It’s funny how different your relationship is one on one with your children. Betsy and I suddenly find ourselves with two days a week together. Nearly seven hours to fill.
In all honesty it isn’t since Milla was one that I’ve had so much time with just one child. I’m finding it quite unfamiliar and wonderful at the same time.
And we have fun on our adventures. Moving at her pace for once, following her lead with no need to negotiate with siblings. Finally the youngest can spread her wings and find her place in the world.
So here’s to the last years before school. To days of discovery, silliness and cuddles. To finding our rhythm and taking our time. Here’s to my girl and her crazy, fierce and wild ways.
On the last Sunday of the holidays we took advantage of a train ticket offer* and caught the train to London for the day.
Having waited until all of the children could appreciate the trip we were finally headed for The Natural History Museum (Actual History Museum according to Monty).
As you’d expect, the museum was incredibly crowded so we limited ourselves to the mammal hall and the dinosaur exhibition. I adore the NHM, who doesn’t? It is wondrous from the outside and entrancing on the inside.
I love the architecture, it is unbelievably detailed. I think you could spend years viewing the building and still not have drunk in everything it has to offer.
It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse who coincidentally designed our local church around the same time (you can see the tower in this post with it’s NHM-esq details). Even more coincidentally he also designed my business partner’s town hall up in Scotland. Or rather, he got about a bit in Victorian times.
We began and ended our day on the South Banks which is always one of the most fun places to hang out in central London – why did I never come here when I lived in the city? Couldn’t you just stay for the whole day and never get bored?
This Summer they have been celebrating a Festival of Neighbourhood which makes it even more thrilling than usual. Add to that Wahaca’s Street Kitchen and you pretty much have my perfect day out.
I wanted to make a short film for the children to remember their day and decided to go with a series of still images in stop motion. You know I have a weakness for stop motion and time lapse!
Hope you enjoy coming along for the ride x
If you’re reading via email or an RSS feed you may need to click on to Housewife Confidential or view on YouTube.
*Which, as an aside, was not offered on the National Rail site nor in station. Thank goodness for The Tainline highlighting it and saving us nearly £20 /aside over.
The beginning of March is a busy time around these parts. Late night baking and early morning celebrations abound.
Betsy’s party was an afternoon tea and dancing party. Nothing fancy, no trying to get one and two year olds to play games just a gentle gathering with lots of cake.
Monty’s party was held in our favourite woods. They climbed trees, followed a Gruffalo trail, built dens, ate a good deal of yummies from the barbecue and went crazy for the pinata.
Yesterday we took ourselves off to the beach and Oceanarium. We met up with good friends, dug holes, marvelled at marine life and ate noodles. Lots of noodles.
All that partying takes its toll. If you need me I’ll be having a snooze on the sofa too…
because I know there will be questions: check my Wanties post last week for party gear. Betsy’s hairclips are from Peanut & Pip, Rainbow coats are from JuicyTots and Monty’s orange sweat pants are from Boys & Girls.