A weekend off…

I have a bit of time to myself this weekend. Jo and Leo are visiting Nana Lesley and Grandad Alan in Wigan. The older two are away this weekend too. I’m not quite sure what to do!

I could go out with my pals, have a curry and a few pints. Or stay in all day, in my pjs and play on the playstation. I could watch films on TV that Jo hates- anything sci-fi. I can stay up as late as I want as there are no children to look after…

In reality, this is what I’ll do- I’ll catch up on my OFSTED paperwork, I’ll plan next weeks menu, I’ll fix the chicken coop, I’l finish wallpapering the kitchen and I’ll miss the kids enormously, because truth be told, I don’t really know what to do when the house is empty. 


Great school reports and sneaky holiday

Jo has been working flat out recently, on the Lancashire Science Festival and then away in London as she had helped pull together a team that were exhibiting at the Royal Society. As she’d not seen the kids awake for about 10 days (except when we were at the science festival!) we planned to have a family weekend away, spend some quality time together. It had to be somewhere close by, with lots to do, so we used the Caravan Club members offer- 3 nights at Haven Lakeside for just £50.

Friday was also school report day. I’m up to speed with the kids education, and felt confident that the reports would be good (and they were). So we decided to turn up at school pick-up with the caravan hitched on and -surprise- sneaky family holiday to celebrate good reports.

The kids were hugely excited. Is that caravan Henrietta? Are we going on holiddddddaaay??

Wonderful weekend of bike riding, swimming, bbqs, lazing around and enjoying each others company. The only let down was the amount of SClub 7 played in the ‘live lounge’, like being at an awful wedding 🙂

Home to a heap of washing and real life…

Family Food Festival

Looking forward to a lovely long family weekend. We’re going to cycle up to Lancaster Leisure Park- there’s a food festival on 🙂 lots of local foods, including hopefully chutney. I’m a sucker for chutney.


It’s a good place for a day out. Jo can have a look round the antiques place and pine after monk’s benches and bits of tat for the garden. There’s a new play area that we haven’t checked out yet. And the cafe has good, reasonably priced cakes.


After we’ve done that I’ve got a list of things to do in the garden. Digging in vegetable beds is the main task- we have onions to plant.


And the egg count is up to 33