I am so behind with blogging and will go back and fill in at some point but for now here is our weekend away in London. Just Jonathan and I were going which was really nice as we don’t have much time just the two of us.
We started with a ferry ride, breakfast in Ikea and then a couple of hours on the coach. This was very enjoyable and passed quickly as we played crib, the ministers cat, hangman and squares. This got me thinking about how educational doing that sort of thing is – crib with the arithmetic skills as well as strategic thinking, the ministers cat good for building vocabulary particularly thinking about adjectives, hangman good for spelling and imaginative thinking and squares again good for strategy. So a wasted couple of hours were actually spent productively – not with me trying to be educational but just by default by us engaging together (on the way home again we were so shattered we both sat and listened to radio 4 downloads!).
A short hop from Victoria to the natural History Museum. Jonathan had specific things he wanted to see before we arrived and then on reading the leaflet decided to see another few things. I resisted the urge to “make the most” of the visit and take him to see lots more and as such we had a very relaxed time looking at volcanoes, dodos, dinosaurs, an archaeopteryx and a giant sloth – and for some reason seeing some obsidian was thrilling too.
Then he wanted to go to M&M world and as this trip was about taking him to do London things that he wanted to do (and that I could afford) that’s what we did. It’s not really my thing but if you are going to do these things you should embrace them wholeheartedly!
The next thing on his list was a trip to Primark so he could buy a onesie with his own money – my sister obliged by taking us there and then we had a nice family meal out at a little Italian restaurant – again Jonathan’s choice he wanted pizza.
The Centre of the Cell was slightly disappointing as most of the material was available online – however I don’t think Ruth would have spent as long engaging with it and discussing cell related topics if we hadn’t gone and it was free. We had seen the TARDIS before Ruth was more excited then.
Ruth went home with the others while Jonathan and I went back to my mums and had a lovely roast dinner and choice of three puddings!
Our last day in London saw me doing some bargain hunting in the Salvage shop with mum while Jonathan went to the kids club cinema with Jane and Jonathan. A quick trip round the exceptionally crowded Borough Market Then we had my highlight of the weekend an Alternative Walking Tour of London. We spent a couple of hours walking around the Spittlefields area of London learning about its history and looking at street art and graffiti. I learned so much and found it fascinating. I would definitely do it again as by its nature the art work will have changed. I didn’t know that people did street art with stencils and paste ups as well as chilled spray cans (to give a different effect) as well as all sorts of other things. I’ve just put a few pics here but will probably do more later.
We had a great weekend.