If I thought that going to Blackpool on a Sunday evening would mean it wouldn't be as busy then I was wrong. It was absolutely packed.
We usually park at Bispham and have fish and chips but no spaces and queues out of the restaurant door meant we carried on to Cleveleys this time. It was a bit emotional actually, the last time we were here was only 4 months ago and Tom was with us.
Anyway, we found a lovely fish & chip shop which was fairly busy with lots of the older generation. All was going well, until I made a passing comment to Thomas that his voice was getting deeper. Quite matter of factly and fairly loudly he announced "it's called puberty Mum". Thankfully, we'd pretty much finished our meal so left soon afterwards for the arcade.
Thomas loves these ticket machines and managed to win 202 of them which meant he got to choose something from the prize shelf.
While Amy went for something that involved more skill
And they both like the shooting games
Then it was down the front to see the lights. The displays at Bispham end are the best in my opinion and Alice is a favourite of mine and Amy's.
There's a stretch where there's not much to see so we nip round the back streets and come out by the Tower. We stopped for a while in front of this poppy where different faces are shown in the middle of the flower. I've no idea if they are random soldiers who died in the war or if they are connected to Blackpool in some way, but it's a lovely tribute.
I took loads of photos, but hardly any were coming out properly, so I decided to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
By 10.30pm we were back home and tucked up in bed. And because it was no later than when we usually settle down, we were all up bright and breezy as usual this morning and ready to face the day.
A day of tile lifting, wallpaper stripping and spindle painting. But more of that tomorrow.