Friday, 31 October 2008

Sunday, 26 October 2008

A Deer Rut

Today we decided to go along to RSPB Minsmere which is near Dunwich in Suffolk - as the RSPB had set up a viewing area with telescopes so the public could watch the red deer rutting.

I was hoping to take some lovely photos of the red deer - but when we got there, if you squinted really hard you could just about see some brown objects in the hedges which apparently were the red deer !

Looking through the telescopes was much better, but unfortunately Sam didn't get to see anything, but he did enjoy watching all the people around and lots of them spoke to him.

We saw a few foxes running around, loads of rabbits and of course the deer.

This is what I was hoping to see close up - but I pinched this from a website about the Minsmere herd , which is one of the largest herds in England.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Girlguiding's Big Gig

Today 2 coaches and 74 guides, senior section & guiders from Taverham, Costessey & Horsford set off in party gear for the annual girlguiding concert "The Big Gig". This year it was at the NEC Birmingham.

Can you imagine 10,000 girls screaming in a hot, dark arena with the majority wearing blue flashing bunny ears ??? It is very LOUD !! But great FUN !! This is the 5th time I have been with the Guides to the Big Gig and I have never been disappointed.

We were entertained with The Sugarbabes, Leon Jackson, Sam Beeton, DJ Ironik, Alphabeat, Avenue, The Saturdays, The Script, The Hoosiers and finally Scouting for Girls.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Eggy Bread Wednesday

I feel ashamed to admit that this was my idea - the silver balls are cake decorations - there were left over from Guides last week and Ben has been eating them like sweets this week.

But combine them with eggy bread and tomato sauce and the result is 0/10 !!!

He said it was absolutely disgusting so scraped them all off. I wont be doing that again me thinks.

Saturday, 11 October 2008

Goodbye Pear Tree

Take one 40 year old pear tree,
one 13 year old boy
and one hand saw (later followed by a chainsaw)
and the pear tree is no more.
Shame because we now have no where to hang the bird feeders.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Genetics Clinic

Today Sam had an appointment in the Genetics clinic at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital (N&N). The geneticists from Addenbrookes hospital regularly hold clinics at the N&N.

We have waited 3 years for this appointment, we were told at the last meeting in 2005 that new tests would be available in the next few years and we should wait.

So we have waited and waited.

I went along today hoping that we would finally be able to get a diagnosis for Sam. I don't know why I bothered going though.

As Sam hasn't lost any skills (can't say he's gained many either though !), and he doesn't have any dysmorphic features (both consultants had a good look at his fingers !) they really don't think they can do any more testing at the moment. But they did take a few photos of him and said they would discuss him at a team meeting.

Guess we are going to have to wait some more !!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Our Pear Tree Has Died !

I noticed the other week that our pear tree seemed to be leaning over - I originally thought it was straining under the weight of fruit on its branches - but no.

Yesterday I suggested to Julian that he could try and prop it up - but this morning we woke up to this :-

Which our cat Phoebe found much more accessible !