Tag Archives: Surrey

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.

Watching the Olympic Torch Relay


Have I mentioned before how much my mom loves Windsor?

Well she does.

And my sister in law was kind enough to remind us that the Olympic torch was coming through Windsor Tuesday afternoon, so on a whim, we decided to go to Windsor yesterday, have lunch and watch the torch relay.



After a nice lunch, we walked down past the castle to the Long Walk, where we decided to make our little base.


The weather here has been acting a bit bipolar lately; hot one minute and raining the next. Thankfully, during the wait, the weather wasn’t too bad and Josh was able to run around and play on the grass.



And I would like to draw attention to the fact that despite my fiercely American leanings, I was more than happy to let Josh run around in a “team GB” t-shirt that Grandma bought for him.


As long as he cheers for the right team once the Olympics actually start, it’s fine.


The whole time we were waiting, we really only had one big downpour, so for five minutes or so we huddled together under the umbrella.


Josh wasn’t too happy about having to put his jacket on. I’ve given up even trying to put a hat, let alone a hood on him.


The sun came back out soon enough though.

Just enough time to snap a photo of Josh on the path before the runners came.


Josh looked like he was practicing his running too.

That boy just never sits still.

But at least I got a cute photo.


Finally the torch arrived.


And ran past.


And in the blink of an eye it was gone.


If you sneezed, you might have missed it.

Trains This Way


There is a bank holiday this Monday, which means three day weekend! Exciting stuff…

It started out as a typical weekend, mainly involving every parents worst nightmare, wandering aimlessly around Homebase, or some other DIY store, on a Saturday morning, trying to figure out our closet problem.



Thank goodness we brought the tape measure along or who knows how long Josh would have lasted.

Tim and I ended up going into central London again Saturday night; we’re becoming quite big fans of the Southbank. We were there last weekend for a concert at the Royal Festival Hall.

It was the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier, and it was lovely. For about the same price as a movie ticket you can have a wonderful evening and enjoy such beautiful music.

I think I might be addicted.


Last night, however, we went to the British Film Institute, which was still showing The Descendants.



Neither Tim or I had ever seen a movie here so it was nice to try something new. It looks like they have some good events coming up, which includes some silent Hitchcock films accompanied by live music. Could be interesting.


This afternoon we ended up taking Josh to a miniature railway.

It’s called Mizens Railway and isn’t too far a drive from our house. It is run by train enthusiasts and only open (during the summer months – which I might add was in the 40s today!) on Sundays from 2 – 5pm.

It’s free to just go and look at all the trains and only a pound or so if you want to actually ride the train.



There were trains everywhere…

Needless to say, Josh was in heaven!


And while he loved looking at the trains, it took a bit more coaxing to actually get him on one.


But he eventually did and we took a ride on the little steam train.





I think I even managed to capture the beginnings of a smile from Josh on my phone at one point!


The trains were a huge hit with Josh though and I am sure we will be back visiting the “choo choos” very soon.


On a side note, less than 50 days till my mom and sister arrive! I am so excited!!


I can’t wait to see you two!!