The week off school is flying by. Homework. Shopping. More homework. Autumn Watch on TV. Lots to do. So far it has been a great week.
Yesterday we celebrated hubby’s 50th birthday. He doesn’t look old enough to be 50! Not that I’m complaining about that. After months of deliberation I finally found a gift I was fairly confident would be special enough for the big 50 and something he would like. I went for the Up at the O2 Experience – you get to walk across the top of the the O2 dome – and he was thrilled! Glad I didn’t book it for the day itself as the weather here was dreadful yesterday. We spent a family day at Rainham Marshes, an RSPB Nature reserve followed by lunch at a local restaurant. Rainham Marshes was cloaked in autumnal dampness but very beautiful all the same. We saw a stoat or a weasel – can’t quite figure out which one. They are always portrayed as the baddies in children’s story books! Very exciting to see one for real running about in front of the hide. The weather turned from light drizzle to proper ‘you are going to get soaked through’ rain so we headed to the cafe and admired the views through the huge windows. Such a great place.
Halloween is on the way. We don’t celebrate Halloween but my daughter really wants to carve a pumpkin. What to do? I was reading an interview with one of the stars of Downton Abbey, Elizabeth McGovern in Prima Magazine and she is promoting World Visions ‘A Night of Hope’. The idea is that you carve your pumpkin with a heart and give money to aid the children of Syria who are living in real fear each night. You can take a photo of your pumpkin and send them to World Vision who will use them in a large mosaic to show Syrian refugee children in Lebanon that they have not be forgotten. So my dilemma is solved – I can carve a pumpkin with my daughter with the added bonus that we can do one very small thing to help someone else.
Birthday cake making – lots of smarties were eaten in the making of this cake!
Some holiday crochet. Lovely colours. Large blanket on the hook!
Mr Pumpkin – all ready and waiting for some hearts.