Apologies if this post is a little odd or disjointed, I’m working off the iPad app rather than my usual blogging software.
Matts job in Glasgow came to an end last week and so for a while we are calling my parents house in Worcestershire home. Well Nibsy and I are, Matt is currently with his parents in Derbyshire, it’s not much fun to be separated but we’re making the best of the situation and hopefully the job situation will resolve itself sooner rather than later.
We’ve been here just over four days now and Nibsy has had a lot of fun already.
The first full day here he invited himself over next door to visit with their puppies and he has spent many an hour stalking my mums poor cat around the garden. We also took a walk in the Wyre forest and followed their new Gruffalo trail. Pretty cool.
The weather here has been stunning. The sun has been shining and the temperatures have been between 24 and 28 degrees so Nibsy has spent a lot of time in the paddling pool. Grandad also made a special trip to the local DIY shop to buy sand to fill up the sandpit. What more could a boy ask for?
I mentioned briefly here a few months ago that I have been researching our family tree. Anyway, it transpires that my Dad has a second cousin living no more than 15 miles away that he never knew about. They were kind enough to invite us over on Monday to meet them. It’s a little crazy to think Dad and this man have lived so close all their lives but never knew of each other’s existence.
Nibsy’s big break through since arriving here has been learning to peddle a trike. Previously he just couldn’t get the hang of it no matter how hard we tried to help him. 5 minutes with Grandad and he was away. Maybe he just needed different explanation than the one we’d given him…who knows. What it does mean is that several times a day we have to walk/cycle around the village. It’s good exercise.
This morning we caught the bus to the local town. It’s only £1 there and back and Nibsy went free. A bit cheaper than city prices! We had a little look around the shops, it’s a very small country town so there isn’t loads to see and do but we did manage to purchase a Horrible Science Explosive Experiments set for £2.49 at the charity shop. It’s never been used and retails at £15.99 so that’s definitely my bargain of the day. Nibsy is naturally itching to try some of the activities out.
So, those are just some random rambling a of our adventures of late…very different from our recent adventures but tons of fun none the less. Blogging might be sporadic for a while as I don’t have my laptop or software with me but I shall try my best.
How am I writing another weekly wrap up already? Where does the time go?
One of the big highlights of our week was on Monday. We took the train to Kilpatrick where we were greeted by our friends. We then loaded ourselves and all our children in to their car and drove another hour to Inveraray. I spotted Inveraray Jail as a tourist attraction worth visiting many months ago and had been wanting to go but never really got round to it, plus the public transport in that direction wasn’t altogether great. Thank good for my friend who was happy to drive.
We arrived about 11:00 and the jail was already quite busy, we had to drive around a little before we could find a parking spot but once we had parked up, got ourselves sorted and paid to go in the jail itself wasn’t actually too overcrowded.
The jail wasn’t as big as I had expected it to be. It was split in to three sections, a courtroom, the old prison and the new prison. The courtroom was pretty cool, they set up mannequins and played courtroom trials which you could sit down and listen too, interesting for adults and older children but not so engaging for the 5 year olds in our group.
We saw the airing platforms, tiny little cells outside where the inmates were put for 1 hour each day. Fun times.
The prison areas were more interactive for the children. Some of the cells were empty with just information boards but some had activities for the children to try out – the whipping table was surprisingly a massive hit with all the children, no pun intended!
Someone got caught for his bad attitude…
It took us about 90 minutes to see everything in the prison. To be honest at £9.95 an adult and £5.95 for over 5s it wasn’t great value for money. It was fine as a one off but it isn’t somewhere I’d go back and visit or would highly recommend. If you’re in the area anyway it would be worth popping in but it’s not really great enough to earn the 120 mile round trip we made.
On our way home we stopped off at a garden centre and tearooms right next to Loch Fyne. On the slopes of a hill behind the centre is, rather randomly, a tree house with a little picnic area for people to use as they wish so before we went to the cafe we headed up the hill to let the children explore. The views were absolutely stunning, I really do love this area of Scotland, I just wish my photography skills could do the beauty justice.
The tree house was awesome, whoever built it was brilliant!
Nibsy really enjoys being outside. He loves play parks but he’s equally happy to wonder around woods, picking up sticks for pretend sword fights and spotting birds in their nests. It’s lovely to see him appreciate nature, we’re heading off next Saturday to stay with Nana and Grandad who live in a very rural area, I think Nibsy is going to have a fab time.
This post is linked with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
Wow, how is it Monday already? I can’t believe that I now have less than 2 weeks in Scotland. Trying very hard not to be too sad and just to enjoy the time we have left here. So…onwards. Time for another #100homeeddays recap. I missed a day, again!
Day 18: One of my favourite photos ever. Our yarn web we created during book club. I won’t rave on about it anymore as it’s already had it’s own blog post as I love it so much.
Day 19: A trip to the seaside with friend. I am so glad that Nibsy loves the seaside as much as I do, it’s so much fun to go paddling with him in the water even if I do get a little wetter than necessary. We’ve been so lucky living this close to such glorious beaches. Ardrossan on the west coast is definitely the best we’ve been to, we really enjoyed the neighbouring Troon but in my eyes it’s been slightly spoiled by tourism. Ardrossan is pretty untouched and never crowded. Perfect.
Day 20: Free Lego day. Oh free lego day, in theory you sound amazing but in practice you cost this indulgent parent more money. Inevitably we end up purchasing something little for him, usually mini figures. What can I say, we’re both soft touches! This months free lego was a little beach buggy, pretty cool given our trip earlier in the week.
Day 21: Party Time! Happy 5th Birthday to E!
Day 22: Meet Scottie. This lovely bear was a leaving gift from some of Nibsy’s friends. Isn’t he awesome? What a delightful reminder of great friends and fun times. *sob*
Day 23: Sometimes our days look like this. A tasty drink, a good family film on Netflix and some time to relax and enjoy each others company. Having over done being social in previous months I really have learned the importance of down time. Without it Nibsy get’s whiny and angry and I get shouty and angry. Things we all want to avoid.
I’m thinking I might need to swap the #100homeeddays round up to Friday as this post is a little too similar to my Friday weekly wrap up – hmmmm not sure. What do you think readers?