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April 9, 2011

Jamaica, diving and dolphins

We got back from Jamaica on Wednesday, after ten days of deeply relaxing holiday at the small resort of Ochos Rios on the north of the island. There's good diving along this coast, including a great wreck drive (the Katherine, a World War 2 minesweeper) leading to caverns with narrow swim-throughs and wonderful fish life. And being Sandals, the diving is included in the all-inclusive, which seems almost too good to be true. It seemed a great luxury to have breakfast served on our enormous balcony before going for my first dive:

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We enjoyed some fine sunsets and evening strolls:

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Keir mostly spent his time reading heavy non-fiction tomes, but went out on a couple of excursions. To my surprise, he agreed to visit nearby Dolphin Cove, where you can touch and swim with these lovely, intelligent mammals. Since Keir hasn't ventured into water outside a bathroom in 15 years, to my enormous delight not only did he swim, but he also enjoyed the experience. Here is the Jamaican dolphin with her Cuban friend giving him a tow through the water:

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And here's a view of the dolphin kiss: yep, it's commercial with shades of circus but the animals are well cared for, trained by reward and extremely engaging. We loved it!

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April 29, 2011

An update on Amy

I'm long overdue to post a catchup on Amy's progress: having let my blog lapse recently, there's otherwise a danger she'll be a teenager before I get around to it.

Her early entry to school last August seems to be working out fine. She is progressing with numbers, reading and – all-important – socialising. Despite being only four and a half, last November she won Mrs Kennedy's Headteacher's Prize for writing her own sentences:

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Helen organised a fifth birthday party for her at the soft play centre at Springkerse on 5 March, which seems to have been a huge success, with lots of friends, and wonderful face-painting:

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The next afternoon I took the whole family to Mamma Mia (Amy's favourite show) in Glasgow. We had managed to keep it a surprise, but Helen nimbly managed to capture her expression when she'd just discovered the posters outside SECC:

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And although to my great regret she dropped out of Little Tigers, I'm delighted that she has persevered with the Lazytown Fit Club and today earned her Level-3 trophy. To me, she already looks noticeably older even than in March:

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