Goodbyes

[photopress:img_0487.jpg,thumb,alignleft]The time came on Saturday for us to say goodbye to Marg and Geoff. Many thanks to them (Granny and G’Pa) for staying with us and spending time with your granddaughter. [photopress:img_0484.jpg,thumb,alignright]It was lovely having you both and we look forward to seeing you again later this year.

[photopress:img_0485.jpg,thumb,alignleft] We have taken a range of pictures of the Lovely Lottie at various coffee houses, restaurants and actually in her pushchair – some of her even being asleep – that we would like to share with you all. So, jump onto the pics page and enjoy!

Lottie’s first holiday

[photopress:img_0505.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Well greetings Lottie followers… last week had Lottie getting a taste of what’s to come on the travelling scene! She took her first plane ride! We headed off at 400am on Saturday morning to fly into Edinburgh where we rented a car and drove to our fabulous accommodation. [photopress:img_0326.jpg,thumb,alignright]We cannot plug Muirhall Farm enough – Chris and Gabi looked after us so well – and the cottage was gorgeous. Here is the link to their website – so you can check it out for yourselves! Thanks for the hospitality guys – and we hope to see you again in July!

On Monday, we took a drive and explored Glasgow – wandering the streets and looking at buildings designed by McIntosh (thanks for the whirlwind architectural tour Geoffrey!)

[photopress:img_0369.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Tuesday we visited the famous Roslyn Chapel (as seen in the DaVinci Code!). It was sooooooo very cold in there – and Lottie happily proved the acoustics of the amazing stone chapel. [photopress:img_0377_1.jpg,thumb,alignright]The masonry there is truly amazing – but £7 entry fee we thought was a bit steep! Shows what can happen to little places after a taste of Showbiz! We then drove to Edinburgh to visit the Australian Consulate to apply for Lottie’s passport. The appointment went well and we were told it would take 10 days for us to get her passport.

[photopress:img_0409.jpg,thumb,alignleft]A quick hi to Emma Clarkson – a blast from the past! An old school friend living in Edinburgh – I found the record shop where she works- when I read her updated profile on schoolfriends.com. It was great to see you Em and look forward to seeing you again in July!

Although we did not have time to visit Edinburgh castle, we hiked up the hill (pushchair and all!) – a steep one at that! The views up there are great and we look forward to more exploring in July!

[photopress:img_0426_1.jpg,thumb,alignright]Wednesday saw us visiting Loch Lomond and the town of Balloch. After a boat trip around the loch, we battled the bitter winds for a fierce walk around a part of the Loch. As you can see from our pics, Lottie was not too impressed with our efforts! But we rewarded our hard work with a hot cup of tea to thaw out!

[photopress:img_2544_1.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Before we knew it, it was time for us to head back to the Uk. Lottie’s second plane trip was as good as the journey there. She was happy as long as there was nipple in her mouth! Lucky for me, the flight was only an hour – goodness knows what you do if the flight is longer!!!!

Charlotte’s weight has remained the same for the past two weeks, so we are hoping that this week she has started moving again, she is being weighed on Monday. Her eyesight is improving and can now distinguish shapes from a distance and she is really alert and taking in the world. She is also talking (gooing) a lot more now which is great to see. She is sleeping well, with about two feeds during the night, we still can’t put her to bed during the day and she does seem to demand a lot of attention and stimulation; which is great.

Anyway better go, please don’t forget to check out the photos from Scotland. xox.

Out to Lunch

[photopress:IMG_0273.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Well, after a big weekend of being out to lunch on both Saturday and Sunday – Sunday night saw the entire Barker household in bed under the duvets by 10 past 8 ! Adults included! So, apologies for not updating Sunday night!

[photopress:IMG_0272_1.jpg,thumb,alignright]Marg and Geoff spent a great 10 days touring through Florence and Rome. Grazie Mille to David and Karim for taking care of them in Bella Roma!

Miss Lottie had a busy social week – with Baby group on Monday and Friday and making new friends at a new postnatal group on Tuesday. Her new playmates are Emily (7 weeks) Max (9 weeks) Henry (13 weeks) and William (also 9 weeks). Hi to their mums – Maria, Lorna, Janine and Vicky!

[photopress:img_0227.jpg,thumb,alignleft]We had a great weekend out and about with Marg and Geoff. We met up in Bibury with an old friend from Darwin – Lenore – for a lovely lunch.

Then Sunday saw us up at 630am – to head to Pat’s (Dave’s cousin) and to mass at Downside Abbey – where Pat’s son when to school. She had booked us into an amzing old manor house, [photopress:img_1891.jpg,thumb,alignright] Ston Easton Hotel. As we drove down the drive we all thought that we will need our bank manager to pay for the meal, out the front of the house was a Ferrari and Bentley which made us feel even more worried.

[photopress:img_0295.jpg,thumb,alignleft]But to our pleasant surprise they actually served a fantastic three course ‘luncheon’ for £23 a head! So with that we ordered and enjoyed the silver service with drinks in the drawing room and coffee’s in the lounge! All very posh – so Lottie was on her best behaviour! She wore a new pink dress and was a great hit with our fellow luncheon diners! We can highly recommend this for a Sunday lunch the food was amazing and with two rosettes and amazing service it is very hard to beat, especially for the price.

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Will keep this update short so till next week…. (actually, we head off to Scotland on Saturday – so will be the week after!) all our love to you all xxxxx

Dont forget to check out all of the photos

Busy 2 weeks

[photopress:img_0183.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Sorry about not updating last week to you all, our fellow Lottie fans! When you read about how bust we have been, you will forgive us we hope! Dave had his week of paternity leave the week before last and we did not stop at home for more then an hr or two a day!

Monday saw us taking Cath and Flip back to Bristol – thanks for a great weekend guys!

Tuesday had us driving up to Wolverhampton to pick up our new camper – or should we say portable home for 4 months! Our first towing on the motorway experience proved to be less nerve racking then we thought.

[photopress:img_0171.jpg,thumb,alignright]Then Wednesday, it was back to Bristol for our Lottie to have her tongue tie snipped. Sounds worse then it really was (thankfully!). A few minutes in an office with the lovely Rachel, a quick snip with a pair of scissors and onto the breast for a big drink. Feeding now, is so much more comfortable – the nipples have recovered and Lottie can take longer drinks without tiring so easily. She also loves showing off her new tongue! She is forever sticking it out and this week has started to smile.

[photopress:img_0140.jpg,thumb,alignleft]The arrival of Marg and Geoff (Dave’s parents) has been wonderful. The extra hands for cuddles, housework and excuses for visits to coffee shops has been fantastic! They have named themselves – G’Pa and Granny and at the moment are seeing the sights of Rome and Florence for a week.

[photopress:img_0156_1.jpg,thumb,alignright]We had a great lunch with many friends last Sunday for Dave’s birthday. (yes, he really is 32 now – getting on a bit isn’t he!!) A huge thanks to Carl and Vic, Terry and Alan. Scott and Ains, Dave and Anne and Marg and Geoff for celebrating with us at the Rising Sun. Credit to the staff and other patrons there as we were a huge table of 12 adults, three newborn babies and 2 toddlers – and we all ate and drank to our hearts content! [photopress:img_0158.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Poor old Charlotte, frocked up in her first dress bought by Granny – looked so sweet, but had terrible colic and spent the afternoon screaming or feeding! After a Thai meal at our favourite, The Vine on Monday night – we took Dave home for chocolate cake, complete with candles!

[photopress:img_0097.jpg,thumb,alignright]The rest of the week was spent out and about with Marg and Geoff. A visit to Bristol saw us walking across the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The weather was terrible and we battled rain and big winds – but it had to be done! We all walked across, and then back again to heat up with a coffee at the White Lion pub nearby.

[photopress:img_0149.jpg,thumb,alignleft]Our little girl is now getting bigger. She has shifted her hours of screaming from the 8pm till midnight , to the afternoon 1pm till 5pm timeslot! This is tricky at the time, but for the last 7 days, she has (touch wood!) gone to bed between 7 and 8 pm. She has a good feed, then goes into her cot still awake. We let her cry (checking on her at 10 minute intervals to ‘reassure her!’) and the most it has taken has been 40 minutes! She has learnt to ‘self soothe’! (Can you tell we have read a couple of books lately!) This then leads to … wait for it…… 7 to 10 hours before the next feed! Yep – you read correctly, it can be done – the earliest she has woken has been 330 am and the latest has been close to 7am! It has been absolutely brilliant – so hooray for our Lottie!

Goodness, what a lot of writing we have done, or even more – reading you have done! Till next week …… ciao for now Don’t forget to take a gander at our photos