Sunday, 4 August 2019

Photo diary: week 31, project 365

I wasn't sure whether I was going to do a photo diary post this week, as it was a very sad week for us. A daughter of our friends died earlier this week, and this has been a big shock. She was one of Sasha's mates at his old school, a lovely girl with a radiant smile.

Now that the summer holidays are in full swing, we're trying to keep everyone busy. Last Sunday we went to the toy shop for Eddie to spend his pocket money (for reading aloud and home chores) on a LEGO set.
We're big fans of Marvel movies, and loved the latest Spiderman, so it was no surprise that Eddie has picked a Spiderman Far from Home set.

On Monday I was finishing a post for the blog tour for A Right Royal Face-Off by Simon Edge, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Gainsborough is one of my favourite artists.

That Tuesday morning we got the tragic news of E's passing. I couldn't stop crying after I put the phone down, which upset Eddie even more, and he started sobbing too.
Later that day we had E's younger brother with us. He's Eddie's friend. I just wanted to scoop up both boys and hug them to my chest.

This is a photo I took in St Michael and St Piran's church in Perranuthnoe a week before, but I wanted to post something solemn and sombre.

Beyond the door
There's peace, I'm sure.
And I know there'll be no more
Tears in Heaven...

Keeping myself busy in the kitchen, it's my way of coping with stress. I made some chocolate mousse with butterscotch syrup.

The day before we were offered an extra overnight stay at the respite centre for Sash. He missed one last month, when he wasn't well, and we were grateful to have another stay for him. Sash loves going there, and we do things with Eddie.
We went to Oxford, without any particular plan. They were doing the water zorbing in the West Gate centre in a small pool, which can fit 3 balloons. Eddie was on cloud nine. He told me he had tried it before in Italy, when his grandparents took him to some play centre.
They look fun, those capsules, but I think I would feel rather claustrophobic inside.

We had dinner at Pizza Pilgrims, a totally overrated place, if you ask me. My husband said they were supposed to be the best Italian pizza around. I was left underwhelmed. My pizza was OK, but I've definitely eaten better pizza in my life.
Back home, and an early night for us.

Three years ago my Mum planted some hollyhock seeds in our garden, it took the plant two years to produce any flowers. Last year it was still a pretty short plant with a few blooms, this year it's in a much better shape. My Mum asked me to take a photo of the flowers for her.

I was worried about my potted plants, when we were away in Cornwall, as the heatwave struck hard here. But my friends have keys to the house and kindly watered the flowers in my absence. The echinacea is doing well this year.

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  1. So sorry to hear about your friend's daughter. That must have been a real shock to you all.
    It looks like Eddie had great fun zorbing. Your flowers are looking lovely.

  2. So sorry to hear the bad news about your friend's daughter. Seems worse when it's young people.
    N will be gutted. We were in Oxford on our inset days before the Westgate had their summer activities (well, they had table tennis tables but they were being hogged by tonnes of tourist- japanese children. He loves doing that zorbing, so I'll have to keep any eye out and see how long they stay there.

  3. Sending you huge, huge hugs. It's hard enough to lose anybody but at that age, it's even worse. xxx

  4. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news. I'm thinking of you. Hugs xx

  5. Oh Galina how awful, I'm so sorry for you all. Your Eddie is so much more adventurous than my son although I'm with you, I think I'd hate to be inside those things #365

  6. So so sorry to hear of your friends daughter, so sad when it is a child, life can be so cruel and unfair sometimes.
    Nice to get the extra night for Sasha when he enjoys it so much.
    The zorbing would make me dizzy, always seems quite hard to stay upright.

  7. I am so sorry about your friends daughter! What a shock.
    That chocolate mousse looks so good!
    My girls love water zorbing. They've done it at fairs before but I couldn't, I would feel claustrophobic too! x

  8. So sorry to hear the bad news about your friend's daughter, heartbreaking. My boys loves doing zorbing, I am not sure I'd be so keen myself. Those chocolate mousse look amazing xx