Sawyer and the witches house 

As part of my job I drive up Pendle Hill, home of the famous Pendle witches. Along the way there is a small barn, abandoned by time, half destroyed. One day I had Sawyer in the car with me, he was ill so had to be off school. As we passed the house I told him what it was. He asked if we could get out,  hike to it and have a look around.

Thinking about it, it seemed like the perfect mini adventure. So I pulled over in the nearest lay-by and we started off to the house. Immediately he excitedly repeated that he “never thought I’d let him go really”. 

We climbed up a hill and over a wall. We could see down the fields the house. Before we could get there though we had to go down the steep slope, traversing the boggy marshland. 

As we walked I explained to Sawyer why there was reeds growing out of the ground sometimes walking in single file so I could test the ground in front. And we spoke of the witches and what happened to them. As we got closer we were more isolated and suddenly the adventure had a haunted feel about it. 

When we arrived at the house we found the roof had fully collapsed and lay inside all bent and broken. We explored the building, trying to work out where the witch would keep her things. Under part of the roof we even found some bones. I told Sawyer they might be from one of the witches victims, but they were probably from a poor sheep, strayed to far from its flock. 

After a while we made our way back up the hill, which seemed wetter this time around. All in all it was an hour out of the day but it was such a good adventure and lovely bit of exercise. It was priceless for him repeating the story to Mrs Berg at teatime still saying “I never thought he’d let me go”



Cinema Visit – Batman vs Superman

I used to love watching movies with my Dad when I was little. We woul sit and watch films and TV shows all the time and it is something in my childhood that I always cherish.


One of our favourite films when I was little was Superman. This is the 1978 version with Christopher Reeve and it has always been my benchmark for all the other Supermans to come. Understandably when Man of Steel came out once again me and Dad made our way to the cinema. I wasn’t sure if Dad would accept it, I’m still not sure if he had fully, but we were in awe of the darker effects filled version of our favourite character. 

Since then my son, and oldest daughter, has grown up to an age where they can watch the superhero genre. Jealously I stand by as they are spoiled with amazing films such as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers. I noticed the quality of programming that is available to the children of today. 

Realistically I’m not at all jealous, like my Dad I am still young enough to also enjoy these quality films, but I also have the privilege of the older versions of these beloved characters. 

So we sat there in awe, me, my Dad, my oldest Son and Daughter. The effects were spectacular, the plot was engaging, the Easter eggs and set ups for the next movies were rewarding. I won’t tell you anymore than that, I’m not a spoiler, not since I deduced who Bruce Willis’ character really was in Sixth sense and my friend told me off for telling him. But I will tell you it is an awesome film and well worth a watch.

On the way home my kids were talking about the movie, there favourite bits, did they enjoy it etc. They told me that it was miles better than that Hulk programme I made them watch. Laughing they remarked there films were better now than then.

Where as I can’t argue too much on that point it made me realise that I needn’t be jealous at all. I could watch their new versions, but it would be more difficult to get my kids to understand how good Lou Ferrignos Hulk was, or Micheal Keaton’s Batman.

 I can only hope that their appreciation will come in time with age. We finished our discussion with an interesting thought. What will their kids movies be like when they are my age? We think that movies now can’t get much better but they have done and they will. What will the next generation of superheroes look like. For now I’m enjoying the ones we have right now. They are awesome.