So after all the preparation (clearing out the dumping ground that was the spare bedroom), our guests finally arrived. Our friends came over to visit us from Germany. They had lived near us for 6 months a couple of years ago and we went to Bonn to visit them after their return home. Since then we’ve kept in touch, but hadn’t seen them. So it was lovely for them to stay with us for a few days and to meet their youngest child for the first time.
When they lived in Birmingham a few years ago, we took them out to quite a few places to see something of the Midlands. They had no car, so they had been limited to what they could reach by public transport
so we took them out to some places out in the countryside that were not so easy to get to by bus or train. This time it wasn’t so easy as there were more of them and our car wasn’t big enough, so we all had to go out by public transport. It made it a bit of an adventure. H does quite often travel on buses and trains, but he always loves it and it was even better with friends along for the ride.
We spent a day exploring Worcester: the first picture is taken at Greyfriars House where they have a fun room for children with dressing up costumes and art materials. We also explored Worcester Cathedral and the Tudor House there. It was a fun day out and H was asking to come back before we had even left.
Another day out was to the Black Country Living Museum. It’s a chance to see how people used to live in the area from Victorian times to about the 1930’s. We went on a canal trip, went to an old school house, wandered round the shops and had some wonderful fish and chips (cooked in beef dripping). There was lots to see and we didn’t get it all done. A highlight for me was having a go at ‘legging’ where you push the barge through a tunnel with your legs. H enjoyed the sweet shop. The old school was a popular one with all the party and the little girl with us loved meeting the characters in the houses and hearing their stories about their lives. We’ll be visiting again as we can use our tickets all year and we didn’t manage to do everything we wanted to do in the time. This week’s Saturday is Caption Day picture was taken in the 1930’s fun fair at the museum.
We were sad to see our German visitors leave for the next part of their trip and the house felt strangely quiet without them. The rest of the week consisted of trying to fit in a week’s worth of stuff into just a few days. I help organise our local NCT (National Childbirth Trust) Nearly New Sale and this was the crucial week for that work. I was also getting ready to sell some stuff at the sale and was busy sorting and labelling it all.
It wouldn’t be a school week without a picture or two from the school run through our local park. H is starting to get tired after nearly half a term in Year 1 and I think he’ll be glad of the half term break in a week or so. That said he still seems to have enough energy to run to and from school.