Sunday, 6 September 2015

weekend miscellany




I haven't written a weekend post for a while but this one has been a whopper of a weekend and I ought to do it justice. The weather was amazing, which was greatly appreciated by all. 

We've all been busy with different things.

Richard was up North on the Applecross peninsula to participate in the Bealach na Ba cycling challenge, an annual fixture in his cycling calendar. This year was the first in many when the weather was not dreadful. He had a great time with the customary steak pie for main course and apple pie for pudding, no doubt washed down with a bottle of beer. He looks happy and I am happy for him. 

Sam did his qualifying Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition on the Isle of Arran. How lucky they have been with the weather, it couldn't have been much better! Sam got up at 5:30 on Saturday. It seemed a little early for a 7am departure time, particularly since his hiking pack was ready since Thursday... he did bring me a coffee at 6:45, which was very nice. In fact, he has been a very nice teenager lately. Long may it last. Sam was a very happy young man when he came home. He said the whole team enjoyed each other's company, the walking and camping in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland. He is relaxing with his feet in a plastic bucket full of warm water. 

Annie, Alistair, James and I were holding the fort.

The early start meant that I had done two loads of washing and the weekly shop by 11am, leaving the rest of the day for leisurely activities. The little boys and I took Jack for a long walk along the canal and the Kelvin walkway to the Botanics and back. James and Alistair were cycling, I was walking. Jack was mostly running. It was really lovely. The photos were taken on this walk. We spent the rest of the afternoon in the garden, playing and knitting. I did briefly look at my box of bulbs but couldn't bring up the motivation to start gardening. 

After a dinner of macharoni and cheese we went to a camping planning meeting. Regular readers will know that we usually go camping with friends at the end of September. A successful camping trip needs to be planned carefully. Anything really as an excuse for a fun get together. The planning meeting was excellent, a campsite was selected and many options for camping entertainment were discussed, including a group onesie, a Nerf battle, a petanque tournament with fake French moustaches and more. Not all will be realised (I hope). The group onesie came up because last year, we saw a family sporting all similar fluffy onesies, which they seemed to wear for the duration of the camping weekend. Sometimes with even fluffier dressing gowns on top. It was quite funny to see them file past our tents.... We left the party planning meeting well after midnight, with the little boys declaring they were not tired at all. 

Richard's absence was very convenient because we were also able to plan for his 50th Birthday. I can't divulge any details as he is a regular reader but be sure to check back in in a few weeks to see what we did. 

Sunday was another good day. I didn't sleep so well and got up quite early. I am blaming a self-filling glass of Prosecco. James got up early, too but Alistair and Annie slept until 10am. After breakfast we took Jack for a walk in the woods and then got ready for the fortnightly community club. I had a lot of paperwork to prepare and print because I somehow managed to get myself more involved in the club than I had planned but I suppose my kids enjoy the activities (sports, craft, books and games) and it is only fair that I should volunteer. It was the beginning of the new club year and we had nearly 40 people renewing their memberships, and quite a few came to find out more. It is going to be a good club year. I like the community spirit in this neighbourhood of ours. Do you have anything like this were you live?

By the time the club was finished, I was utterly exhausted. Dinner was pasta for the littlest ones, a marrow bone for Jack, fish & chips or chips with curry sauce for the big ones. I do love chips with curry sauce! I'll eat an apple tomorrow. I promise.

It is only 9pm but I am off to bed to listen to my favourite Sunday night podcast. 

I hope you all had a nice weekend. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you all a good week. Cxx

17 comments:

  1. It sounds like a very satisfyingly busy weekend, Christina. I'm glad it went well and you had fun and got things done too. I look forward to hearing more about your camping trip and Richard's birthday festivities too. Hope you have a good week. :)

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  2. A great family week end with lots of personal achievements, the camping trip sounds like it will be a great laugh I hope we get to see you all in your onsies :-)

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  3. Your weekend sounds brilliant, Just the kind of weekend I like, busy but busy doing nice things with nice people. I never sleep well after self-filling glasses of wine either. I'm sure I used to sleep like a baby after a few drinks when I was younger, but not any more sadly. xx

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  4. That sounds like a brilliant weekend. Roll on the next one eh?!

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  5. Oh yes, chips and curry sauce, love that. It sounds like a humdinger of a weekend. The community spirit is quite strong here, although we don't have a club like that. Lots of people are involved in things like the town In Bloom and litterbusting and things. Wishing you a good week. CJ xx

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  6. What a great weekend, Christina! I feel like I might need a cup of tea and a short nap after reading about it though. :-) I've forgotten how crazy and hectic life with multiple children in the house can get!

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  7. Sounds wonderful, particularly a fish shop supper one of my favourites. My life these days is quite sedate unless the family visit.

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  8. Sounds like a great weekend! Do you know I have never had chips and curry sauce, must get round to that someday! I hope that the fluffy onesies happens on the camping trip because it sounds very snuggly and I would love to see your photos of that! I hope that this week will be just as good as your weekend was! xx

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  9. Sounds like a lovely family weekend. I always have a pot of curry sauce when I have fish & chips I'm really hoping my husband is home tonight so I can have some xx

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  10. That sounds like a fantastic weekend, Christina! Well done to Sam for completing his expedition; big daughter did hers a couple of years ago and whilst she didn't enjoy it much at the time (horizontal rain for the whole weekend), she's glad she did it now. I'm rooting for the fluffy onesies as well - you can't back it of it now, we're waiting for the photos! :-) xx

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  11. What a lot to pack in, in one weekend! Sounds fun and busy. Congratulations on Sam's D of E achievement I am glad the weather held out for him. I admire all the young people who take part in this award at what ever level it is an achievement they should be justly proud of. I have been out assessing three different expeditions this summer the work that they put in to get to that point is tremendous and I just turn up at the end to do my little bit :)

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  12. Oh my so much going on, but it all sounds so lovely. I am glad everyone had a chance to do their own thing and had a great time doing it. You will need to get back to your regular week just to get some rest.
    Meredith

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  13. What a busy weekend, all nice things though! Fluffy onesies sound just the thing for a camping trip :-) btw I loved your precious post with the story of Frederick, collecting rays of sunshine and rainbows of colours for the long winter. Lovely thought xx

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  14. Hey Christina,
    I love chips and curry sauce! Haven't had it for years. I do enjoy full weekends like this, although I find my recovery time gets longer and longer with each passing year. Beautiful photographs.
    Have a lovely week.
    Leanne xx

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  15. Your weekend sounds like a busy but fun one. I wish we've got a community club like yours around here. I'm looking forward to your camping trip at the end of the month. I did notice lots of people, kids and grown ups alike, wearing onesies when we were camping.
    Is that a camping trend? The kids looked cute but the grown ups just looked ridiculous! X

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  16. Sounds like a really great, busy, happy weekend. My husband was 50 whilst we were on holiday this year,so I had lots of pre planning to do too, to make sure he had a lovely day. It was almost as much fun planning his birthday as his actual birthday was. X

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  17. what a busy weekend! Well done to your DofE expeditionist!

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