Yesterday was a bit of a washout, mainly because i discovered The Da Vinci Code and have struggled to put it down until i finished it. That is *so* my kind of book 🙂 Fran and i spent a bit of the day looking at the online quiz; i impressed myself by managing to do it without resorting to help pages. Must get The Broken Sword game again, that was about Templar Knights; oddly i had been reading about them anyway in my pre-crusade project research. I could definitely get into that bit of history.
Had planned on going to the eo group on India but badly needed a bath first (really badly, you know when you just can’t go out?????) and Josie was looking very crusty too. Couldn’t get the water to heat up at all and eventually realised that in fact i hadn’t been aware of any hot water/heating for a couple of days. *Grumble* – called out plumber who fixed one thing, went away then had to come back when the pilot light kept going out and eventually couldn’t fix it till today. So all that scuppered everything, not least because it had occurred to me that a morning that included mendi designs was going to be a sensory nightmare for Maddy who wouldn’t be able to not have them done (masochist) and then would go nuts at not being able to get them off. So trying to deal with that without hot water seemed like a big no-no.
A variety of good things did happen but it was all a bit the far side of autonomy for my liking! Maddy and i had an excellent discussion after she built a cube of geomags and spun it from one corner – she realised that the top and bottom points were “moving but not moving”, so we spent a while exploring that and looking at our globe as another example. Fran did several of the Farmyard Sticker books that i got for Amelie 🙄 and also independently decided to do a “reading tree” (i think she must have been reading some ‘how to motivate your child to read’ articles or something) so we drew a tree, she read a book and we stuck on a leaf. Funny girl. I also showed her how to make and do anagrams and we both had a go at some Suduko.
Then it was time to deliver a very important parcel, which i did and then got caught in 40 minutes of traffic after an accident – eventually had to make my way off the dual carriageway the wrong way down a slip road, most unnerving!
Today we’ve been out to Burghley House with the intention of going into the very beautiful Sculpture Gardens but when we got there, it’s gone from being a free resource that you sometimes pay £2 per family for at weekends to a commercialised, shop at the entrance, paying attraction – £3 per adult and £1 per child – making it prohibitive for a family of our size. I find it incredibly sad. It’ll be free November to March, or i could buy a season ticket but really – you can pay £3 to get an adult into most NT or EH sites, places you’d spend a whole day.
We walked around the park for a while, identified some trees, took pictures of Red Deer, watched a male Deer bark and paw the ground until her saw off an approaching yonger male but the edge had gone off the visit really.
This afternoon Maddy and i have been into town where i narrowly avoided being knocked to the ground by a bunch of lads who suddenly started fighting and now we are curled up with The magic Roundabout.