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Climbing Leith Hill


We are still following through on our promise to explore a bit more of the countryside, and so last week we went to explore Leith Hill.

What is Leith Hill you might ask?

Why it’s only the second highest point in South East England. I really can’t believe you’ve never heard of it.

Only joking. Of course I can.

It’s just a big hill.

With a tower on the top.

But what better thing to do when faced with a big hill than to climb up it, which is just what we decided to do last week.

It was dry but pretty cold still, so Josh wasn’t in the greatest of moods.

But we persevered and eventually made it to the top.



Where we were able to see some lovely views and make our way over to the tower.



I can’t even begin to describe how cold it was from the top of the tower, with all the cold wind blowing.

But we climbed it and even managed to have a peek over the edge.




Which means Josh earned his first stamp in his National Trust passport.

At this rate, I think he’ll have that passport filled in no time at all.


A Perfect Sunrise


This last weekend I had a great idea.


We should go watch the sunrise.

It would be perfect.

We would get all bundled up, take a mug of hot chocolate, go hike and see the sunrise.

The weather was even supposed to be perfect too on Sunday.

Crisp and sunny.

Sadly, the weather was just about the only thing that did work out right.

Despite Josh happily being woken at 6 am and bundled into the car, asking “where we going mama?”, the rest of the morning did not quite go as planned.

The drive took a bit longer than we thought and we got there just after the sunrise.

It was still a beautiful view though.

But it was cold.

About 30 degrees cold.

And despite all his layers, Josh wasn’t having any of it.

He cried, refused to walk and screamed “hands not working!” I imagine because they were so cold. Poor kid. He clearly has inherited his mother’s Californian weather sensibilities.

Tim, always one to look on the bright side, suggested going for another hike in the afternoon to see the sunset, which happens over here at about 4pm.

I took a bit more convincing, as usual, but we ended up going on another hike to see the sunset, and I’m so glad we did.

There was beautiful light for photos.

Josh was much happier, rolling around in the grass and being thrown up into the air by Daddy.


We even managed a quick family photo.

And, of course, we saw the sunset.


It turned out to be the perfect plan after all.


On a Bicycle Built for Two


This post has been a long time in the making, but it has finally happened….

Josh has been on his first bike ride!

I had seen these child bike seats in America, called Weeride, and they looked like so much fun. I think part of the draw was that the child has a good view and can see out in front, rather than just staring at the parents back. And it’s always nice to have them close to you so you can talk with them and point out all the things to look at on the way.

Well, almost 2 months ago now, we finally got around to buying one. And then about a month ago, we finally got around to installing it on my bike. It took a lot longer though because when we finally got my bike out to install it, everything seemed to be wrong. The tires kept sticking and the brakes weren’t working, to name a few problems. So the bike was in the shop for a while.

Eventually we got it back though and the moment I had been looking forward to was here…. only Josh had other ideas.

He wanted nothing to do with this bike business. And boy did he let us know it. Tim tried to put his helmet on him one time… I can still hear the screams.

But I was determined this was going to happen, one way or another.

So, little by little, day by day, I would talk to Josh about the bike, let him play with the helmet around the house, anything to get him used to the idea.

Then this Sunday, with the sun almost peeking through the grey British sky, we finally got him on the bike, and he loved it!


We probably spent the better part of an hour riding around the neighbourhood. Even Tim got to try the bike out, saying it’s much easier to ride with than it looks.


I’m just so happy that Josh seems to have gotten over his fear of bicycles and helmets and I’m really looking forward to going on more bicycle rides with him!