I’ve had a few weeks off. I tend to write this post on a Saturday morning and if life gets in the way of that, I usually double up the following week. This time though that happened twice, so you’ll have gathered I’ve been quite busy. H has had a 2 week half term, but the first week of this post was before that.
I had a busy week. I was trying to get everything done at home, on the blog, etc. before going away to Germany. As well as that I hosted the daughter of the people we were visiting in Germany for two of the days as she was over improving her English (which is already excellent). She’s a 15 year old girl that I’ve known since she was about 5 years old. I took her out to Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire one day (our easiest to get to National Trust country house) and we went to the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham another day. As you can see the dahlias were still out.
I had a day out to Warwick Castle with some friends that weekend which meant that I wasn’t around to do my usual 365 post. Then I had to rush around to get my post up before we went away as it was a press visit. It was nice to go with a group of adults for a change. I’ve been loads of times with H and with various friends with kids – it’s always a great day out. A bit different though to go round then end up with a pub meal and a pint.
Monday morning was the first proper day of half term and we celebrated by heading off to Germany at silly o’clock in the morning. We flew to Dusseldorf with all the suits (a flight full of men in suits, with only a handful of women and just the one child, H). A train from there to Bonn and we arrived at lunchtime. It was lovely to see our friends again (although the daughter was still in England until the next day). We spent the afternoon cycling down one side of the Rhine to Niederdollendorf and then got a ferry across and cycled back the other way and crossed again on a bridge. It was very scenic.
Tuesday saw us close to the river again and this time we climbed a hill above Königswinter and stopped at the top for lunch with fabulous views over the Rhine. It was like summer again and T shirts were enough for much of the day. On the way down we had a great game of hide and seek amongst the ruins of Heisterbach Abbey.
Wednesday wasn’t such a nice day, but we took a boat trip down the river and ended up visiting an island in the middle of the Rhein and seeing the local school children being ferried home from their school on another island.
On Thursday we headed back down the Rhine and then off up one of its tributaries, the Ahr. The views of the vineyards near Mayschoss were stunning and the sun was very warm.
Sadly on Friday we had to go back home and we did the train trip back to the airport. I’d forgotten how beautiful and interesting Germany is and I do want to go back again before too long.
Back home I had a weekend to myself as H was with his Dad. I went out with a friend and had a lovely time. Then I was plunged back into half term activities with H for a couple of days. I’d arranged a few social things meeting up with friends, but after that he just wanted to chill. There were some minor moans about doing too much exercise (bike rides and walking) and having had to be social for days on end in Germany and when we got back. I think he had a good time though, but I can understand the need for a little down time – I needed some too.