It seems a long time ago now, but last weekend we were taking part in the Birmingham leg of the Team Honk Relay. We had a lot of fun and it was good to see our local bloggers even if it was only quite briefly. I think my favourite line of the day was from H, who said as we neared the ice rink, “Are those penguins the people we are supposed to be meeting?” They were.
This week was half term week so we had plenty of opportunities to get out and about. We spent a morning at Birmingham Botanical Gardens which is a regular school holiday venue for us. H enjoyed visiting his usual haunts: the playground, the birds, the fish. There was added excitement because a tree had come down in one of the playgrounds and there were tree surgeons there dealing with it. We explored the bonsai collection and H was interested to watch the men who were there maintaining the trees. A cake in the cafe finished our visit off nicely.
Wednesday saw us visiting London for the day. We spent the morning at the Florence Nightingale Museum because H is doing a project on her at school at the moment. Then we walked through London to Piccadilly to go to an event at Gamesys. We loved the cool reception area with its funky seating and goldfish bowls full of sweets. H really enjoyed seeing some of the sights of London as we walked around and he wants to go back soon to see some more.
Thursday was another day out, but this time we went to Ikea with friends. H’s friend’s little brother had requested a visit there and all three boys had a fabulous time. They spent an hour in Castle Keep having fun while the adults had a cuppa and a shop. Next up was lunch in the restaurant and then we moved onto the outdoor playground. I spent as much as I would on a normal day out, but that included my shopping.
Another day out with some more friends on Friday. This time we went to Sarehole Mill. It’s a working water-mill left behind from an earlier age in a Birmingham suburb. I’ve always meant to visit, but I never had until now. It’s got a connection to J.R.R. Tolkien, as he lived nearby as a child and used the mill and the surrounding area as inspiration for his writing. Here’s H pressing the doorbell at Bag End. Sadly though Bilbo Baggins didn’t come to the door.