It’s gone a little quiet, over here, at the blog. It is unintentional.
School’s out in the UK and I now schedule school holidays to ensure that the time is used well.
This can mean blogging goes on the back-burner. I never actually consciously decide that. It just happens. However, after reading today’s post over at The Frugal Girl, and really enjoying it, I felt inspired to leave the offspring to their own devices and hit the keyboard.
The weather has turned out nice this week (as is the very British saying). Cold but dry. This has been a huge bonus, as much of what I had planned was outdoors.
Saturday consisted of a day at Wonderland. Made all the better by the total spend amounting to the fuel-cost to get there and back. I had some free-passes and packed a lunch. The kids never tire of going. That’s the thing with Kids (well my Kids anyway) – they enjoy going back to the same place, time and time again.
This is a good thing, as once again we used our annual family pass to visit Blists Hill. Not an advocate of paying in advance for services usually, this is one pre-purchase that I don’t regret. Visiting the Victorian town never loses it’s appeal. From the time the Kids change their pocket-money into old pennies at the bank, until it’s all spent (usually I have to top up so they can finish off with some candle dipping), they remain enthusiastic and enthralled.
(Not sure the Victorian’s had plastic lifebuoys?)
A new adventure, however, has been embarked upon this week. It hasn’t been all repeat visits. We are just back from a much-anticipated bus-ride into town, to explore the new art gallery.
The rare bus-ride won’t be repeated, but the art gallery will. Not prepared I had to ask the bus driver how much an adult and 2 children would be for the 6-mile journey. His reply was almost £6 one-way. In the end I opted for a family day-saver at £10 for multiple trips. I am now reminded why I use the car!
The gallery was great. Free admission and lot’s to see. Galleries have changed a lot since I was a child, they are much more interesting. Not an oil-painting or landscapes to speak of. There was a family workshop running and we came home with our own piece of art – now proudly hanging on the wall.
There’s still more to do, friends are coming to play and there’s a train ride planned into the big city.
I think the Kids are enjoying their time out of school! As am I!
…although I’m now kind of back at school myself, I didn’t get a week off for half term. It was definitely about time I started to learn how to decorate cakes properly rather than making it up as I go along.
The above cheeky chappy took me the whole of a 2-hour class. Oh yes, you’d be surprised how long I can take to mould a 3″ high sugarpaste cat! 🙂 And I was surprised how much patience I can have when I try!
How’s your week going? I’d love to hear!