Thursday, 27 August 2009

Rain Did Not Stop Play!!........

Well! We had a day out yesterday - we had planned it for over a week & were feeling very positive as the weather had been fine for a few days! It was glorious on Tuesday as I prepared the goodies for our picnic & called Amy's mum to arrange a pick up time! I laid out shorts & T-shirts for the boys, never giving sweats or jackets a thought!

Imagine my chagrin then when I pulled back the curtains first thing to see RAIN!! But with true British style (or should that be stubbornness?!!) we decided we would have our day out....& more of that later!!

Firstly - a day late, but better late than never - my WOYWW photo! I am still currently taking part in Dixie Pieces summer contest & it is all consuming!! Here you can see week 4's challenge as a work-in-progress - The finished article later!!

So, back to our day out! After revising the planned attire for the day to include jeans, hoodies & showerproof jackets! We set off, collecting Alex's friend Amy along the way! Our destination was 'Gullivers Land' in Milton Keynes.

By the time we arrived it had stopped raining & while still as dull as ditch water, we looked on the positive side, as it was likely to be less busy than if it had been a scorcher!

For those who have never visited a 'Gullivers Land' - they are basically a theme park aimed at families with kids aged up to 13 years, so all the rides are fun but not too fierce!

We spent the first hour all together & then Alex, Amy & Nathan went off to do their own thing! We caught up with them enjoying an the 'Pirates Swinging Galleon'!

The rain still held off & we even had a bit of sunshine break through! We were right in that the weather must have put off a lot of people as there were hardly any queues for any of the rides which suited us just fine!

We all went on the 'Python' roller coaster, which, although small by Adult park standards still succeeded in producing much screaming & really did take my breath away!!

The kids all spent some time in a ball pit meant for much smaller children, but it just shows that underneath all that attitude & 'coolness' they are still just kids!!

We took loads of photo's - these are just a few!! I love these old picture boards & got Lee & Nathan to pose for me!!

We had to eat our picnic indoors, but enjoyed it nonetheless!! The afternoon turned wet & we decided at 4pm to make our way home.....but not before the kids succumbed to the draw of the Log Flume!

It was such fun to watch their faces as their 'log' came over the top of the waterfall! Needless to say they were all soaked - but happy! We stopped by the sweet shop on the way out & they spent a soggy but contented car ride home munching on candy & rehashing the days adventures!

Finally - back to that LO for week 4 of the
Dixie Pieces SENSE-ational summer contest! This weeks challenge was 'Taste of Summer' with the colour scheme Yellow, Lime & Coral Red. It had to include painting too!

I may have mentioned before how I like Pimms#1Cup in the summer - so it was an obvious choice for me! I used two Pimms stirrers & two cocktail umbrella's as well as more traditional scrappy items & techniques! I had great fun with the word 'Taste' I used Pink Paislee adhesive alpha's as a mask & painted over them with a sponge, then peeled them off. I also used paint to stamp the words 'This is' & of course to paint that Grungeboard swirl!


Jocelyn said...

Ok......I am in LOVE with that LO...The title and the way you did is OUTSTANDING!!! Love the colors and all the detail work!!! Did I tell you have very talented you are!!!! Well I am telling you NOW!!!!!!!!!!! So sorry for the rain...but yay that you made a day of it!!!! Looks like fun...I know my Evan would have loved it!!!! Wishing you a day filled with happiness and smiles!!! :)

Tammy said...

Your day looks like it was so much fun and I love the little umbrellas on your layout!

Anna said...

Fabulous Sandi! Loving the cocktail embellishments (they're very me! :D ) and all the stitching and paper pleats ... and the way you've done the title ... :D

Glad you had such a good time at Gullivers Land. PS. That Pirate Ship makes me feel ill just looking at it!