Last Saturday I celebrated my birthday. My birthday was actually Wednesday and I had planned to go out this weekend instead, but I changed my plans. The reason I changed my plans will become obvious towards the end of this post. We went out for a meal, at a country dining pub, with a group of old friends and had a lovely time. I’d arranged for Henry to sleep over at his friend’s house, so we didn’t have to hurry back to relieve a babysitter. It was a lovely evening, but I wimped out at 11.30 (my husband didn’t return till after 1am). I did take a few pictures of the night out, but none really seemed good enough or summed up the night, so I showing you a picture of Henry that I took on his way to his sleepover.
Sunday saw us at Gardener’s World Live/The Good Food Show. We last went 2 years ago when I won some tickets. This year I was lucky enough to win again so off we went. Going with a child makes for a different experience to browsing as an adult. We concentrated on the gardening stands as they seemed more geared up for children generally. There were quite a few nature conservation/plant society type stands that were keen to engage with children. Here is H doing a little pond dipping.
On Monday H had a Teacher Training Day so we had a blissful day out away from school holiday crowds. We met up with some friends: a mum with a slightly younger than H, still preschool, child. Together we went to a local National Trust house, where we have been many times before. H loves the playground there and the outdoor chess set. We wandered around the grounds and visited the walled kitchen garden. Whilst we were there we ended up buying some dill for cooking our dinner; some plants for the garden; and a lovely picture to go on the wall. All our purchases were very reasonably priced and look lovely in the house and garden.
Tuesday saw H back at school and the weather improving. I love this picture of Henry running home from school – he looks so carefree and happy.
Wednesday was my birthday. It was a strange sort of day as I was on my own at home during the day. I guess this is the first year for ages that my husband hasn’t had time off (because he had half term instead) and H has always been there (but now he’s at school). It was a glorious day and I spent it tidying up the front garden, plus we had a new carpet fitted. Hard work gardening, but nice to be outside in the sun. In the evening we had a few emergencies to deal with so it wasn’t the relaxing birthday day I’d have liked.
In contrast, Thursday was a much more relaxed day and I did manage some time off: yoga class (just the thing following the previous day’s gardening). It was nice to look at our newly decorated study today and imagine how it would look with all the furniture, a new blind and some pictures.
Friday saw a change of pace again. The other week I found out that I had been lucky enough to win tickets to Brit Mums Live. So Friday saw me heading down to London for the start. I’m planning a separate post to tell you about my trip, but suffice it to say that it was a very enjoyable and worthwhile trip and a great end to my birthday week.