Paulton’s Park

Fantastic sunny day at Paulton’s Park on a group visit with home edders. S took the day off work, so the 3 of us went, we don’t have that happen often, usually it is me and R or the 4 of us, but L was at school.

The Cobra
The Cobra

A few school kids around, but hardly any queuing at all which was great (thankfully we’ve outgrown Peppa Pig as that area is always crowded.)

Repeated goes on The Edge, Magma and The Cobra.

We bumped into a few familiar faces from the home ed world which was nice.

New dinosaur things being built for next year, which means certain things have disappeared… the most shocking one being the Rabbit ride, which had been there forever… S has pictures of him on it as a child.

The park has been done up a lot already, more seating, music, sculptures, all sorts. It is getting more towards the feel of an American theme park (though not totally there yet) … shying away from the quirkier slightly naff but loveable old attractions.

Lovely day. Though strange to have a ‘family’ day out without L!

Luckily she has a school trip there soon!


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Rest Days and Sushi

We have had some quiet days after the busy week last week. I have M.E. / CFS / SEID,  whichever label you want to use… it is a frustrating thing to have, so it means I always have to fit in rest days between the things we do. Last week that wasn’t really possible, so this week I’ve been out of action, lots of sleep, lying down and staying in. Feels like a cross between a hideous hangover and flu, with muscle pain, brain fog and extreme fatigue. L and R are used to it and are great about it when I need to have a lie down.

R is a real homebody anyway, so there has been a lot of playmobil, just R and also R plus friends – we have a whole encampment across the dining room (the rule is there needs to be a clear path through so we can get to the kitchen!!) There are different clans and camps ranging from dragons and warriors to princesses and fairies (and the princesses and fairies are no push overs!!) R has spent hours joyfully playing… put on voices and also singing to herself, lost in an amazing world.

We’ve read together too, watched a few things… we’re both enjoying Kings and Queeens… the programme about a Debate challenge for kids at Cambridge Uni… it is on CH4.

We’ve also been having a look at some KS3 BBC Bitesize engineering video clips. There is a good one about designing roller coasters which R enjoyed as she has recently entered a competition to design a roller coaster. She also watched one about improving weather forecasts with lasers taking readings through different levels of cloud. We’ve had a few cases recently when the forecast has been wrong and we’ve had discussions about why it isn’t better.. so that was a good follow on.

We had Woodcraft group at our house this week, we did a sushi making session. L pretty much ran the whole session herself and it worked really well, with everyone having a go at making sushi or Japanese egg roll. Almost everyone liked the sushi 🙂

R went out to drama and had friends back to play afterwards that afternoon.

Today she has been over to Granny’s for the day, with a long badminton session and out and about with Granny, Grandpa, Great Auntie J and Auntie M too, so she’s had a lovely day. I had a good rest , with chance to sit in the sunshine and read. Gearing up for the next expenditure of energy tomorrow!!!!

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A 12 year old!!!

We now have a 12 year old in the house. I don’t know how this has crept up on us… she is so grown up and so lovely to have around.

Doesn’t seem long ago that she was like this:

Baby L
Baby L

She wanted a quiet morning with friends after the sleepover, then we had an open house in the afternoon, so grandparents, aunties, cousins and more friends popped in to have a piece of cake.

Most of the kids brought 3ds’ if they had them, as we got L one for her birthday (2nd hand.. as we don’t usually spend as much as they are new, and we knew someone selling one) The 3ds’ linked up… there were lots of mystified expressions when the kids tried explaining about it all to the adults, especially the grandparents!

She got lots of other lovely things, many minion related! Including a birthday cake made by one of her aunties.

Minion cake
Minion cake

L had a really lovely time and a fairly early night ready for the wedding the next day.

Big family wedding of our nephew… it was lovely and the first wedding where our girls have stayed for the whole thing and really enjoyed it all, especially the disco.

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Rock-up Climbing and a Sleepover

The day before L turned 12 we had a trip to Rock-Up climbing walls, Whiteley. We’ve been before, well worth going, I even had a go last time (not this time as we have a family wedding in a couple of days and I wanted to be able to move!! Oh the joy of M.E.)

It is very reasonably priced, and there are loads of different walls to try. The staff are really good and most ages can have a go (I think it is for over age 4… but do check)

Going up the chimney!
Going up the chimney!

L and R made it to the top of quite a few as did S, and they braved the big green towers you have to walk up too.

L had a friend came climbing, then milkshakes and a wander round the shops, followed by pizza in the evening and a sleepover.

Amazingly they both settled down without prompting at around 10.30pm after watching a Harry Potter film. We seem to be hitting the ‘wanting’ to sleep phase… not something you imagine reaching when they are younger!

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