We had a bit of spring but it seems to have gone again now. Wednesday was very rainy and we stayed in pretty much all day, except for going to work (me in the morning and A. in the afternoon).
P. and L. spent quite a bit of time developing security systems for their rooms, to go with the door knockers A’s mum bought for them in Lyme Regis. They now each have a password and a list of authorised people. They also both made themselves ‘Knock before entry’ signs on the computer.
Leo and I used the story ideas generator we bought a couple of months ago, and wrote stories featuring the characters, locations, actions etc suggested by rolling the dice.
When the sun came out briefly, we popped round the corner to take some more photos of the building site.
I finished P’s birthday picnic invitations. I had hoped she might help me with that, but she was busy being a cat at that moment, so she couldn’t.
Later on she got very involved in writing a secret code on the computer, and then searching for pictures of Sylvanians to put on her wall.
Yesterday Allie had to work again, but the kids and I went to visit Allie’s dad and his wife in Haywards Heath. This was lovely, as always. We were given lunch and entertained in the wonderfully sunny hideaway they have at the bottom of their garden. We played Cheat and knocked balls around with bats in the garden. P. and L. took various Sylvanians and Power Rangers with them, and enjoyed explaining them to bemused grandparents.
We came away with a lovely little felt beret that P. plans to copy for her Sylvanians, some interesting cardboard packaging (L. declared his to be a graveyard), a spare chess set they happened to have, and some extra pocket money for the children. Grandparents are great, aren’t they?
On the way we picked up the latest Horrible Science magazine and read bits of that here and there. We’ve also been enjoying Terry Jones’s Medieval Lives in the evenings on UKTV History.