Weekend in London

We have just returned from 30 hours in London town, having left on the 7:18 train on Saturday morning from Wakefield to Kings Cross.

We had a SUPER busy day on Saturday starting with Bacon butties, croissants and homework – that’s right we made them do their homework on the journey down – let’s face it, they had precious little else to do since we had also banned iPads from making the journey (well except for daddy’s which was to be used for the online homework that Olly had to do :-)).

Straight on the tube and over to the Tower of London and Tower bridge (writing this makes me realise we missed London bridge… (doh), before getting back on the tube and heading over to the London Eye for a trip up into the clouds to see the city from way above. The boys were really apprehensive about the London Eye but seemed to really enjoy it once we go up there 🙂

We went through the 4D experience at the Eye before walking over to Big Ben for the clock to strike 12 – then watched a couple of marching bands playing down Whitehall 🙂 This of course meant that Whitehall was closed off to the public so we walked along the banks of the Thames before heading back “inland” to Trafalgar Square for lunch.

From there we walked to Leicester Square for M&M’s World (a fantastic 4 storey M7M’s shop) where we found out just how much stuff a company can make around s SINGLE brand item 😀

We even managed to get some personalised goodies for a certain birthday that is coming up tomorrow – hope they are liked 🙂 The process of personalisation was very interesting to be part of but the cost was utterly outrageous really… 🙁

Then, we jumped on board a 453 bus to take us over to Madamme Tussauds to get tickets arranged for the following morning, only to find that we could go right in – we decided it would enable us to have a much more relaxed Sunday morning so dived right in.

We were in Madamme Tussauds for a little over an hour and a half and had begun to wonder if the cost was worth it – THEN we got a ride through the ages (from 1600’s) which was really good and then finally onto the Avengers 4D experience – it was utterly awesome.

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Back on the 453 bus to take us to (the boys main event) Hamleys, the 5 floor mega toy shop. By this time, the lunch was trying to run from daddy’s lower body – shegits a plenty – thankfully there was a suitable disposal unit, sadly it was on the fifth floor…

The boys actually behaved impeccably in the store and that is some going given we were in there for well over an hour 🙂

We made the 1.0 mile walk to the hotel (Marriott Grosvenor Square) through a reasonable amount of complaining (that was easily rectified with a statement that the toys could always go back to Hamleys 🙂

The hotel was lovely – we had a suite so the boys would potentially be sleeping on the foldout bed in the main room and we would be in the bedroom – it ended up with Elliot in with mummy and daddy (as neither of them were sleeping) and then mummy went in with Olly as he was crying from about 11pm 🙁

Dinner was at our favourite Pizza Express just off Oxford Street (near Bond Street) and then back for bed. We were all shattered as had done a ton of walking around the city and had pretty much worn ourselves out. The Limoncello and pink champagne helped mummy and daddy with their tiredness 🙂

Today was just a case of heading out after a relaxing bath for breakfast – we found a really cute little waffle house called Pure Waffles just near the hotel and they did some wonderful waffles for us. We then walked on to Oxford Street to find most shops didn’t open until midday (an hour before our train home) so that left us a little out of luck. As we wandered down Oxford Street we found a store that was FULL of sweets from america (among other places) and they had TWO floors of candy !!! So we were in there fore about 30 minutes as we perused their goodies and selected a few little gems to take with us 🙂 We found some mint double stuffed Oreos that we used to LOVE in California – they were a mere 9 UK pounds – so only 4 times the cost in the US !!!! We will have to lock them away, else they will be gone before the day is out 🙂

Then a number 10 bus as our feet (and mummy and daddy’s ears) had endured enough, we got off at Kings Cross Station, found some sandwiches and crisps for lunch and waited for the train.

We really had a fun weekend despite the expected whinging when not in a toy shop or while walking 🙂 – next city, Edinburgh in the summer we think.

Take a look at some of the photos from the weekend below:

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Silcoates Juniors Cross Country Races

This afternoon was the date set for the Silcoates Juniors Cross Country running races and the boys were both scheduled to run.

Elliot was first up at 2:10pm and then Oliver’s year came in to run their race at 2:45pm.

The bigger children (Elliot’s year group and above) had to run nearly 3 times this distance as they ran all the way down to the bottom field and back, with the smaller children (years 1 and 2) running around the main field outside of the science block at the school.

First up was Elliot – seems he was quite tired at the end…

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and finally Olly came in 🙂

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Both finished 3rd from last – something to beat next year..

Daddy scratched / crashed mummy’s car again :-(

Yesterday, daddy managed to drive Bruce into a stationary bollard at the White Rose Shopping centre 🙁 He was faffing around on his phone (trilingual to secure Disney Infinity 2.0 Baymax for Olly apparently) and turne too sharply to the left as he drove out. A nice transfer of the red paint onto Bruce was the outcome with (fortunately for daddy) no actual damage, although there was paint in the nearside rear door, wheel arch, rear bumper AND wheel / tyre….

He was inspecting the handiwork while waiting for mummy to come out of the Marks and Spencer door when an elderly gent wandered over and said “you don’t want to scratch such a lovely car” to which daddy said “sadly it is a little law, I have caught the car on one of th bollards, but that’s not the worst of it, it’s not my car… It’s the wife’s and she is just about to come out of that door over there.”. The chap just said “oh, well if you let me move may car, you can pop yours in an I can watch to see what happens…..” Hilarious 🙂

At least there was no physical damage as the paint polished off easily when we got home but mummy did make the point that only daddy has wet crashed the car and that she has only ever taken great care of it….

Only took 3 months but the garbage disposal unit is FIXED

Daddy has finally got around to fixing the garbage disposal unit under the sink in the kitchen. The pneumatic switch broke three months ago and upon fitting a new switch, the unit did not work 🙁

Daddy has almost bought a new unit but decided to just try one last time to fix it before ordering the new unit. Good job he did as it just needed “rewinding” to remove whatever had also stopped the machine from spinning as well as resetting. Once these few small tasks were accomplished the machine kicked into life and we are now able to grind food in the sink once again 🙂

Of course we are also £300 better off as it only cost £5 for the new switch (in fairness it took 7 weeks for the switch to arrive from Hong Kong) and then 5 weeks to get around to trying to fix it…. 🙂