Saturday was bbq day at a friend’s house in the Worcestershire countryside. Here’s H playing guitar in the garden. Saturday was perfect weather wise for a barbecue: sunny and pleasant to sit outside without being too hot. There were lots of children there and a big country garden for them all to run around in. The food was plentiful and good plus we had the chance to catch up with friends. Despite a longish drive to get there and back in a day, it felt very restful and relaxing.
We spent a day by the reservoir with friends. Here’s H cycling around the perimeter path on a friend’s bike. We’ve had some problems getting H going at riding a bike, but the flat path at the reservoir seemed to be a winner. I think the problem may have been too many hills, as he is a bit cautious on the downhills and a bit lazy on the uphills usually. Maybe if we build up some strength, stamina and confidence on the flat, we can look to progress to riding without stabilizers. The reservoir was full to overflowing and was literally spilling over the sides and running off to top up the canals (not sure they needed topping up though). Last time we went to the reservoir in late summer/autumn last year, it was the lowest I’d ever seen it and this time it was the highest.
This week has been picnic week. We were recently given a picnic set: it was a gift from our American relatives who came to stay the other week. We’ve been keen to try it out and H has been particularly keen. We had a lovely picnic out together (just H and I) in the countryside not far outside the city.
We went to an activity organised by the National Trust in the Clent hills this week. There was a trail to follow, a quiz to answer and activities to do based on their initiative. It was very hot and I wish I’d taken more than one bottle of water with us even though it was only a mile round the trail. H got to do a couple of activities from the 50 things booklet: balancing on tree trunks and climbing a tree. There are more chances to do activities each week so we may well go along another week.
Wednesday was a super busy day. A friend, who lives quite a long way away, was up visiting family and Wednesday was the only day we could meet up. We went to Coughton Court, a National Trust property, with the children. Much fun was to be had playing outside; watching the sheep being shorn; trying on hats; exploring the bog garden (very lush after all that rain); and finding elephants around the house. In the evening we went to see Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show courtesy of Disney themselves. After the show we had a meal out with friends.
Thursday was a little less hectic thankfully, as I think we were both quite tired and needed a change of pace. We met up with friends (our NCT antenatal group who we are still in regular contact with more than 5 years on) in the local park for much of the day. There was another picnic (think we had 4 this week altogether). The kids played with bikes and scooters, ran around and generally had a good time. When they were bored with that we went to the playground. The mummies spent much of the day under the shade of a large tree catching up.
This was the third week of our garden landscape work. It was originally supposed to take around 10 days, but the weather was against us for the first 2 weeks with all that rain. Then the rain stopped, but our landscaper had back problems. Wednesday saw them cracking on with it and by Friday afternoon the job was complete and the skip had gone. There’s lots to do still and we may get them back to do another smaller job if funds allow. Most of the remaining work will be done by us though and I’m looking forward to doing some garden planning. The area to either side of the path will be our main borders and we also plan to get a bench to sit out on and enjoy the flowers (the ones I am hoping to plant).