We were invited to spend New Year's Day with David's cousin Deana in Kent. This was great for Charles, because this entailed lots of playing with their three year old, Harry. And great for David, because he could talk aeroplanes with his father's cousin, also Harry. Sadly Ivy was working so couldn't join us.
James was until last Autumn at the same nursery school as Charles. He is now at the `proper' primary school, but very kindly invited Charles to his fifth birthday party. There were lots of jolly party games, an entertainer, and fun with a parachute!
A late February excursion
Ely is so named after the vast numbers of eels which used to be caught there in ancient times. Elvers still come up the river Ouse to mature before returning to their breeding grounds in the Sargasso sea. Ely stands on slightly higher ground than the surrounding area, most of which is barely sea level. Until the seventeenth century, most of this area was flooded for half the year, making it a rich haven for wildlife. The `fens', as this country is known, were progressively drained from then on, with much assistance from Dutch engineers who had experience of making Holland out of what was previously sea. The Cathedral is still known as the `Ship of the Fens', and can be seen for many miles in any direction.