It’s time for me to rejoin The Monday Club with Sarah Miles.
Half term has just finished for us and we had planned a great mix of family time, child-free time and catching up with friends, leaving us a bit of time for clearing and cleaning! However, that was not to be.
Last Saturday we went to Exeter to see Newton Faulkner (aka “ginger yeti”) in concert. He is brilliant live, his music, his chat between songs is very entertaining and his “cover songs” really should be heard. All this with just a voice, a guitar and kick drum. We had a nice supper and headed up the hill to the Great Hall at Exeter Uni, to be met by the security guard saying that Newton had laryngitis and would not be performing! A quick call to Granny confirmed that they were free on Friday, so we could come back to see him. This would mean two child-free nights in one week – there really is a silver lining.
On Monday Husband played a bit of “catch up” at work, having missed a few days when he, Daughter and Son all got the sick bug, one day after the other. I was feeling quite smug, until I caught it on the Tuesday and missed a family outing to “Madagascar 3”. A quiet day for me at home. The following day we met up with long lost friends, which was great, but only running late, when there was no enough hot water for my shower. So three saucepans of boiling water and two kettles later, I had a very shallow bath! We set off somewhat late and found a long traffic jam, the good news was that we were both in the traffic, so neither of us were on time! The children had a great time and the adults chattered away and making plans.
So Friday came along, and, due to our changed arrangements, we had to fit in visits to the dentist, then I was working, Granny was running late to pick up Daughter and Son but eventually we left for Exeter. Our next little hiccup was the heating in the car was not working, just as the coldest weekend came along. We arrived a little chilly and once settled, headed back up the hill to the Great Hall. All was well and the concert was amazing. If you don’t know Newton Faulkner’s music, try this and this.
The next morning we left early, the car engine temperature was too hot (even in the very cold weather) and once we added coolant, the heating came back on as well. On the way to pick up the children, we booked some sneaky cinema tickets to see “Skyfall”. I think it’s the best Bond ever, with a few tricks from earlier films, lots of action, humour, chases and fights. Definitely one to watch.
So all the to-do jobs are still there, but we’ve had fun, not missed out, but it was not the half term we were expecting!