• Food,  Out and About,  School’s out ...

    for summer – day 4

    Not much happened today – family have gone to Flamingoland and we are having a leisurely day just pottering about the house. I keep meaning to write some more of my book (as apparently everyone has a story in them) and I have all of these ideas floating around in my head and the first 2000 words on paper but apart from this blog I haven’t written anything yet. Maybe next week! We visited our favourite Indian restaurant for tea, we meet one of our sons and his girlfriend there. The food is delicious, the staff extremely professional and the menu extensive we opted for the specials banquet and at…

  • School’s out ...

    for summer – day 3

    A relatively quiet morning after the exertions of the last couple of days. Breakfast at my sister’s house, a stroll around her village, back for coffee and then home. Ten pin bowling in the afternoon. A living Social deal for the six of us – four adults and two children. We hadn’t visited the MFA in Sunderland previously and we were impressed by the offer and the facilities. A good time was had by all from the 3 year old to the 66 year old. Our only comment would be that two games were a wee bit excessive as with six people playing, one game took an hour and the…

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    for summer – day 2

    Our little man for breakfast, then boring but essential shopping at Asda, Metro Centre, lunch and a swimming trip. Our grandsons love swimming so we all headed off to Bannatyne’s gym in Durham. Four of us are members two weren’t but they were allowed in for Starbuck’s coffee and could come and see the children enjoy the pool. Durham isn’t our usual gym but they allow children in earlier to swim so we thought we would give it a try. The facilities in general are good, very clean but we weren’t keen on having to go down a flight of stairs to the pool with small children we thought it…

  • School’s out ...

    for summer – day 1

    Four years ago I didn’t think I’d have been writing a post about the school holidays as I left education very disillusioned. However an enforced redundancy from an office job led me to seek out the classroom once again and dear reader I have loved every minute of the last five and a half weeks. The school was lovely, the staff fabulous and the children – well they were just an assortment of delightfulness! I sent my sister this text on Friday morning: ‘I’ve got that wonderful elated feeling you get at the beginning of the 6 weeks holidays that I didn’t think I’d ever feel again.’ Yes after only…