Summer Holidays

It’s been ages since we added anything, so here’s a general round up of events of the last month or so.

Cindy is off treatment and is generally feeling fine – she’s got a cold at the moment, so is rather breathless, but it should go soon.

Edward has finished at Wheldrake, to his great relief! The last few weeks dragged like anything. Now he’s starting to get ready for his new job.

The children are enjoying the start of the holiday.

In late June we had a fantastic party at Lance and Mary’s. It was on a Sunday afternoon, we had about 100 guests, Cindy had done lots of wonderful food and everyone drank quite a lot. Perhaps it should become an annual event.

Day out at the ‘Earth Centre’

Biked to the railway station this morning to catch the train to Connisborough just one stop down the line from Doncaster. We had to amuse ourselves for ha;f an hour waiting for the connection. Toby and Rose found the luggage trolly a good way to pass the time and then Toby decided that we should break into the packed lunch. The Earth Centre was relatively quiet for a bank holiday and we set off with our map to make the most of the full £10 package. Simulator first followed by the climbing wall . Toby, John and Rose made good work of this and then after a change of harness ascended the tower to leap offf on the zip wire. It looked massively tall and John assured me it looked a very long way down when you’re standing on the platform. Pirates adventure playground followed by the laser storm at which point Edward and I decided to abandon them and discover the cafe for a drink. Onto mini golf, Toby won, and archery which was at the furthest end of the centre and very chilly so I set offf for the sub tropical clime of the sewage processing greenhouse. More climbing wall, zip wire and laser storm and then onto Amazon adventure finishing off with the simulator. Another half hour wait at Doncaster causing a few moans that you didn’t have to wait if you came by car. Everybody very tired, but managed to cycle home. All the children are really good at cycling now and Rose is getting more road confident. We all had a great day and Toby even had a bit of energy left to play an hours’ tennis with Luke Holman.

Back to School

Well it’s Thursday and we’ve all been back at school since Monday. The children seem to have all settled back in well and are enjoying themselves. Toby did very well in maths and science tests at the start of the week – thanks to all the revision he managed to do in the last week of the holiday. John and Rose have both signed up to go on an orienteering and a cross-country afternoon. John has been saying since he saw the Great North Run on Blue Peter last year that he wants to do a run and now’s his chance. Edward is also back at school – only two weeks one day to go before Y6 STAs start – arrgh.

Cindy expended so much energy during the holiday; particularly during the last weekend, when we went to two things on Saturday and spent the whole day out on Sunday; that she was absolutely wiped out. We actually got the GP out on Sunday night in case she had an infection, but she doesn’t. She spent most of the day on Monday sleeping, slept all Tuesday afternoon dozing and had a very quiet Wednesday too. She is gradually recovering though – in fact she should be just about back to normal when it’ll be time to go back into hospital for her next treatment next week!

I’m just finishing next week’s planning at school and then I will go home. It’s a lovely afternoon, and I’m looking forward to going down to the park with the children.

Cat in the Hat

Today I took John and Rose to see the ‘Cat In The Hat’ very medicore and given only 5 out of 10 by John. It has been a lovely day and we have all spent the day generally settling back home after our time in the Dales. Toby has a job trial doing a paper round and Edward has continued with completing job applications.

Arkengarthdale at Easter

We’ve just been to Arkengarthdale (in Swaledale – Yorkshire Dales) with David and Anita, friends from Meeting, and their two children – Jordan and Mimi.

We had an excellent time roaming on the moors, playing games (Great Game of Britain and Perudo), bird watching, stream damming and – particularly in the case of the boys – staying up very late.

Jordan and Mimi are strict vegetarians, but David and Anita seemed to enjoy having a sausage and a little bit of bacon!

The children did an Easter Egg hunt and had a large amount of chocolate each.