A couple of weeks ago I traipsed off to London to visit Rebekah – while poor Martin went to his Charity Management lectures at Twickenham.
It was lovely to meet up with one of my longest standing friends for lunch in the late summer sunshine at a beautiful spot near London Bridge.
You could see:
The Tower of London
The Shard (just about – much better view of that from Rebekah’s bedroom)
And some weird alien looking thing!
Then Rebekah met us and we had a walk along the Southbank and then had a tour of the various places she does her placement work (and the pubs she visits).
A very quick trip to the Imperial War Museum followed.
Then back to Rebekah’s flat. It was great to see her settled in, having a laugh with her flat mates and generally seeming very at home, and lovely to get some bangers and mash. We waited somewhat impatiently for Martin to arrive with the car and the office chair for Rebekah’s room and then dashed off to try and get the ferry we were booked on – with Martin shovelling down the bangers and mash as we went!
The Shard from Rebekah’s Bedroom:
Rebekah managed a number of celebrations of her 18th birthday.
The first was a week early, Jamie took her off to the big city to see Phantom of the Opera.
Looks like they had a great time.
Once again I am very behind with my blogging.
A couple of weeks ago we hopped on the ferry for a very brief trip to London. We managed to go on a lovely calm day in the midst of all the recent storminess.
We were hurrying over to go to my mum’s 70th birthday celebrations. My sister had organised a party for her and we decided we would surprise mum by turning up at the last minute.
We only arrived slightly before my mum did, so only managed to do a little to help. Jane and Jonathan with help from Michelle had done almost everything fantastically by the time we arrived.
We managed to help out a little in the kitchen though:
Jane seems to be a little frustrated with me and Ruth nibbles a naughty bit of lettuce!
The food looks great as it always does when Jonathan and Jane make it.
The room was well decorated too.
Mum started off the evening in character with a nice cup of tea.
She had lots of her friends around her to celebrate.
Mum seemed to be having a good laugh with us too.
It looks like mum had a happy birthday
Wow – we have had a ludicrously busy time since returning from camping in September. Every week has had about 5 extra activities in it on top of the usual and Ruth trying to do the hated chemistry revision, as such I am very behind on the blog and have missed out some brilliant experiences we have all had. So a quick overview:
Went to Bristol so Ruth could do a trip to ciromedia for an aerial course. Jonathan, martin and I went and looked at the local street art having got a taste for it in London. We also enjoyed a rather nice park – as you can see I have my “home educators” trousers on!
We finally finished the van and even had the re-registration from the DVLA, so we spent the night in the van and then went to Beaulieu in the pouring rain with Martin’s parents.
We had sumo night at youth nite, Martin and Jonathan had a go. I made an autumn table mat that I was really pleased with.
Another trip to London – this time with Rebekah and Martin. Had a lovely day mooching with Rebekah, great meal out with mum, Jane and Jonathan and then a great visit to Oasis college.
Rebekah’s Photography Project:
Fire Station Visit:
Art Afternoon at Mike Rodriguez‘s art studio:
The higlight of our recent CBBC tour was probably before it even started properly. A real former TARDIS parked outside Television Centre! Actually the whole of our worthy “Let’s go to London to help the kids out with their Tudor’s project” trip seemed to turn into a Doctor Who tour. Canary Wharf (Torchwood), the Globe theatre, and the TARDIS to finally top it off. Just look at the expression on Ruth’s face….
Well we are well and truly back from our holidays now. I was so sad to leave the Netherlands and all the wonderful cycling (not to mention pancakes) that I actually cried!
We had a good time in London with friends afterwards. The highlight was going to the CBBC tour at Television Centre. Ruth was literally jumping up and down (and flapping her arms like wings) with excitement when they saw a real Tardis (not the one they are currently using but a previous one.
We did heaps of other stuff too, Hampton Cout, The globe, the Aquarium and Princess Diana Memorial gdns (lovely play park).
Jonathan meanwhile, stayed with my mum and sister and went to legoland, swimming and played with remote controlled boats, he had a great time too.
Now we are back and we have all the normal stuff to do, home ed committee meetings, dentist appointments, letters to write, companies overcharging us to harrass, playgroup trips, shopping, unpacking blah blah blah. So we definitely feel back again