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11:48pm Monday, 23rd June 2008

well, cole has badgered and felt the burn, hit the wall and lots of other endurance type speak after the mile stroll around the meadows at work – the weather was lovely and had good companionship as well as raised a fair few quid for the badgers. thanks everyone who chipped in for a good cause.

it has been a fun couple of weeks in the henley household where, as usual, it feels like we haven’t stood still. last weekend we hit linlithgow fair where a very tired and grumpy gethin wasn’t at all impressed by the police car and fire engine (though daddy was – quite glad to report have never been in a police car before).

it was a packed weekend of outdoor activities with sunday seeing us head into edinburgh for the treefest, a weekend-long festival at Inverleith park celebrating trees, wood and sustainable living.

It reminded Cole of the peace festival that his parents used to organise back in Leamington many moons ago. A lovely atmosphere for all ages, although there were a few too many trustafarians for my liking. Gethin was utterly transfixed by the age old Scottish pursuit of axe throwing, much more than by the hippy drumming or wood craft, plus proved an able climber and clamberer at the play park, although he had to contend with plenty of feral children clambering over the swings and slides with scant regard for the toddlers that were using them.

elsewhere we have just enjoyed a lovely weekend with the elmores up visiting. Peta’s folks and brother arrived on friday and the weather just about held for cole to take charge of his first ever bbq. the sausages were a bit black but good tucker and a few beverages was had by all

on saturday we had a lazy day as moomin and gramps headed off to glasgow for a wedding, so the henleys and martin headed into lintlithgow for a spot of coffee and cake, some goodies for an evenings fancy dress (more of that later) and catching the tail end of the linlithgow marches (consisting of a mdf castle in the palace grounds). denise popped over from edinburgh to babysit bairn whilst cole, peta and marting headed off to edinburgh for an evening’s fancy dress to honour friend shelley’s 30th birthday. cole donned a top hat and some finely cultivated whiskers as daniel day lewis in gangs of new york. p hit the mak-up and retro garb as andy warhol’s muse, edie sedgwick and martin wore a toilet seat and book as lou reed (boom boom).

we had a great night and it was lovely to go out together – something we have only done a couple of times since gethin was born. sunday was quite slow and we headed off into livingston for lunch and bowling at deer park. gethin took to his first time bowling admirably, getting a full strike on his second ever go (allbeit with a bowling aid) before being distracted (and completely transfixed) by the outrun 2 arcade game there. we headed back and settled down to watch a film (whilst cole hit the headphones to listen to the spain quarter final).

gethin has been quite introverted and clingy lately but he is coming on in leaps and bounds with ever hilarious comentary and Gethinisms. this evening i asked “son, who is your favourite person in the whole wide world?”. His reply, excitedly: “Me!”