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.

mistlethrush Fri 03-Jan-14 23:02:46

<strokes Donki's ears gently>

There are definitely priorities - and I quite understand where yours lay, quite rightly so.

We have started a plastic, stackable box system (with click on lids) for lego storage - seems to be working quite well - box, instructions and lego bits all go in box....

UniS Fri 03-Jan-14 23:11:26

We have just moved from 2 plastic lego bucket s plus a cardboard box of models to one big ( 60litre) plastic crate of lego plus a bucket full of instruction leaflets plus a couple of shelves of models . I no longer keep boxes, much of boys lego was second hand.

Donki Sat 04-Jan-14 12:51:51

Shit! The DH, in a foul temper over having to go to a family "do" with the YD (I am working this weekend to do the cover lessons) has put petrol in the car. It's a diesel.

He is now sat in a broken down car with the YD. Thank God he hadn't reached the motorway!

And our breakdown policy doesn't cover mis-fueling....
They are currently being rescued by the RAC - but we get to pay for having the engine drained.

Donki Sat 04-Jan-14 12:52:58

Aaaargh - which means I can't go into school tomorrow to put out materials for the lessons.

Donki Sat 04-Jan-14 12:53:39

Worse things happens at sea..... worse things happen at sea... <<chants>>

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 04-Jan-14 12:59:58

Oh no, Donki. Worse things do indeed happen at sea, but that is bad enough.

::Proffers carrots, a galvanised bucket of tea and a soothing ear rub::

Donki Sat 04-Jan-14 13:31:43

Thanks Maud

《Slurps tea thirstily》

Scout19075 Sat 04-Jan-14 21:58:38

Oh Donki.... Yes, worse things happen at sea but what happened today is bad, too.

<<Leaves out another bucket of carrots and a bucket of tea>>

Would a hoof rub help, too?

Went to a science museum/center south of PiLshire today with the boys. After reading a thread in one-child-families earlier and thinking about other medium-to-large families I know I decided to play a game of "spot the only children" and "spot the oldest/middle/youngest children." It was very subconscious, mind, my decision to observe and only after having done it a few times without realizing did I decide to watch with purpose. I made some very interesting, unscientific observations. In many cases it was easy to spot the onlies and those with lots of siblings. Some of it I'm sure were the children's personalities but some of it I do think was their positions within their families.

SB has had a good extended holiday with his grandparents but I think even he's ready to go home. He keeps asking how many more days until we go back to Scoutville/Scoutshire. I know I'm ready.

We're almost out of posts -- where are we going next Ladies?

Scout19075 Sun 05-Jan-14 09:14:31

Proud mom moment -- SmallBoy has finished his Lego Fire Station (complete with all of the vehicles). He did it himself (except for opening the bags, he couldn't do that). He is very proud of himself and has been running to tell everyone in the house. We still have a few unbuilt sets from Christmas but we'll pack those up for home. Might go and get a plastic box to carry the built sets, though specifically the castle and station, home.

Donki Sun 05-Jan-14 09:21:31

Well done SB!

beanandspud Sun 05-Jan-14 21:45:17

Happy New Year to all of the Tearoomers!

<<Hugs Donki>> Hope this week is better for you.

Well done SB! We have Lego everywhere at the moment and I still haven't found a very satisfactory storage solution. Models tend to be 'displayed' for a bit and then put in a plastic tub with the instructions (so perhaps 6 models in one tub in various states of broken/built but hopefully most of the bits together). We have a Lego 'Head' full of random bricks and another tub with all of DH's old Lego.

We took Small Bean for his first rugby training session today and he loved it. He can't officially join the club until his birthday so we really just went to watch the minis but someone asked whether he wanted to have a go and he got stuck in! The nicest bit was seeing him so sociable with the other children, none of whom he knew before. Within a couple of minutes he was chatting away and really enjoyed himself.

Last day of the holidays tomorrow and it feels a bit sad. We've had such a nice break, pottering around, going out for walks and bike rides, playing games. Just another week would be perfect...

Anyone for a wine or a cake this evening? I am making the most of it as the diet starts in earnest tomorrow!

Donki Mon 06-Jan-14 06:55:34

Well done Small Bean!

Lego is still very popular in the Donki household.

Unless I've just trodden on a stray brick. [Grin]

I've put breakfast out on the sideboard. With plenty of tea and coffee. And brew for those who prefer a slightly more genteel container than a galvanised bucket.

I am waiting for the train to Birmingham on my way for a week's residential at the Uni.
And the embarrassing conversation with my tutor.

The YD finally got to sleep around 11.30 pm.
DH has never had to cope with the YD in full anxiety school refusal mode before...

Donki Tue 07-Jan-14 23:07:09

DH successfully dealt with the YD's wobbles on Monday and got him to school without incident.

My brain is melting and dribbling out of my ears after a day spent being force fed educational audiology on fast forward...

I'm not trying to be an educational audiologist - just a teacher of the deaf - but we need a reasonable working knowledge of hearing aid test boxes, hearing aids, cochlear implants, radio aids etc and how to test them. Plus how to read audiograms - and what the implications of different patterns of hearing loss are. And 2 days of practical is.not.enough.time to fit it all in

UniS Tue 07-Jan-14 23:17:40

Just before we get evicted for over stuffing a thread i thought I'd build us another tea room. Just follow teh trail of breadcrumbs thorough the snow to get there.

UniS Tue 07-Jan-14 23:18:59

Feel free to pack up and bring with you any particular favourite bits n bobs. The priest hole is already there donki, ready for when you get back from birmingham.

JM- the aspidistra is just fine, leave it alone.

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