This was our activities for the first week. The Friday was the Gruffalo stage show at the Lyric theatre. For stuff like that I like to give it a build up, so we watched the trailer (actually we watched it several times a day at the boys’ insistance) and I made this little count down thing to put on the fridge. I thought it might also help with ideas of time (Rufus always refers to things in the past as ‘yesterday’, whether it was this morning or weeks ago). Each day we ticked off the box at the bottom and drew a little picture of what we’d been up to.
Monday, as you can see, we took the boat out. Just rowing on Tilgate lake, it’s best not to try sailing with just me and both boys, way too much to juggle. Rufus fell in to the water, he followed me down the slipway as I was launching and had a little paddle. Then he stepped off the side and went from ankle deep water to out of his depth. Fortunately he was wearing his lifejacket (we always put them on as soon as we get out of the car) and it worked really well, he didn’t even get his hair wet. We hung around Tilgate for the rest of the day, having a good play on the climbing frames then dinner in smith and weston.
Tuesday you can’t see on the activity chart, Miles had wiped it off at the end of the week before I got another picture. All four of us went out to a little local stream through a medow for a picnic. A really bucolic day in the a park that is right behind tesco and beside the railway line so I wasn’t expecting to be so nice. Also drawn on the chart for Tuesday were worms because we had gone to the pet shop to pick up live worms for the turtles.
Wednesday was a lazy day watching star wars but we went out in the afternoon to Crawley Down and ate in Dal Nonno’s. A lovely little Italian place which we had all to ourselves (as you tend to when you eat at 1730)
Thursday we went for a cycle out along Worth Way and picked blackberries. Rufus in the seat on the back of Holly’s bike and Miles trying out a system where a bar attached to my seat post holds his front wheel off the ground to let me tow him. Initially that didn’t work so well because I had also taken off his stabilisers and his bike kept sliding over to the side but once they were back on it was much better. The good thing about the system is that once we were off the road, he could be detached and cycle off by himself. We got a good haul of blackberries and made an amazing blackberry and apple crumble.