:: We celebrated Angus's sixth birthday.
:: I learnt the collective noun for a group of badgers.
:: I made a delighted boy a badger t-shirt (and my mum was thrilled to find that blue jumper in M&S.)
:: I baked two cakes, one to be eaten after school with family and a McDonald's Happy Meal...
...and one Badgery one for the party at the weekened.
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And in other, non-badger related news, I also:
:: Picked bluebells from my sister's garden.
:: Learnt the difference between native and Spanish bluebells (these are Spanish)
:: Continue to be displeased with the mantel arrangement I've been faffing with. Everything about it is wrong and unbalanced and I don't know why. (I later moved the pussy willow stems and that helped a bit, but still, it's traumatic.)
:: Discovered that still warm off-cuts of cake with buttercream sandwiched between them are delicious, and everything I thought a whoopie pie (remember those?) would be but wasn't.
:: Saw a bird from the kitchen window, photographed it (sorry, not much zoom on my camera) and then looked it up in a book! A first for me. Suddenly we are all very interested in birds, all four of us. I think it's a goldfinch and I know you'll all correct me if I'm wrong.
:: Failed to cut the grass and admired the daisies instead. Why are we so obsessed with neat lawns in this country? Why are daisies and dandelions all over the grass considered a gardening failure?
:: Got excited about these rhododendron buds in the garden and wondered what colour they'll be.
:: Enjoyed John's banana ice cream, his first experiment with the ice cream maker he got for Christmas.
:: Also enjoyed using this old Tala ice cream scoop I recently liberated from my Grandad's kitchen drawer. Nice handle.
:: Had a lovely morning in Arundel with Sara. There are pretty buildings everywhere you look in that picturesque town.
:: Started a new book, The Year Of Living Danishly. It's very good, very funny.
Also, how lovely is that pink gerbera?
I am looking forward to an early night and slightly less hectic week ahead.