Saturday being Mikeys 6th birthday we spent the day opening presents eating cake and making up Lego.
Sunday we headed out with the cousins to Elvaston Castle.
We had a lovely day riding our bikes around the grounds, Elvaston Castle is a beautiful place. Keeping all 7 children entertained was somewhat of a challenge with only 5 bikes, which meant someone always was left behind!
But we managed to have a lovely day filled with ice cream and kite flying.
Then on Monday we headed for a walk down the river.
We had so much fun skimming stones, and paddling in the water.
Their is a lovely shallow weir too which the children thought was great being able to slide down the flowing water.
But then the fun ended as I dropped my faithful little camera into the water as I reached out to grab Chloe as she swooshed passed to prevent her going into the deeper river section.
We dried ourselves and headed back to the park for a bit leaving my camera to dry out in the sun.
When we got home I tried the memory card in the card reader of my computer but it didn't read, I was gutted that I might have lost the photos and had little faith in the camera suddenly springing back to life.
My friends on facebook suggested leaving the camera and memory card in a bowl of rice for a few days, which I did. Thankfully this morning the memory card is working again, the camera however is still not coming on at all.
Being without a camera is like loosing my left arm! The camera I dropped was a little Olympus point and shoot camera which I got a couple of years ago for my birthday, it is a lovely little camera and I get some cracking photos on it, but I had been debating getting another camera for a while anyway.
So yesterday I looked through the offers in Argos and decided to treat myself to the Nikon CoolPix L810 Bridge camera.
Here are a few photos I have taken so far just testing it out.