Megan’s 7th Birthday Part 1 – New bike

Lay and I returned to Holly Bank Barn on Sunday morning for the start of our family holiday.  We arrived to a fabulous welcoming committee waiting for us in the driveway which was a pleasing sight after a long journey.  We were then greeted with a delicious croissant breakfast (thanks Grannie Annie). Megan and William spotted …

Family Party 2016 Part 3 – The Morning After

After a fabulous party there was one last opportunity for people to spend time together in the beautiful Cumbrian countryside.  Other than Tony and Jeanie, who had set off early to continue their holiday in Scotland, the remaining troops gathered at the Barn from where a trip to Tarn Hows was planned. I rather failed …

Family Party 2016 Part 2 – The Main Event

Having returned to Holly Bank Barn it was time for the party to get underway.  This followed the more traditional format of food, drink, outdoor games, fun and lots of laughter. Sebastian did a great job of entertaining Megan and William with the giant Jenga whilst Lay did a great job of managing the BBQ. …

Family Party 2016 Part 1 – Beacon Tarn

Clare and Tony are hosting the family party at their home in Cumbria this year.  Given the distances people travelled to get here the party was extended to a family weekend and Clare and Tony had come up with some entertainment to suit everyone. Having all met up on Friday night at the Red Lion, …

Watch out Cumbria – the Harker’s have arrived!

After a couple of weeks of holiday club, the summer holidays are finally underway as we head north up the M6 to Cumbria. We arrived at Holly Bank Barn late on Tuesday evening.  William had crashed out in the car but Megan was far too excited to see Clare, Tony and Molly to fall asleep …

Cumbria Adventure

Half term saw us heading north to Cumbria for some half term fun. We were lucky to be able to spend most of the first day with Clare and Tony before they headed off on their skiing holiday.  We all donned our walking kit and headed up Beacon Tarn.  Megan and William managed the whole route …

Megan’s Party

Mummy was up at the crack of dawn to ice Megan’s cake before taking Togo for a long walk with Grandad. Meanwhile Grannie Annie enrolled Megan into helping with some household chores whilst Daddy and William went in search of a large number 5 helium filled baloon. With Party preparations complete we walked and scootered …

Ragdale Hall – Days 4 and 5

I am not sure if it is the wine, the comfy beds, the amount of exercise we are doing or the general relaxed state we have adopted but this morning Clare and I were too late to do our 5k run before breakfast. Grannie Annie however managed her walk around the grounds. We made up …