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Friday, 21 February 2014

This week's smiles....week 57

Happy Friday to all who pop in here to share their smiles and to those that just pop in to have a smile and brighten their week.  What a fab turn out we had last week....lots joined in to share their happy moments and I would like to thank you all for taking time out of your busy lives.  It really does make the world a better place when you can smile through difficult times.

This week I am featuring another who joined in for the first time last week.  Kay shared some pics of a dog with a better head for heights than me. :-)  What a brilliant advantage point he has found to be on guard duty from.  Thanks for joining in Kay....do join in to share again soon.

My smiles for this week are of the wonderful long weekend we had at Centre Parcs in the Lake District.  All our wonderful family [ yes all 13 of us!] had planned a long weekend away together to celebrate Shell's 30th [Jan 7th] and my darling hubby's 60th birthday [March 3rd].  When we arrived it was cold, windy and the sky was throwing rain, sleet and snow at us but we found our way to two amazing lodges.  Amy and Dave had a 4 bedroomed 2 storey lodge for all their family and the rest of us had a 4 bedroomed bungalow type lodge.  They were really well equipped and very warm and cosy.  We all had a wonderful family time together, the 5 grandchildren enjoyed swimming times together and there were many times to enjoy nature in the pine forest that surrounded us.

We made very many happy memories together....
[you can click on the pics for a closer look if you want to]

There were red squirrels in the woods around us and we saw pheasants, a quail, a mouse, 2 badgers, more pigeons than we could count and a tree creeper to name but a few.  There was a camera set up on a badger set that we could watch on the televisions and we even watched two badgers getting very friendly one night....rather voyeuristic!!  The children were all very fascinated by the nature around us as you can see here...

I hope you have enjoyed sharing our smiles this week and will link up yours below......go on let's make the world a happier place.  :-)

Annie x


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

You had me chuckling at Badger Cam. what a way to entertain when it's really cold out.

So, not speaking the Queen's English, I wonder if those colorful boots the kids are wearing while splashing in the water, are called Wellies?

Yep, I spent a LOT of time clicking the photos, because I clicked to the largest so I could share the good times you all had over the weekend. Happy Friday, dear. I's still smiling over Badger Cam. It may be the time of morning for me, but I still find great humor in that.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Even though I don't speak Queen's English, I still speak English and that should have read "I'm," not "I's."

mamapez5 said...

What a wonderful weekend! I have heard lots of good things about Centre Parcs. It is good that the little ones are so interested in nature, even the badger cam! The photos are lovely. I love seeing them splashing in the puddles and riding their bikes, rather than glued to the TV like so many little ones are. Thanks for all the smiles. Kate xx

Anneliese said...

I couldn't but laugh at this kind of renovation in an old house: Boss the work is done, should I repair it at once?

Gill Edwards said...

what a great time you all had and the badger can sounds cheeky. Things are always better in large groups arent they.
have a fab week Annie
Gill xx

Laura said...

Lovely. I'm glad you all had a good time. I think Granddad has the biggest smile :)

Twiglet said...

Happy days!!! Keep smiling. x Jo

Hettie said...

What a wonderful weekend away for you all. After the last few months you needed this!
The kiddies are just about old enough now to remember this as a fabulous time later.

BumbleVee said...

So, I've got a little grin for you today Annie....

505whimsygirl said...

hi Annie. I am for my second week on Friday smile. Thamk you for the shout out regarding the dog. I had so much fun coming across him. my computer started acting up so I'm responding from my iphone and I am NOT used to doing it this way.
it looks like you and all your family had a wonderful time. I thought. the. webcam was really interesting.

Hugs. Kay