Tearoom 35: Sun, sea and sand...

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beanandspud Sun 27-Jan-13 20:33:55

This breathtakingly beautiful island has unspoilt powdery white sand beaches, crystalline turquoise waters that wash over pristine coral reefs, and verdant green rainforest.

Scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing trips are available and you can discover the island's charms on foot (with or without Mellors the guide) by mountain bike or private island buggy.

For those in need of pampering the spa offers a selection of luxurious treatments to soothe and heal both body and soul.

For dining, enjoy a freshly prepared meal at the tearoom, a picnic on the beach, or a delicious dinner in the oceanfront restaurant with its stunning sea views. There is wine, brew and good company, everybody is welcome.

beanandspud Sun 03-Feb-13 23:26:42

<<waves at everyone>>

Glad you're feeling better JM and welcome back Unis! That sounds like a great week of skiing, can't wait to take Small Bean.

Hope that you are feeling a bit better Scout - it rather reminds me of years ago when I took DH to a work's Christmas party. A number of people asked him which branch he worked out (assumed that he must work for the same company as a lot of couples did) and then when they found out he worked elsewhere they just blanked him. Not surprisingly he declined the next invitation.

MT, your description of MC and MH in the bath together made me smile grin. Now that the weather seems a bit more settled let me know if you still fancy a treehouse expedition!

mistlethrush Mon 04-Feb-13 08:54:08

Treehouse expedition - definitely - will have to check with DH to find out when he is next rehearsal free of a weekend afternoon - he's been out playing every evening, most weekend afternoons for weeks from the feel of it - which means that MC and I can't leave the dog for that long a period (we're up to an hour twice a day now, without anything untoward happening, so making very good progress, but not going to push it as we don't want it all to go backwards). Thinking about it... might be possible on a Sunday morning even if DH is playing in the afternoon - he can look after the dog in the morning.... <ponders>

Skiing - glad it went well UniS - I'm afraid that's one of the things I've never really felt I wanted to do - if I wanted to hurtle around in a barely controlled way, I chose to ride a horse instead grin

We currently have a complicated jigsaw on the kitchen table - its not that many pieces (500) but its quite challenging so we're going at it as a family - DS is doing pretty well, which is encouraging to parents who both like (and are pretty good at) puzzles

Jacksmania Mon 04-Feb-13 18:19:56

We love puzzles! My MIL is addicted, and we got started on them two years ago when we were in Hawaii. JB is really very good at puzzles, as he is at the small fingery Lego.

We've given MIL a couple of photo puzzles for Christmases and birthdays, she loves them. We always pick a picture of JB at a special event, and get it made into a puzzle.

wine, anyone?

UniS Mon 04-Feb-13 19:34:54

wine please. Thank you.

shock is kinda face palm emoticon like.

Jacksmania Mon 04-Feb-13 21:27:30

It is, isn't it. grin

UniS Mon 04-Feb-13 21:33:12

Chocolate any body?? I'm bravely resisting in real life, but fear my self control may not last the evening.

oxeye Mon 04-Feb-13 23:42:26

:grinxeye wanders in dragging the George Clooney cut out behind her::

hello my dears! found you in Maui, that is a turn up for the books!
I am in the Very Old Club and have been with DH for 20 years ...<sigh> and my boy is going to be 7 this year - where is the time going?

I think it is melancholy time of you tbh, all passing years and missed chances - or that's how it seems
UniS did you pull boy from school for a week?
Mistle, let me know about the Islabike fitting, I am thinking of taking boy for a weekend to get a bike for him too!
love and hugs to all, I've read back but am too late to comment much, save I agree Scout, those who don't talk to you nicely are missing out themselves....

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 05-Feb-13 09:18:25

Lovely to see you and gorgeous George, Oxeye!

mistlethrush Tue 05-Feb-13 09:47:00

brew and kisses for Oxeye and Maud! Oxeye - fittings are only during the week which is a real annoyance. So we're heading down at half term and going to get a travel lodge the night before so its not too much travelling in one day - and we can do more than travel and have bike fitting. DS would, of course, be fine, as he would happily watch his DVDs for hours on end - but I think it would be an unrealistic amount of driving for me.

Horrible, cold, snowy and windy morning - although the sun has now come out. brew anyone?

UniS Tue 05-Feb-13 19:00:13

We did a Islabike fitting with Boy at a bike show ( nearly 4 years ago! ) for his 2nd IB , this time round I tried him on someone elses and then bought a 2nd hand one, its IB number 4 for him this birthday . eek - now I KNOW i'm a bike snob.

Nice to see you again oxeye.
I spent this morning creating a living willow structure for a friend. We had a couple of snow flurries while we worked, but nowt that settled. hopefully it will help desquelch part of her garden in time. As well as be a fun thing to play in and around.

Scout19075 Tue 05-Feb-13 21:16:47

Do you think an uncoordinated boy could manage a balance bike?

mistlethrush Tue 05-Feb-13 21:28:31

Scout - he didn't look any more uncoordinated than MC was at the same age... and he LOVED his balance bike. The best option, if you can, is to find a child that is good at balance biking to show him how to do it - following someone around the park on one afternoon made more progress than he'd made in about 3 months previously (but even then it was much better than a bike with stabilisers).

Scout19075 Tue 05-Feb-13 21:57:46

He can't scoot, as much as he tries. He can do about two foot-swoops and then just walks his scooter around. He's only just figured out how to "monkey walk" in the swimming pool (he couldn't do it last term and watching him at lessons last week it looked like he couldn't do it but swimming with me on Monday he was doing it). His friend does have a balance bike but friend is a good two inches shorter than him so I don't think trying his would help much.

mistlethrush Tue 05-Feb-13 22:06:37

He won't 'get' it immediately - its a different type of feeling. Effectively they just continue walking to start with - but sitting down. As they get better they take longer strides - then find that if they push of with their feet they can actually get a bit of speed up - which means they can then take their legs off a bit.... You don't want a 'big' one though - because they do need a low saddle to give them enough 'spare' leg to do the strides.

Scout19075 Wed 06-Feb-13 17:46:55

Cold and bored waiting for MrScout to come out of work. And now I have to pee. angry

Jacksmania Wed 06-Feb-13 18:50:16

Can't help with needing to pee, Scout grin

But I can offer the full Buffet of Requirement and Fully Stocked Bar.

And a full-on yum view of my favourite Avengers character. Goooooooooooood morning!!!!!!!

mistlethrush Wed 06-Feb-13 18:59:22

There was me thinking you meant these characters

Bolly anyone?

UniS Wed 06-Feb-13 19:43:44

I think JMs pick is hunkier.

yes please to aice warming "vin chaud" to sip while I warm up on in the sun on the beach. feeling chilly in RL. Something to do with a full days work in a barn, even with 6 kw of heater going It wasn't warm.

Jacksmania Wed 06-Feb-13 19:44:55

Oh yeah, he's a hunk grin

<heart beats a bit faster>

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 06-Feb-13 21:54:55

Crikey. Those are some biceps. John Steed is more my era too.

Scout19075 Wed 06-Feb-13 23:19:28

OMG, I nearly burst earlier, waiting for MrScout to come out. After hours his office is locked and you can only gain access with a badge. It was too much like hard work to get SB out of his car seat, get his coat on and bang on the door in hopes the security guard would take pity on me. It never seems to be the same security person two days in a row (I have to buzz to be allowed into the car park) so it's not like I have built up a "relationship" with the guards (not like when MrScout worked at his former company and couldn't drive for a year I got to know the security guys at his old office VERY well because, bless him, time keeping is not MrScout's strong point).

We went to Forest School this morning. Does anyone know if they make thermal socks for small people? SmallBoy is finally wearing his wellies but they're not very warm and (eek, he seems to be following my footsteps) two pairs of socks didn't seem enough and he was crying with cold feet.

<<Waves to oxeye, who she realizes she missed saying "hello" to before>>

mistlethrush Wed 06-Feb-13 23:56:54

I got MC some nice thick wellie socks in M&S

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 07-Feb-13 09:16:28

And I got The Girl some thermal socks in Primarni.

UniS Thu 07-Feb-13 18:45:25

insoles might help small boys cold feet. Farm suppliers often have small size boot socks.

Hows you all doing? I've had a lovely lazy day in the TR swinging in a hammock as teh sun shines... in RL it's been cold and a bit wet, I've washed the greenhouse ( got VERY cold hands) and been for a bike ride ( and tea n crumpets) with a friend.

Scout19075 Thu 07-Feb-13 20:44:35

I'm scared -- tomorrow SB is going to wear big boy pants for the first time. Ack!

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