Oliver will be in year 2 when he goes back to school in a few weeks time and they are going to be learning about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, Jenny said it would be good if he could actually see where things happened so we planned a day trip on Saturday as a surprise for him.
He loves history programmes and is into reading the Horrible History books, so where better to go than London. We had a great day, just the three of us, we can get the train straight though to Marylebone from our local station, it takes a little over 2 hours, but it seems like no time at all when you are on a train.
Apart from the sights, he loved the Lego shop (of course!!) and the M&M shop, Jenny had booked us a table at the Rainforest Cafe for tea, which is a fun experience, it's decked out as you would imagine, like a rainforest, complete with sounds and animated animals. I thought the food and drinks were on the expensive side, (£4.50 for a small bottle of coke!!) and the cheapest adult meal was £20.
But having said that, the food was good and the portions quite large and I suppose you are paying for the atmosphere. Oliver loved it, so that's what counts.
Our first stop had been Buckingham Palace to see the changing of the Guard, but after waiting for around half an hour security came and put a board out saying that there was no changing of the guard ceremony that day (boo). I did feel sorry for an American couple who were getting on a boat this morning so wouldn't get to see it, they said that the people at home wouldn't believe they had come all this way and not got to see it!
There were things we didn't get to do, the London Eye didn't have tickets available for any times we could do that day and we didn't have time to climb the Monument, we have already talked about taking him down again soon and we will get tickets in advance next time.
It was a long day, we got on the train at 7.20am and did't get home until 11pm, needless to say I needed a lie-in this morning!
I have managed to get into the garden for an hour this afternoon just to give the grass a quick mow and tidy up. Lots of things are now passed their best, but the roses are still giving flowers. We have had quite windy weather and it's blown my Sweet Peas over, I keep twisting them back but they keep getting blown again!
My one Dahlia that didn't get eaten my the slimies
I had to pop to Lidl this morning and came back with a blueberry plant.
I've no idea how big they grow, Mark planted it up in this pot, it's quite a large pot so should be ok for a while
We've both got next week off work, we are going to Brighton for a few days (until Wednesday), I don't know what we will do for the rest of the week, I would like to have at least one day at home doing nothing but stitching, I haven't picked anything up all week and I really need to crack on with Arthur's Christmas stocking. It's Bank Holiday a week tomorrow, so it will be a nice long weekend to tag onto our week off, then it will be September, you can already feel a change in the air in the mornings.
Anyway, this post is already longer than I planned, (will my posts ever be short, lol)
I'm off to have a nice long soak in the bath and start a new book, oh before I forget, I have just finished See You in September, by Charity Norman, I bought the book at a book sale and I will put it in the charity bag to pass on, unless someone would like it? I really enjoyed it so if you think it's one you would enjoy please leave a comment saying so and I will send it to you.
(If you look on Amazon or Goodreads you can see if it's something that appeals to you)
If more than one person wants it I will put the names in a 'hat' next Sunday.
Right, i'm really going now, lol
See you soon