First up, we had to stop to see Helen (and Archie the Wonderdog) because we like to do that, always enjoy ourselves and it would be silly not to.
The girls, as you can see, are comfortable enough at Helen's to treat her house entirely like their own.
The summer in England has been a bit dodgy this year but the northeast broke out some lovely sunshine to welcome us. The first day we were there we went into town and started filling food cravings that are not so easily filled in the middle of England, unless we make it ourselves.
Then the sun continued to shine and we got on with enjoying the coast.
If you've been reading my blog over any time period you will know that Tynemouth is one of my most favourite places in the world. So we spent lots of time there. Including a day spent in the Priory watching knights at battle.
The girls got totally into the spirit of things cheering on their chosen teams. It really was a good day out.
And we found the benefit of being in a wifi free zone at my Mum's house. I had packed embroidery supplies for the trip. The girls dove in with gusto. And I've since had to buy copious a,punts of more floss and hoops it may be said. But the results are worth the expense.
Emily stitched the rabbit using a panel I got at one of the FQ Retreats. Helen designed the bunting one herself. It has been so nice seeing them make something. We need more wifi free holidays!