Today started well, then became a little bumpy before evening out nicely and ending pleasantly.
Jessica slept over at her Nanny’s house, so after Carl went to work it was just Alice and I here at home. I made fresh coffee and ate granola in the light of a beeswax candle with some gentle classical music playing on the background.
Jessica came home proudly bearing some cakes she had made. It is always so good to see her after she has had a night away.
After that it all got a bit bumpy. We had tickets for a spooky family fun day at Cressing Temple Barns which started at 11:00. By 12:00 with one thing and another we hadn’t left. It startes to rain. The pushchair wouldn’t fit in Mum’s boot. I banged my head strapping Alice’s car seat in…and she cried the whole way there.
When we got there I needed to feed her so we stopped in the tea shop. Jessica was impatient to get going and was terrifically grumpy and I had had enough. In the end Mum took Jessica to get started while I finslished feeding and settling Alice.
When I booked the tickets I thought £14 a child was quite expensive, but there was a lot to see and do and I think it was good value. There was a room with snakes and spiders, a fire eater (who ended up doing a dance instead as it was too windy), a man blowing giant bubbles, a puppet show, a ‘zombie disco’, face painting, and a slime-making workshop. Oh, and a pumpkin patch to choose a pumpkon from to take home.
I was freezing and tired and a bit fed up from earlier, but Jessica had a wonderful time, and Mum managed to find me not only a cup of tea but a cup of Earl Grey tea!
While we were waiting for face painting (over half an hour as there were only two ladies doing it. They were very nice ladies and did a fantastic job, but I don’t understand why children’s events never have enough face painters!) Jessica amused herself using a bale of hay to make a bed for some mini pumpkins. I love seeing her devise little games to amuse herself.
The slime making workshop was very good, and we now have a tub of yellow slime with purple glitter! I thought they were very brave running the workshops for 34 children at a time! It was fascinating watching it change from liquid to viscous slime.
Aside from the attractions and entertainments put on especially for the day, the barns and grounds themselves are utterly beautiful. While I was watching the puppet show, and watching the children watch the puppet show, I was wondering if similar entertainments took place here hundreds of years ago.
We were lucky in that there were only a couple of showers of rain, but oh my it was cold. With the dazzling autumn sunshine it was very beautiful, and the skies were stunning.
And now I am under a blanket working on crochet Christmas presents and sipping tea. Jessica is fast asleep, and I think I won’t be far behind her.