Lucy’s Diary 24/08/2016


On Sunday we headed to Rufford Park. It costs £3.00 per car to visit.

Mollie let off some energy in the woods surrounding the site.

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After walking through the woods we wandered around the lake. Rufford was busier than we had seen it in a long time.

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Near Rufford Mill there are always loads of ducks and gulls which you can feed using seed purchased from the shop in the mill.

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Loved the color of the flowers below.

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The last few times we have been to Rufford there has been falconry but today we caught the display so I had a go at taking some photo’s. Unfortunately the bird (Casper) blended in with the scenery making it more spot the bird (which happens to be good if you want to catch little mice!).

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There is a children’s play area and formal gardens that you are not allowed to take dogs in but we were allowed in this one, you can see Rufford Abbey poking between the trees.

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Below is part of what is left of Rufford Abbey. All the Abbey’s here in England were destroyed in Henry VIII’s reign. You can look around the ruins and information is available about the Monks that used to live there and about the dissolution of the monastries.

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As usual we also made time for tea and cake, I had a cornflake cake which made me think of primary school : )

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child


Review of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

About the authors according to the book

J.K Rowling is the author of the seven Harry Potter novels; three companion books originally published for charity; The casual vacancy, a novel for adults; and under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, the Cormoran Strike crime series.

Jack Thorne writes for theatre, film, television and radio. His theatre credits include Hope and Let the Right One In, among many others.

John Tiffany has won multiple awards for his directing work both in the West End and on Broadway. His work includes Once, The Glass Menagerie, Macbeth, The Bacchae, Let The Right One In and Black Watch.

Blurb on the back

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

Good bits about this book

If you love Harry Potter like me then having much loved characters revived is always exciting. My favorite character by far was Scorpius Malfoy.

Bad bits about this book

It is not Harry Potter. All the characters are there but there is no magic. You can tell J.K Rowling didn’t write this book alone because all the little background details such as tables running and bookcases moving etc were not there.The only part of the book where I thought this is a Harry Potter book was the book case scene in Hermoine’s office.

As to the characters I felt Snape didn’t sound like Snape or Draco like Draco in the previous books and I really didn’t like grown up Harry or his son Albus.

My rating

Obviously this book is written as a play so is in a completely different format to the other Harry Potter books even though the advertising make a big dance about this being the eighth book in the series. The play has had rave reviews on the West End so maybe it is a case of having to see the book performed.

Even so I only give it a slightly disappointing 3 out of 5 stars.

Lucy’s Diary 19/08/2016


On Sunday we went to Clumber Park. It is part of the National Trust which we are members of so that meant we got in for free. (the link below will tell you more information about the Trust).

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

The National Trust are not very dog friendly considering it is all country side but Clumber Park is better than most. There still is about one dog bin in the whole place but they actually have indoor seating at the cafe where you can take your dogs.

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As usual we walked around the lake which is what most people do but there are also lots of other walks across the fields and woods.

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It was a typical British summer day, sunshine and clouds!

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You can ride bikes around the lake to although where they can go isn’t always the same as where people can go.

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The green algae smelled pretty bad and made a sort of green beach. we have never seen it before here to this extent, must be the weather!

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Lots of trees for Mollie to run around in.

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The photo below is looking over at the center. There is a cafe, shops including a second hand book shop : ) but it was closed so I couldn’t get any books : (

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I do really like it here as it looks beautiful in all weather, defiantly think we need to come here more often.

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And finally here is a pic of me with my trusty camera at Clumber Park taken by hubby.