Monday, 8 August 2011

Summer Holidays

I can't believe we are already into the third week of the summer holidays.  We haven't done much yet but the highlight so far has been a day spent at Saltburn beach with the Pebble Family.


Once again a superb sandcastle complex was designed and built....

 ....mostly by Mr P and Fred

 .....while the girls got busy burying their feet and sploshing in little paddling pools dug in the sand.


The castle came complete with underground tunnels, steps, pyramids and a moat all the way down to the sea


This picture with Fred gives you an idea of the scale of construction!!

Everyone agreed that we had to stay on the beach until the sea had come up to the castle so there was a lot of patient waiting........


until all that was left was a tiny hillock of sand with a happy collection of Pebbles decorating the top!


Eldest Miss Pebble was once again very taken with Eldest Miss Locket -and if you look closely at this photo you can see that Miss P is actually bouncing high in the air!


There have been some crafty goings-on in Locketland...........
Dot is in the middle of making this Union Jack purse for me for my birthday :o)


and I've been buying more sock wool

the bottom one is a specially dyed-for-me "heather and thistle" skein for our holiday - although I am still hunting for the perfect pattern as I'm not sure about the ones I had previously selected.


I absolutely LOVE the pattern for the Candlepower socks and have finished the first one although I haven't been doing that much knitting lately.

This morning we all got crafty with paper and scissors (and biscuits of course!)


using our new Kid's Crafternoon book
 to make these owls.


Fred made this lizard from this tutorial by the designer of the owls

and Daisy came up with her own design
And now we are off to Granny and Grandpa Biscuits' to collect a parcel that Daisy has been very, VERY eagerly awaiting............

19 comments:

dottycookie said...

Wot, no beach cartwheels this time? I'm a bit horrified a how quickly we're stomping through the holidays too, but are having lots of fun - clearly you are too!

The List Writer said...

Oh, I LOVE those owls. I have my beady little eye on that book even more now.

What a great holiday you're having! x

trash said...

What a magnificent construction. Good job Fred & Mr P.

Think that Union Jack will be something pretty special for a special birthday Missus Locket.

Moogsmum said...

What an amazing sandcastle! Looks like you had a fabulous day with the Pebbles :o)

Great to see lots of fabulous summer crafting is going on too - those paper owls are gorgeous!

xxx

Farmyard Crafts said...

Wow! What a construction!! Looks great! Love the papercraft by the kiddies!!

Thimbleanna said...

OoohhhhOohhhhhOooohhhh -- I LOVE that Union Jack, you very lucky Mummy! You and the Pebbles are making me VERY jealous! I looks like you had a wonderful time. Not long now until the Big Event, eh?

Ali said...

You've made me want to build a sandcastle! Top job on those owls. Shamefully, we have yet to do any of the projects, but you've inspired me.

73mw said...

Fabulous sandcastle! Wow!

The Union Jack project is lovely as are the sock projects and the paper crafted critters. I too can't believe how quickly the holidays are zipping by, just a shame we don't seem to be getting any decent weather for them.

periwinkle said...

Now that is some sandcastle, well done Fred and little pebbles . Is the excitement still mounting - not long now x

Leanne said...

Great sandcastle. Looks like a very nice summer holiday I am wishing it was summer here.

Helen said...

Saltburn has a wonderful beach . . . . . . tell Fred I have never seen such an impressive sand castle . . . . . WOW !!

silverpebble said...

Wasn't it ACE? What a good good day.

Those owls are wonderful and I love the combination of union jack and flowers on that little purse.

It was so so good to see you Locket.

Jackie said...

I saw your holiday pics with pebbles and lockets on Emmas blog. What fun having all those children getting on and having fun together, not to mention their Mums!
I love the purse pattern ..its a lot of work. And the paper craft is great. There is a superb paper craft blog called Paper forest. They have really complex pieces but really interesting to look at.

Shaheen said...

Those owls are fab, thanks for the link to the tutorial, I hope to make them with nephews and neices.
Warm wishes.

Shaheen said...

Whoops noted the links to the lizard, will have to check out th book. Still, I have to thanks you for the introduction.

ladydi said...

All the best of summer vacation. Sand, water, knitting, and crafts. Love it!

Thimbleanna said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIG BIRTHDAY MRS. LOCKET!!!!! I hope you're having a WONDERFUL DAY!!!

ladydi said...

The trip to the beach looks delightful - summer at its best!

Thimbleanna said...

Hello Ms. Locket! Just me checking in -- hoping you are ok. And hoping that you had a WONDERFUL BIG Birthday a few weeks ago!!!