After our week in Wales, H and I got back and were pretty much straight into a weekend in Oxford visiting friends with Mr 92three30. They have a large garden which provided the perfect excuse for lots of running around games, including nerf gun wars, to build up an appetite for dinner. Luckily the rain held off long enough for the barbecue to do it stuff and there were burgers, sausages and corn on the cob a plenty. The children had a go on their own fire too and did a pretty good job of cooking some sausages. Sadly the rain came down before pudding and the adults ate some gorgeous cake with dessert wine, sitting in the tent that they had set up in the back garden.
On Sunday the weather wasn’t great so a museum morning seemed to be the thing to do. A lot of Oxford had the same idea and the National History Museum and the Pitt-Rivers Museum were both quite busy. If you’ve never been to either they are both worth a visit. The Pitt-Rivers is a little boy’s dream with whole cases of clubs, spears and knives to discuss and pick out your favourite one. I was intrigued by the various animal traps including one for cockroaches (why would you want to catch one?).
After a lovely lunch we headed home for a fairly quiet week. We had something on everyday, but most days it was something close to home that only lasted for an hour or two. So H spent two days going to the free golf classes at our local course; a session at the tennis club; a Mythical Maze session at the local library; and a National Trust 50 things to do session. The library activity involved meeting a lot of animals that could be an inspiration for mythical creatures. H got to handle snakes, skinks and hissing cockroaches. With the National Trust H got to cook on a campfire for the second time in a week, so he’s well and truly earned that sticker in his record book now.
Thursday saw us at a blogging event at the National Forest Adventure Farm near Burton-on-Trent. This was a lot of fun. We got to meet some blogging families that we hadn’t met before, as well as some that we had. H was very keen to try out the maize maze (based on Julia Donaldson’s new book The Scarecrow’s Wedding), the crazy golf (show off those new skills) and water splash out (I was glad I’d brought a change of clothes). I think the highlight for H though was taking part in an actual Guinness world record attempt for the world’s largest display of scarecrows. That was this week’s magic moment.