Week 22 of Project 52 has been half term, with a bit of work for me before being off with N for a couple of days.
Sunday was a lazy day. I baked my first angel food cake and it worked out well. N has been creating lots of maths test papers for his dad to answer.
Bank holiday Monday and we had a dilemma. Go to a country and agricultural show at Highclere Castle which was further away (and we wouldn’t get there for opening because N was out on the farm), or an agricultural show at Lamport Hall in Northamptonshire. We decided on the latter, being closer. It was cheaper too, but very random. The strangest show we’ve ever been to. Thankfully the rain on arrival stopped and the sun came out later.
Tuesday and Wednesday I was back at work and N spent the days on the farm with his dad, riding the quad bike with his cousin (7.30 in the morning, they were out on it!). And trying to help his cousin learn to ride N’s bike. Not that we were impressed with that fact, given N’s bike needs to be ridden with care due to the gears. I’m not pleased that the OH just basically handed the expensive, newish bike that I paid for, and is N’s favourite thing apart from his quad bike, over to a child with no balance. A second hand one would have been a better option, the same as N had to learn on, before he could prove he could ride well enough to get a decent new bike.
N wasn’t pleased either, because the gears which shouldn’t have been touched, were playing up, and you could see him watching worried every time his cousin wobbled off it. Thankfully the gears now seem to be ok, but I feel for N just having his fairly new, well earned bike just handed over. I’m sure they could have just nipped round the corner to the recycling centre where there’s always loads of bikes.
Thursday we had arranged to meet my best friend who was staying over in Oxfordshire with her family and parents on their way to the south coast for a holiday. We only saw them 3 weeks ago at Trentham Gardens, but it was nice to catch up again. It meant the boys didn’t need such a long warm up period getting used to each other again. It was lovely to see her parents – I don’t think I’ve seen them properly since N was about 5. We went to do the trails at Basildon Park. I’ll need to go back another time to see the house. In the afternoon, they went off and we headed to Beale Park for a few hours before the journey from hell back up the A34.
Friday we decided to stay around home. Just a quick trip to the supermarket, then cycle and walk in the park, lunch at Costa and then the cinema to see Secret Life of Pets 2. We had lots of laughs (including at the Grandmother and child who were sitting in our seats, then moved into someone else’s, then refused to move for them, causing a bit of chaos. Just read your tickets people!)
Saturday was another quiet one. It’s been so hot, and I’m not great with the heat. We needed to get N some new school shoes as he says his are too tight. At this time of year I usually just buy some cheap supermarket ones, but Tesco and Sainsbury’s didn’t have any, Sports Direct only had black trainers, and Matalan only had size 2s in trainer style which we dislike and N couldn’t get on his feet. So we bought size 3 which looked ok on one foot and just needs an inner sole on the other. Thankfully he only wears them as indoor shoes, so they should be ok. Although I’m concerned about the 2 school trips he’ll need them for. So I’ll be keeping an eye out for anywhere else that might have school shoes. I don’t want to pay for another £50-60 pair of shoes for 7 weeks from the kids shoe shop we usually go to.
I made a meringue roulade for pudding which the OH moans about because it had flaked almonds on it (I could hardly taste them). And N went out to get takeaway pizza with his 17 and 10 year old cousins to have at their house. His first time his cousin’s taken him out in his car. He was so excited. My little boy is growing up.
This week’s photo was taken at Beale Park where the peacock was showing off his tail feathers with pride.