Posted in March 2012

Terrapin update

We found him after the gardeners had gone, trying to climb into the flower beds.  I guess he was hiding in the long grass somewhere.  My lovely husband picked him up (as the step up to the beds was taller than him and he’d got himself wedged in a corner) and once up on the … Continue reading

Out-foxed by a terrapin

Just a quick post whilst I have 5 minutes.  There’ll be more later on our time in Crested Butte playing in the snow and spending time with my Dad, but first, the terrapin. We were just making breakfast when I saw some movement in the grass outside.  I called the girls and rushed outside to see … Continue reading

Home again

Here we are, back in Houston.  When we booked the trip home 12 days seemed like a long time but it rushed past and I still didn’t get to see everyone I wanted to.  Next time we’re back for only 6 days in May so that won’t be any better and in July I’m coming … Continue reading

Airport olympics and amazing children

We’re back in the UK, hurrah!  All safe and sound and my lovely husband has arrived in Australia safely too.  Phew! The girls were brilliant at the airport – we had 3 hours in between my lovely husband leaving us at the check-in desk and getting on the plane but we managed to fill the … Continue reading


Last post today, I promise. Should have written more during the week… The Houston Museum of Natural Science (where we went on Thursday) has a great shop with loads of cheap science-type toys and games. We spent ages choosing some coloured stones, a yapping handbag-type battery dog ($5 but will probably cost many times that … Continue reading

Rodeo! Part 2

On Thursday afternoon we headed into the Houston rodeo site in the city centre to see the carnival (fair) and all the many stalls and kids activities there. I’d taken the girls to the Houston Museum of Natural Science in the morning for a great class called Little Critters which involved a personal tour of … Continue reading

Late night furniture building

During the week, headboards for the girls beds arrived. Past bedtime, typically. I crept upstairs and, unusually, the girls were actually asleep. Hmm. What to do? The rubbish collection was in the morning and we wanted to put the boxes out to be taken away. Obviously the sensible thing to do was to wait until … Continue reading

21c is warm enough for swimming…

The pool heater is still not mended. However, the weather is much sunnier now and the pool temperature has been rising steadily.  Today the temperature reached 21c so we decided to jump in and have a proper swim.  The girls were obviously in first – across the spa tub first and then braving the colder … Continue reading