Six Flags Great Escape

Day two of our Lake George adventure had us visiting Six Flags Great Escape.

This time, it was William’s turn to have a blast. While Tristan, Cary and Mary Kate seemed to enjoy themselves, William was simply joyous.

He road a boat, flew a plane, jumped on a motorcycle, road a train, screamed on a rollercoaster and drove a Corvette. Each time with a smile a mile wide. We are going to have to be careful. It looks like we have a daredevil on our hands.

At the end, they had so much fun, they had to call someone to tell about it!

Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine came to Lake George this year…and so did we! Together with Tristan’s friend Cary (and both families), we all treked to upstate New York for a ride on the famously Useful Engine.

Tristan was concerned that the whistle would blow at any moment and remained cautious throughout the trip:

Otherwise, Tristan was literally glued to the window…

After the ride, Tristan, William, Cary and the crew enjoyed some other amusements, including a bouncy castle…and Thomas related shopping. With lunch conlcuded, we stopped back at the train station to see there phenomincal model train recreation of the local area. Again, Tristan was glued to the window…

Cary’s mom provided the weekend accomodations, thanks to a generous relative with a log cabin in the area. It was cozy with 5 adults and 4 kids…and one bathroom…but the kids had a blast trying our the new “bridge expansion set” from their Day with Thomas adventure.

Pond Redux

There have been a lot of projects around Stately Payne Manor recently. First, the winter freeze cycles destroyed our front steps and they were repaired by a quite impressive stone mason. Then the gutters needed to be replaced. This week, work continued on the back deck, replacing the rotted surface. And we had the pond repaired. Quite a bit of activity!

The pond needed help. Over the winter, many of the stones that defined the perimiter of the pond decided they would prefer to be in the pond. Additionally, a persistent leak in the ponds liner needed to be fixed. And finally, some of the plants surrounding the pond had given up the ghost.

While we were at it, we added a waterfall and stream to the pond, at the same time upgrading the filtering system. There are even lights!

At least one frog has come back to enjoy the pond (he has set up house inside the new skimmer). Hopefully more will decide to make this their home. Tristan would be quite happy to hear that. And you can actually see the fish now. Yes, there are actually fish in our Koi pond. We weren’t quite sure about that until the water cleared up.