I completely forgot to blog about this weekend - mainly because around that time I swapped from a regular laptop to a mac - and STILL, almost a year on, have major problems managing my photos. Like a complete thicko.
Anyway, we try to visit this outdoor centre in the Lake District once a year as an extended family - it's roughly half way between where we all live - and is the BEST location for a big get together.
As I know I've blogged before, my shoulders relax as soon as I see the sign...
...made even better by the lack of phone or internet signal.
We usually arrive first on the Friday night - and set to unloading the shopping and trying to work out the best combo of dorms with the growing number of children! I think there are 24 of us now.
This time we went in March - which as anyone who knows the Lakes knows, can mean anything weather wise from snow to sunshine.
As is often the case we were really (really) lucky and got a beautiful (if nippy) weekend of sun.
Saturday is usually about decorating the barn, a little mooch round Kirkby Lonsdale and often some activities courtesy of Cleggy. This year was popcorn making.
And LOADS of outside games.
The rocket was very popular
|big cousins helping little cousins|
|little cousins helping even smaller cousins|
throwing and catching
and the obligatory campfire
As the sun went down and the temperature dropped further everyone added extra layers. Apart from Geordie, who changed into his onsie!
THEN - the main event of the weekend. For the past couple of years we've done favourite films so this year was Grease.
Cleggy has an entertainment budget which he ignores - and this year was no different.
and everyone makes a MASSIVE effort to dress up and get into the spirit of the theme.
|Geordie looking V pretty as a pink lady!|
there were three Sandy's - two cheerleaders and one sexy!!
and my personal favourite costume - the hot dog and mustard
|The Granny with her children - she must be so proud!!|
|my mum and her little sister|
|me with my little cousin Caroline (a brilliant Patty!)|
|This might be my favourite photo - Granny Mackie doing her cheerleading - with Janet looking on like she's a nutter. Whilst dressed as a hot dog.|
Cleggy devises the best themed team games - which we all take WAAAAAy too seriously. It's like a baying crowd - and when it's your turn to represent your team you really feel the pressure!!
bubble blowing competition
Tea this year was diner food - but the rubbish oven meant over cooked onion rings and under cooked fries!! No one minded.
|small dram with your tea Geordie?|
It was a brilliant night - as always.
The following morning was all about playing with cousins and making the most of the beautiful sunshine again.
Plus - a little bit of candy floss making!
We've just booked the centre for later this year - and since it's Halloween week there's an obvious theme.
Bring on the zombies....