This week has been half term for us and as usual I’ve packed it all in and I’m feeling rather tired now. We started off the week with a quietish weekend at home. The only event out of the ordinary was going to the soft play birthday party of one of H’s classmates. After a couple of days to catch our breath, we set off on a hectic pace of events trying to cram as much in as possible as usual.
I was a bit concerned about the storm forecast for Sunday night/Monday morning, but my gut feel was that it wasn’t going to affect the Midlands. So I decided to plough on with our plans and hope that the storm passed south of us. At 6.30 on Monday morning we were sat on a train taking us towards the Welsh coast. The trip had been arranged weeks ago and H was really looking forward to seeing his friends, so we went. Everything went to plan and there were no delays and almost no wind, but plenty of rain during our journey.
We had a lovely day at the seaside with our friends and the rain held off while we were there, so we could play on the beach and pick up some doughnuts to eat outside. It was a long day and a long journey home in the dark. We nearly missed our stop on the way home because I didn’t realise that the train had stopped and we only got off in time because H pointed out we were at our station. The next day was a bit slower paced and we had a leisurely morning at home before heading off to see H’s grandparents in the afternoon.
We all spent the night there. For the first time H slept in a different room to us as he’s now too big for the little bed that he’s been using there up until now. The next day we left H behind and set off on the train for a child free break in Durham. A few months ago I’d been lucky enough to win a couple of nights in a boutique hotel in the city, so this was our chance to take advantage of this and see a little of Durham. We had a pleasant day shopping, wandering around and having an afternoon pint in a local pub before having a lovely dinner at our hotel.
The next day we had another day exploring Durham with the botanical gardens and the oriental museum in our sights. Then on Friday we headed back by train. H came to meet us at the train station. While we were away he’d gone to the Space Centre in Leicester and spent a day visiting his cousin in rural Leicestershire. Our week wasn’t over when we got home either because we were expecting overnight guests. Becky (from Lakes Single Mum) and her children were visiting us on their way back home after their holidays. It was lovely to reunite H with her children as they got to know each other in France earlier this year when we happened to be on holiday in the same place at the same time.