair yeay!
Catherine x

Clairey said...

Hi Julia, hope you're having a wonderful holiday. There's an award for you on my blog.


Clairey said...

Hi Julia, hope you're having a wonderful holiday. There's an award for you on my blog.


Louise said...

My two youngest love potions but do more in the bathroom with a soaps and glitter! Have a lovely holiday!

MelMel said...

what fun!
reminds me of mud pies and tar lollies!!!!
hope you enjoyed your holiday???

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