Saturday, October 31, 2015

Halloween 2015

It's been a long time since I posted, because we were adventuring on a Space A trip to and from the States for the last week and a half.  And I am tired of posting about things I did a few weeks (or months) back, so I wanted to get something up ASAP...  Like tonight!  These pictures are hot off the press!

We spent absolutely NOTHING on costumes, poured a bunch of money into candy for our neighborhood visitors (it's REALLY cute to hear German kids say "Twik oah tweet!"), did a Unit Halloween party yesterday, and did the trick-or-treating thing tonight.  

Here are some pics...

Cake Walk

Greg Heffley (the Wimpy Kid)

Winning the Cake Walk!

Judging the Chili... the friend beside me was FIRST PLACE!

Costume Judging

Mom and Pop LOVE last minute costumes!

The kids from our building who went looting together!

Monday, October 12, 2015

UK Vacay: Last Stop, Roald Dahl Museum!

Anybody hear of Willy Wonka? Matilda?  James and The Giant Peach? The Fantastic Mr. Fox?  We have!  We've read many Roald Dahl books (sometimes in order watch their Hollywood interpretations).  So when I was planning outings for our vacation, I was delighted to learn that our travels could take us right past Great Missenden, where Roald Dahl spent the last few decades of his life. It is also where the Roald Dahl Musem and Story Centre is. Our flight out of London Stanstead wasn't until evening, so we stopped there on our way to the airport for several hours to pay homage and learn a bit more about Dahl's life and creative process.  I may have loved it more than the kids, but they did get into it!

Big brother is as tall as Charlie here!

Little Brother and Matilda would make great playmates. 

Dahl's Writing Shed

Replica of Dahl's writing shed.

This scene was given to the Museum. It is from the Movie set of the Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Recognize some elements?  This makes me want to watch the movie again!
Though it was not much like the book...

Self Portrait

Here's our haul of small souvenirs!
Though next time we travel, I think we'll only take pictures! 

UK Vacay: Northleach and Stonehenge

We've been home from our big vaction for over a month now, and "real life" has kept me from finishing up posting the pics from the trip.  So, today, you get a 2-for-1 deal.  Northleach first.  Our final destination for the day was Stonehenge, but we knew we didn't want to get there too early.  As we were driving through the Cotswolds to get there, we stopped a bit before lunch time to visit the village of Northleach. The attractions it boasted were "Historic Wool Church" and a Musical Museum.  We skipped the museum, but enjoyed wandering through the village and taking in a bit of the Cotswolds.


This furry dude hung out at the Market/parking area.  He has his own facebook fan page!  Norman de Northleach

This is where we chose to have lunch.

Playing Big Deal while waiting for our lunch in the Ox House's hidden garden.  We had to move back inside about 5 minutes after this, due to a torrential storm that blew through. 

Ham and Cheese Toastie.


Ham and Cheese Toastie. Yummy!

The Bubble and Squeak I ordered was a new twist on "old food"
Here's more info on what it is!  
We saw several thatched roof homes in the Cotswolds.

In 2013, the English Heritage Trust opened a visitor center and museum at Stonehenge.  I grudgingly paid our entrance fee (ahead of time, online to save money), as there was no way to visit the monument without paying admission.  It included a bus ride between the monument from the visitor center . We rode to, and walked back.  The visitor center was done really well, the cafe had a lot to choose from, and the gift shop was well organized, and not too kitchy.  I have to admit, I enjoyed the modern attraction as much as the "actual" attraction, and it helped inform us of what we were looking at.  It also helped make for a more "full" time there.

See the Rainbow?

Walking back to the Visitor Center.

We were walking through pasture right past herds of bovine.  They're pretty used to having guests, it appears.

This would have been the best souvenir.  Didn't fit in the suitcase.
Just liked the texture in this pic.

In the background is the visitor center, gift shop, and cafe.