Thomas was off school Monday and Tuesday. He'd not really eaten anything all weekend, still looked pale and couldn't face his breakfast so Mark made an executive decision for him to stay home. It was my turn for decision making in the afternoon and after being cooped up all weekend I thought it would be nice to blow the cobwebs away so we went for a walk in the park.
I love Foxdenton Park. It's not very big and the gardens are well maintained - the gardener was busy raking up leaves as we walked around. Sadly the same can't be said for the house. It had some money ploughed into it several years ago but it seems to have been left to fall by the wayside again with rotting window frames and broken and boarded up glass.
It's the same for the bowling green club house which is practically falling down. Again, it's not that long since this was re-vamped and was being used, yet here it is in all it's derelict glory. It would make a lovely cafe but I don't expect renovation is near the top of any Council priority list at the moment.
I finished knitting the baby things this week and got them off in the post. Two gowns, 4 angel pockets, 2 cribs and 6 angels. Then, as I hadn't got any fleece for the lilac quilt I started to put together a fiddle mat. These are fun to make as it's a case of anything goes.
Sometimes I like to set myself a challenge to keep the old grey matter working and this week it was baby shoes. I've actually astounded myself with how these have turned out. I've no idea what to do with them so I won't bother crocheting up a matching pair - but they are ridiculously sweet aren't they.
My shopping bargain of the week were these 2 fleeces from Wilko. They cost £1.50 each and I may go back and get some more. I thought the grey would go nice with the lilac quilt. It's not the most exciting of colours but the hearts bring it to life.
Thomas came home from school all excited on Thursday. The other Y6 class had been evacuated through the fire door onto the field as one pupil had a bit of a moment that involved hitting the teachers, throwing chairs across the classroom and turning desks over. Thomas was fine about it, it probably made for an exciting half hour, but you know what he's like - before he went in Friday morning he'd worked out his escape route just in case it happened again and he got caught up in it.
Amy is 17 on Saturday and is now the proud owner of a provisional driving licence, Lord help us. We've bought her the theory book for her birthday and she's having her first lesson in a couple of weeks. She's not exactly chomping at the bit, it's more a case of having a go to see what she thinks. I don't mind paying for the lessons, but I won't be as keen to pay her insurance if she passes!
Other bits and bobs:
My car tax demand came which I quite happily didn't pay!
Daffodils springing up all over the park.
Little wooden butterflies from The Works.
Wishing I was 7 again and not only so I could read Enid Blyton!
Pretending I am 7 with lashings of ginger beer and cream cakes for tea.
A new book on the bedside cabinet. Cast-Off Kids is about a lovely couple who fostered in the 60's. I'll probably get through this one in a few days.
Something blue on the hook. Loved these colours until Mark said it reminded him of a prayer shawl!
Just fancied a refreshing G&T last night. Thoroughly enjoyed it, although one was enough.
And that's another week over with. I can't believe we're already nearly halfway through February - see what I mean about the weeks flying by after January.
There is just one week left before Thomas finishes school for half term and 3 days before Amy finishes college. By the time they return February will be all but over.
We have no plans for going away but I'm hoping we can have a couple of days out and if we can use our National Trust cards even better.
Hope you've all had a lovely week and managed to stay warm and cosy. It's been bitterly cold and windy up here so I've only gone out when I've had to and most of the week has been spent inside pottering around. But I'm good at pottering, it's what I do best, so no complaints from me.