Devon Air Ambulance Taking Off From Derriford Hospital

I was having a walk during my lunch break last November (2014) and happened to perfectly time walking past the Devon Air Ambulance ready to take off from Derriford Hospital. So I got my phone out and waited and filmed the lift off. You may not be able to tell much from the video, but I was struggling to stand at some points as the wind from the helicopter nearly blew me over!

Pirates At The Barbican

Yesterday we went up to the Barbican in Plymouth to visit the Pirate Ship and the Pirates that were taking over the Barbican for the weekend.  We got there pretty early but it was still very busy – probably because it was a gorgeous day (apart from the cool wind!).  Ben, Aaron and I went on to the Pirate Ship, which was called the ‘Bessie Ellen’, and had a good look around.  We also bumped into Jacko Sparrow (heehee) and many other Pirates, before taking a walk along the front of the Barbican and down through The Hoe to West Park where the boys had a quick play in the park, a ride on the trains and an ice cream.  We then took a stroll back over to the Barbican again to see the Pirates, before having a nice cold drink in the Bacara bar.

It was absolutely packed out up there with people dressed as Pirates and the actual Pirates that were there for the weekend.  We had a great time and enjoyed the day, even though Ben wouldn’t have his picture taken with Jacko Sparrow (he said he was too scared!).  We would recommend visiting next year when they are back, as we will certainly go and see them again, but we will have to remember to wear plenty of sun tan lotion for Pirate weekend in 2014!

Here are some photographs that I took of Jacko Sparrow and his Pirate crew.

Bantham with Ben

During the last fine weather we had (which was a few weeks ago now!) we took Ben to the beach for the first time (properly, not just for a walk) and he seemed to enjoy it.  He did find the sea a little cold but was ok until he fell in!  He then had a go on my bodyboard and was enjoying that until, again, he decided to roll off into the cold water.  Let’s just say there was a bit of crying involved! ;0) We had bought a tent for him to stay in to keep the sun off him and it was great, he even fell asleep in it for his afternoon nap.  We were a little surprised at this as it is usually a struggle to make him sleep anywhere but at home.

Kelly and I enjoyed the day at Bantham Bay as well, as we hadn’t been to the beach for over 2 years (2 years ago the Summer was terrible, and last year she was heavily pregnant) so it was great to finally feel the sand between your toes on a hot day (even though it was a bit drizzly and cold to start with!).

I went on my bodyboard for the first time in years and enjoyed it a lot, even though I was struggling to catch any waves.  I don’t think it was me though, as others seemed to be struggling as well!  The water was cold when I first got in (no wetsuit) but I aclimatised to it after a few minutes, and had some fun.  Looking forward to doing it again, although my ankle did ache a bit after all the paddling.

To end the day we had a BBQ at home which was very nice, and a few cans were downed as well! ;0)

Here are a few photos from the beach. Enjoy!