Today I met up with friends (after a long and tortuous trip through the countryside getting lost at every turn and managing to make what should have been a very simple journey into a mega expedition!). Eventually I got there and had some brunch before we set off for a brief and drizzly walk.
We went to the fireworks at Legoland today to make the most of our annual passes as we won’t have them next year. The fireworks were good but not sure they were worth having to get there in the morning and spend 8 hours there beforehand (in order to be sure to get in). The children would have happily gone home 3 hours earlier if we weren’t waiting for the fireworks as they were cold and tired. So we left the park straight after fireworks (instead of waiting till the park shut which was what we had planned to do to avoid the traffic getting out). So we sat in our car in the parking space unable to move for 45 minutes – and it took nearly 2 hours before we made it to the road to come home!
Looking forward to next year and simply watching the local display.
Today we unpacked the goodies Dx and I bought on our special shopping trip the other week and decorated the house for Halloween. We only bought them at the £1 shop (everything costs £1) but the best ones for me were the little skeletons. 24 of them for £1 and we transformed our tree in the front garden into a Halloween tree. With the addition of some spider lights in the evening it looked great!
We also had a huge web in the window, a “Home Haunted Home” sign, a very realistic and horrible bat which “unforunately” soon got broken and a light up ghost and spider
And of course our magnificent pumpkins! (Note to self -buy some LED lights or a windbreak next year…)
Today we decoraed our first ever pumpkins. We have often been away for October half term so haven’t been around to carve pumpkins or do trick or treating (we have done trick or treat once before).
Today I had the pleasure of scooping goo out of four pumpkins. What a mess!!! I was quite naively shocked and I am afraid ours stayed quite “rustic” looking inside!
The two little ones drew on their design and the two older ones carved their own. By the end of it we knew far more about carving pumpkins than I did when I started…and we have four grinning orange fools (and four pumpkins!)
In the afternoon while the two older boys were at pantomime rehearsals, we went to Dx’s wonderful godmother Wendy’s house as she is fantastic with all things Halloween and I had asked her to help us decrate some cakes and make some decorations.
Not only were there cakes to decorate and decorations to make, there were games to play, “eyeball” treasure hunts to do, skeletons to reassemble and halloween music to dance to. Dx and Lx had a great time. (Because of the lighting being turned down for “atmosphere” I ended up using my speedlite. Luckily it is on my current “to learn” list so I had re-acquainted myself with the basics last week. IT made for better photos than bumping the ISO to 16000 but I still have a way to go to get photos I like as much as natural light – especially when they come out “flat looking” like the example below.)
There was a show featuring a wizard, the chance to decorate cookies with sweets, a LOT of playing in the playground (filming a “Movie trailer” for the older boys) and a walk round the lake discovering some dinosaurs on the way.
Lara particularly enjoyed looking after one of the little toddlers – and educating the other two little girls on what a spa is! It was lovely to see how the children all played together. And the day ended with a wonderful rainbow.
Local businesses and residents in a local village have made displays relating to different nursery rhymes. We bought a map of the trail for £1 and set off. It took us about 60-90 minutes to make it around about 12 of them.
Here are some of our favourites.
“Baa baa black sheep…” (loved the hand written sign and the writing on the bags of wool!)
Dr Foster went to Gloucester…(complete with some details on how it was done)(and great accessories)“Pussy Cat Pussy Cat where have you been…”“I frightened a little mouse under her chair…”Oh dear what can the matter be, three old ladies stuck in the lavatory…”
(even better – these old ladies were set up to talk to us!!)
“The Queen of hearts made some tarts…”
“Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet…”
I only managed this quick shot today while out walking with friends. I find it difficult to make them stop while I take photos (I am sure they would be fine about it but I feel conscious I am slowing them down…and keeping us all from the end of the walk where a pot of tea and cake awaits us in the cafe!)
Sx was in his element as one of the few experienced players on the school A team. Lovely to see him confident and enjoying it – to be honest enjoying it FAR more than he doesn on a Sunday when he hardly gets to touch the ball on such a strong team where he is positioned out on the wing.