Now how do I stop this post being 5 miles long? Oh well, as it's my 'diary', you'll just have to pick and choose the bits you want. Sam, her Mum Rene and Jack picked me up from the airport on Wednesday 13th, we made a quick trip to MacDonalds for a takeaway, Halfords to pick up Jack's birthday bike and it was off home. Jack was thrilled to see me as usual. We chatted all the way home. We all had an early night in preparation for the day ahead.
Jack's 4th Birthday, Thursday May 14th, 2009
We were all up with the lark for the bike unveiling. Jack rushed into the front room, ripped off the 2 bows from the bike and got on immediately. He was over the moon with it. Later he said to Jason, 'I'm very proud of my birthday presents'. Bless.
Jack finds his new bike. It's a Thomas the Tank Engine Bike
He's soon riding it
Soon Nanny Maureen and Great Granddad Ivor arrived with another present:
It's a scooter, which Jack has wanted for some while
Jason opened his cards and soon the present receiving was over. I bought him 4 books, which he just loves. It's good to be able to read some 'proper' stories to him now.
Jason, Sam, Ivor, Maureen, Rene, Jack and I all headed off to the zoo in 2 cars. It was a cloudy but not cold day, just right really. I took loads of animal photos of course!
This chap kept saying 'hello', a good welcome
There were loads of tiny monkeys with cheeky faces, they look so cute:
One way to eat your dinner
What a strange face
Jason, Sam, Jack, Maureen, Ivor, Rene
The cake's good
A colobus monkey, and below
Amazing hair style
The lion was quite magnificent. I took loads of photos of him but I'll try and choose a couple
He knows he's the king
In the children's section, this turkey was wandering about. They are SO ugly:
See that 'thing' sticking up?
and flopping down! Do click on any photos to enlarge them
I'm not sure what they were watching but Jack was enjoying it! Lovely
Jack fed Tania the elephant, and so did I. It was like posting food into a letter box:
We also fed the giraffes:
What a fantastic face
Which way to go?
Walking back to the car I was struck by these reflections
And this weird bird
We were all thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day and were pleased to get home. Jack was very good and loved his zoo trip.
Friday, 15th May
Jack was at school in the morning and we picked him up at 1pm. Sam had to take her car to the garage as a bearing had gone and I went to a super material shop in Bury St Edmunds to get some edging for Kitty's quilt. I bought one or two other things too...... I met up with Sam and Jack at a play centre, then it was off to Asda and home. I planted some annuals in Sam's garden but put my back out. It's even worse today. All in all a gentle day ready for:
Jack's Birthday Party, Saturday 16th May 2009
This was a party with some of Jack's friends from nursery. We had 9 all together and they played in the indoor play centre for over an hour then it was upstairs for the birthday food. There was loads of it and us adults had plenty too. The children were so good and nobody cried or moaned. It was a super party and Jack received quite a haul of presents, which we opened when we got back home. Party photos:
Jack in the white t-shirt back left
The only girl.
Jack with his best friend Ben
Jack waiting to blow out the candles on his cake (right)!
Stories before bedtime
This lady is a TV presenter called Michaela Strachan. She was filming (or being filmed) while we were at the zoo. We were watching the monkeys and saw the cameramen in the compound. Sam said 'I bet that's Michaela Strachan', at which point Michaela turned to Sam and smiled at her. Sam was SO embarrassed!! I took this lovely reflective photo of her and today found this on the internet: (Jack's ear is in the middle of the shot)!!
On Thursday 14th May, Michaela Strachan took a short break from filming her new show for Channel 5 to visit Orangutan Forest and meet Rajang; Colchester Zoo's 40 year old orangutan!
Michaela was filming for "Animal Families", a channel five programme. The series is an educational children's wildlife series. The series is planned to air on five/fiver in the autumn of 2009 during the morning 'milkshake' slot'.
So that's why she was there!
Jason helping Jack ride his new bike
Jason, Sam (and Kitty) watching Jack on his scooter
Bury St Edmunds Railway Station and below. A fine building I thought
I think that's more than enough. It was a great trip, apart from my back! Jason ran me to the airport last night and Jim picked me up as usual. It's always good to be home but it's pouring with rain today. Lovely Irish weather.