Ten days in Madeira in May were refreshing except for the daily anxiety of checking up on Warwick. All the same we did lots of walking, eating good food and chilling in the sun.
We spent many happy days in Chelmsford with Alex and Emily. This year they moved into Junior and Infant School respectively.
They both came to stay with us again in the summer and we did a round of adventure playgrounds at Fountains Abbey, Lotherton Hall Bird Sanctuary and the National Railway Museum. There may have been ornamental gardens, ornithological rarities and ancient locomotives too, but they all took second place to zip wires, swings and forts!
It was a typically English Summer when the rain rained and the sun hid itself away. So out came the winter coats when we visited the Valley Gardens in Harrogate.