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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Our Sunny Summer So Far

A summer like no other...

In Scotland, our seasons are not very well defined - cloud, low temperatures and a lot of rain are common in all 4 seasons. Summers are usually a mixture of grey cloud and rain with the odd glimpse of sunshine and temperatures are typically around 15 degrees Celsius.

Last summer was awful; it rained almost all the time. We spent most of the time trying to find fun things to do indoors...there was a lot of painting, reading stories and making dens!

But not this summer (I really hope I am not about to jinx things!) we have now had about 4 or 5 WEEKS of  warm/ hot weather and glorious sunshine. It has been above 20 degrees and even hit 30 degrees last week. It has been just WONDERFUL!!!  (I am publishing this a few weeks after writing it and the weather is starting to turn wet...booo hooo)

As far as I know, our great weather is set to continue so this allows us to plan fun OUTDOOR stuff. I've been 'researching' on Pinterest and been finding ideas for our Summer Bucket List (I have always been a bit jealous of the American and Canadian blogs I see where the families can play outdoors all summer and visit outdoor pools and water parks.) and am starting to put together a fun list of things to do over our 7 week holiday.

So far this summer we have... 

Back garden fun

 My beautiful boys

  BBQ with Granma and Colin

 Happy, happy Evan!

 Ice lollies on the backdoor step

  Me and my girl

Crazy Granma tried to see if she would fit through the tunnel...

..turns out she got a bit stuck!

 Egg and Spoon races


 Silversands Beach

It was a beautiful hot day a few weeks ago so we headed for the beach. It was really busy! Evan has taking a liking to eating spades full of sand so he was in his element here. It makes me feel sick each time I see him take a fist full of sand to his mouth - I honestly gag!  
Ian had (too much) fun digging a huge hole for the kids and collecting bucket loads of water from the sea. They made the hole into a boat - there was a lot of beach envy that day and a few kids (and adults) kept coming across to see it. 
Just look at the colour of that beautiful sky!!!

Here are some shots of my beach babes:




Sprinkler and Paddling Pool


Visiting Granny and Grampa at the farm

I love this picture of Evan peeking over the fence in Granny and Grampa's garden - he was looking for the cows. The view they have from the house is just beautiful.

 Heather, Hannah and Granny had fun doing make up

Grampa and David played at Power Rangers on the - I think Grampa won this battle!

 My gorgeous wee nephew Alec (almost 6 months old)

I know Grampa and David aren't smiling here but I thought it was a lovely picture of them having quiet time together.

Granny and Heather had a bit of quiet time too
We had lots of fun at the farm.

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