On Saturday we went out for a meal in the city centre as we’d been asked to review Carluccios in Grand Central. We have done quite a few family restaurant reviews lately and H loves doing them. Our sharing platter at Carluccios was stunning to look at and tasted great. Of course, we had to visit one or two shops of H’s choosing while we were in Birmingham: toy shops are always popular, but lately he has been getting into what his dad calls ‘geek shops’ too. ‘Geek shops’ tend to sell comics, collectibles and things like Pokemon cards, all of which H is interested in studying close up in a shop (despite the fact he’ll have already looked at them online).
On Sunday we had the garden all decked out for a picnic to enjoy a little fleeting summer sun.
Monday was a busy day for H and for me. First he was performing in a strings concert at school and then in the afternoon it was sports day. This year his school did a different thing where the children rotated round 7 events. I think it worked quite well because they were all doing something all the time, but they didn’t have to perform in front of a big crowd. It was easy for me as a parent of an only child to walk round and follow him, but I don’t know what you would do with two or more children.
H has been taking some pictures of the cats to enter into the pet show at the school fete. He was hoping to get a really cute one. Not sure if this is it though as Bracken seems to be winking or half asleep or maybe both.
This time of year I try to catch up on things in the garden when the Tour de France highlights are showing. H and his dad watch them together. While they do that I go and do some gardening. It does make quite a difference to the garden as the weeds are usually under control at the end of it and the vegetable patch looks orderly. I’ve been taking some pictures too including this allium bud and this hollyhock flower.
As well as that H and I went along to a school open day (another secondary). This time it was during the school day which was interesting in one way, but makes it more difficult in others. I think probably the best thing is to go to both an open day and an open evening to see the school operating as normal and to get a chance to talk to the staff more in the evening. H was very keen on this school – I think it might have been something to do with all the school trips the head mentioned. I can see it being an expensive experience.
Week 27 9th July 2016