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Easter Holidays

My son has a long Easter Holiday break at his school, so he’s been off almost a full month now. I’ve managed to get my orders out, and a few new items started and finished but haven’t managed to get photos done yet.

We have made some cookies, and a chocolate nut butter (recipe soon!) and had several playdates with new friends and old. Son had holiday orchestra for 4 days but I volunteered on 1 day. We went out together several days too, but we didn’t go away anywhere. For most parents when you have a child in private school, holidays are few and far between! Day trips are what we usually do, and we have some good friends who treated us to a day at Audley End House and were willing to drive closer to us to meet up for dog walk & picnic because my car is still not reliable and I don’t want to drive too far from home.

Son took a crochet class at a local yarn shop – The Sheep Shop, where he met Ruth and she taught him how to crochet over a couple of hours. He created a bookmark, and we have a headband pattern for him to try at home. He really enjoyed it, especially the biscuits, Sarah, the owner supplied… lol. Do check out The Sheep Shop – Sarah has regular knitting groups and offers lots of classes as well. There are several more children’s crochet classes available! He also learned to purl and started an easy rainbow winter hat.

We had some disruption too – our boiler died and needed to be replaced, so that was 2 days of pretty much no work getting done, along with no heat/gas or hot water. Trying to knit in a freezing cold house is not conducive to getting much done!

We went out for dinner on day 1 of the boiler replacement, to a newly opened restaurant. It was very disappointing, my chicken burger had cold meat that was cut oddly so it kept falling out of the burger bun and the guacamole was off. I ended up eating english muffins with peanut butter for dinner when we got home.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get my head down on work come Wednesday when son’s back at school and I have the house to myself again. I have plans for yarn, old quilts, and these scarves!

Scarf Photo 1
Scarf Photo 2
Scarf photo 3
Scarf photo 4
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Half-term trip to London

We went to London one day during the last half term. Again, we surprised our son. When we got to Cambridge, he went to get off the train and was demanding that my husband ‘Get up! Get up, Daddy, or we won’t get off in time! Get up!’

Then we said we didn’t need to get off. He sat down and thought for a second then said ‘Where are we going, then?’

‘London’, hubby answered.

‘You’ve played a trick on me!’ — not amused.

We went to see the Parliament Buildings and Big Ben, and to the National Transport Museum at Covent Garden. It was raining and there was already a queue but a busker playing a guitar and singing kept most people amused, and if not amused, well, not grumbling. Too much.

Son went a bit mad in the museum, we didn’t get much of a chance to read anything, but did get to go up and down buses and onto a few train carriages. The play area is very small and was usually packed, but we managed a few minutes in there….

Play area
Play area
In a carriage
In a carriage

After that we went and got hot drinks (you’d have thought it was October, not May) and ate our packed lunch of sandwiches and crisps. We had to sit on a little step in Covent Garden, there are no benches and all the tables are for restaurant customers only. Not too much of a hardship, once we found one. We looked for an icecream shop called ‘The Icecreamist’ but it seemed to have disappeared.

Son wanted desperately to go on a bus, not on the tube, and we wanted to go to show him Big Ben, so we found a bus that went that way and hopped on, he was thrilled! (Not quite sure why…. Cambridge has double decker busses too). We weren’t on for very long – we could have walked there from Covent Garden, but it was long enough for son to be happy. After walking around Parliament Square, and took some photos of Big Ben, we walked through St. James Park, where we found and icecream van that had the best soft serve (Mr.Whippy) icecream we’ve ever had. The most expensive, too.

Big Ben
Big Ben

When we walked into St. James Park we saw these:

Pelicans
Pelicans
Big Beak
Big Beak

we had to stop and take a few photos – and caught a rather cheeky pelican going for a quick bite from an M&S sandwich….

I want that!
I want that!

We walked over to Buckingham Palace and son wanted to know why we couldn’t go and visit the Queen… we pointed out that the men in the big hats wouldn’t like it much and would get cross with us as we didn’t have an invitation. He’s really interested in meeting her, I don’t know why, it’s just something that got into his head.

BUckingham Palace Gates
BUckingham Palace Gates
Angel
Angel

After that, son was a bit walked out and overwhelmed and didn’t know what he wanted to do next, so we headed back to Kings Cross and home. Next time, we won’t surprise him and he can help plan the day. It would have been easier if it hadn’t been a rainy, drizzly day – I think the next visit will have to include the Science Museum….