July 2004

melting clock

i loved this reflection of a wall clock in the Oak Tree Inn. as the window moved in the door it seemed to shimmer and melt.
a lovely effect enhanced by nice warm colours.

asserole of the day

the Oak Tree Inn had soup of the day, cheesecake of the day and a rather worrying asserole of the day.
i hope the ‘asserole’ is missing a ‘c’ and not another word mispelt

3000th post

oooh, this is the 3000th funkypancake post. that’s an average of ‘quite a few’ a day since 16 April 2003 so that’s 6 and a bit posts per day. fancy that fact fans.

the oak tree Inn

our holidayhouse was right opposite the oak tree inn, which is a lovely traditional pub/inn/restaurant/cafe/hotel thing.
here are esther and kezia enjoying a coke:

a hill in balmaha

there’s a little hill in balmaha (near the massive hill) which you can climb up quite easily. on this occasion jane carried kezia.
here is jane getting her breath back:
we were not alone in enjoying the view:

jane’s dad looks and ponders:
everyone looks and ponders:

view from the backyard

here is the view from the scrubland in the back of our scottish holiday house:

click to expand your horizons

supermarket games

i like going supermarket shopping with esther and kezia. i think this is because i do it so rarely it’s still a novelty.
here is a game you can play to bring even more fun to a shopping trip. get a massive multi-pack of crisps and try to get your youngster to balance it on their head whilst you whizz them about on the trolley.
kezia did quite well, although she found the bag of oven chips we tried later a little cold.

keyhole trunks

i went to the supermarket with kezia this afternoon as a father/daughter bonding thing. we walked past the men’s pants department and i saw these keyhole trunks.
trunks seems a modern word for pants (and i use this term in the most british of senses – non of your trousers here pls).
and what’s the keyhole bit all about ? is it for those physiologically challenged ? or a modern day chastity belt ? it’s all too much for me to comprehend.
next they’ll be saying men need to wear single piece swimming costumes at public pools.

the hiding bollard

esther took this photo but was very concerned because she said she could only see three of the bollards in the photo. i said we should call it ‘the hiding bollard’ because you can see it if you look justbehind the third one.

christian boxing match

more random field activities. this time involving lots of cardboard boxes. one of the organisers said it took around 7 hours to prepare this game, which lasted approximately 7 minutes !
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Milarrochy Bay

we had a very nice trip to Milarrochy Bay with cousin catherine, cousin mike and his parents.
here is a view of the loch:
inspired by the children cousins jane and catherine regressed and built a sand speed boat for esther and kezia (mike’s dad provided valuable engineering input):
jane’s parents spot something funny in a tree:
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then kezia came down and walked through a very photogenic hollow tree: