Thursday, February 25, 2016

Holiday Highlights

This week has raced by already and our week off seems a while back now. I hope that  you were lucky enough to get some time with your children?

I had a mixed week, spending a few days in school, interspersed with some fun time with the people I love.

The half-term started with a children's disco night here at school, organised by our excellent Friends Association.   Lots of dreadful dancing and smiles...haha.  Great fun and the children loved the experience.

On Sunday I spend a relaxing afternoon in Greenwich and then went for a sweet Italian meal nearer home.

Monday I was in Broadstairs, trying to fix a cooker at the cottage.  It did at least give me an excuse to take in one of my favourite views.  

On Tuesday I spent the afternoon in Deal, another great seaside town, full of character.

We love going to the market by the church on a Saturday morning and then mouching through the many sweet shops, galleries and side streets.  We always have to visit the Pet Shop to look at the fish...  

and play one of our favourite games.....which dog basket would we buy...if we were buying one... which we never are!

We then walk through the quaint back streets to the sea front and out along the Pier. On the way we pass the fishermen and inspect their catches becoming stopping in the stunning cafe at the end of the Pier.

It serves a most excellent hot chocolate or pot of tea...and it's well worth the walk for the view alone!

On the Wednesday I took Chloe and my mum up to London for the day.

We started at The Greenwich Peninsular to take the Cable Car ride over the River Thames.  It was a fabulous experience and something every one of you should do.  It isn't that expensive...£1.75 per child (one way) and £3.50 for adults...and is just great fun, with wonderful views along both sides of the Thames.  I'd never realised just how close the Thames Barrier flood defences were.

The rest of the day was spent visiting Galleries.  

First we went to the National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square as Chloe wanted to see the Vogue 100 years exhibition.  

They even had a dinosaur on a Plinth in Trafalgar Square, keeping guard on Lord Nelson.

After lunch we walked along the Strand to the Royal Academy of Arts to see the Monet to Matisse Exhibition.

Both were excellent exhibitions.  We walked back through Green Park, past Buckingham Palace and then up the Mall.

I spent Thursday & Friday catching up with a couple of long time friends who live over near Windsor.  On Friday morning we had a lovely walk through Virginia Water.

I came across this 100 foot Totem Pole, given as a present to the Queen by Canada.

We even went past the Guards Polo Field that adjoins the park.

The weekend was mainly about taking Timmy for walks.  First in the village where I live and then in Blean Wood.  

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