It’s been a bit of a mixed weekend in several ways. The weather has been all over the place – glorious sunshine followed by torrential rain and wind. Also, Clive has been ill. I’m not sure what’s wrong; it seems to be a flu with sore throat, headaches and fever, but he’s also been quite sick in a literal sense. He managed to keep some food down last night for the first time since Thursday so hopefully he’s on the mend.
Having seen the weather forecast on Saturday morning, I decided to make the best of a sunny morning and took Lucy to the park. Hatherley park, to be specific. We played, and admired the wild flower meadow, and fed the ducks. I showed Lucy how to take thistle seeds and make them fly away like fairies.
We did have to do some shopping, but I tried to break it up a bit. We went to Wholefoods and she had a play on their play area while I got us steak burgers from their barbecue. They were really good burgers – I worried she would struggle with hers, but she got through it. Washed down with fresh smoothies they were perfect in the sunshine.
We did our shopping then headed home as the clouds gathered and, as predicted, the skies opened. On Sunday I was determined not to let the weather keep us at home. It seemed an ideal time to visit our local museum and check out their “Meet Rex” dinosaur exhibition.
Normally the museum is free to get into. This had a small charge but as there were lots of extra, interactive, displays it seemed worth the £6 for me – Lucy was free as she’s under 4. She enjoyed the dinosaur displays once she had got over her initial nervousness. They were very large and had roaring noises, which I’d imagine might be a bit overwhelming for a 3 year old. But she was pretty brave and once the museum staff had shown her the dinosaurs weren’t real, she enjoyed it.
She loved this interactive game where you had to build the skeletons out of bone pieces. There were several different games, some of which were a bit old for her, but there were a couple she could definitely manage and was good at this one.
This was Lucy imitating the triceratops. She’s a bit fascinated by dinosaurs at the moment, so getting to see some actual ones (sort of) was really exciting for her. Afterwards we went through the rest of the museum displays hunting for mini dinosaurs which had been dotted about in amongst the exhibits.
Then we headed back out into the rain. With our admission to the museum we were given a bunch of money off vouchers for local businesses, one of which was for the Boston Tea Party café, just round the corner from the museum, so we went there for hot chocolate and cake.
And then, we did something rather unexpected. It turns out that a bunch of people were organising a world record attempt for largest street dance, in the town centre. Lucy loves dancing and, without really understanding what it was, she asked if we could take part. And so we did, in the pouring rain. We had to dance for five minutes. It was great fun. We were completely soaked already so we danced about with over a thousand other people, in the rain. Quite a lot of people had dressed up in 1950s jive clothing which was lovely to see. It was also lovely that nobody seemed to mind the weather.
The event was to raise money for Winston’s Wish, a children’s bereavement charity, so of course we dropped some money in their buckets afterwards. The record attempt was successful, which I guess means Lucy and I are now world record holders. For dancing, which, if you’ve ever seen me dance, seems unlikely! The rest of the afternoon was spent at home baking, painting and snuggling on the sofa. Which is probably the more sensible way to spend a wet Sunday.
For this post I’m linking up with Em over at Snowing Indoors for the ‘Point and Shoot’ linky.