Project 365 2018 Week 32 Days 217 – 223
Sunday 5th August – Day 217
We’d been invited to Countryfile Live again this year and were there from opening until closing time. But it was so hot, we didn’t cover anywhere near as much ground as normal, but still had a great day out.
Monday 6th August – Day 218
I went to work in the morning, dashed home for a quick sandwich and then headed down to London with my son. We’d been invited to afternoon tea at Claridge’s to celebrate the release of the new Disney film Christopher Robin. We were treated to a reading by Jim Cummings (the voice of Pooh and Tigger), it was a magical afternoon.
Tuesday 7th August – Day 219
We had a quiet start to the day after a late evening yesterday, and then headed over to Canons Ashby, to spend the rest of the day with Emma and her son (Bubba Blue and Me). We had lunch, looked round the house whilst the boys completed the stolen laundry activities and spent time chatting whilst the boys played with sticks and logs in the den building area.
Wednesday 8th August – Day 220
Work for me and a quiet afternoon at home with my son once I got back. It’s International Cat Day, which apparently means that Brewster can sleep wherever he likes. So he chooses the most uncomfortable spot in the house!
A quiet, normal day turned on its head in the evening as we literally ended up with 6 marked police cars, two unmarked, one armed response vehicle and two ambulances outside our house down the cul-de-sac. Shortly followed by the air ambulance medics. It was like being on a movie set, very surreal. A man was brought back to the ambulance on a stretcher and shortly after whisked away. Apparently he’d been speeding around the estates in our town, abandoned the car and headed into our estate. There’s talk of guns, drugs and money being involved. I’m just glad that we were safely indoors and that the police got their man. Needless to say, my son loved watching all the action from the landing window and it was 10pm before he was tucked up in bed asleep.
Thursday 9th August – Day 221
Kids go for £1 on Thursdays on the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway during the summer holidays so that’s where we headed this morning. We’ve not been on the line since my son was very small so he couldn’t remember it. We were a little shocked to be greeted by rain! We got there with lots of time to spare so my son had the pick of the carriages and the train was packed by the time we departed. We had a rover ticket so could take as many trips on the railway as we wanted.
We decided to pop over to Hughenden Manor for lunch and a wander. Somewhere else we’ve not been for a while, and not since my son has had his NT Passport. The idea being that we’d pop back over to the railway for the last ride of the day, before heading home.
But we spent longer walking around the grounds of Hughenden Manor than I’d envisaged with the weather being as it was, and by the time we left, my son decided that he was happy to go straight home. So that’s what we did. I think the late night had caught up with him.
Friday 10th August – Day 222
Work for me, grabbed a quick lunch, packed the car and headed off to Monmouth to stay with Suzanne from Chickenruby for a couple of days. The traffic wasn’t too bad and we arrived after two and half hours in the car.
My son settled in fairly quickly and was soon chatting away, poor Suzanne, no peace for the next few days!
After dinner we had a walk around Monmouth and look who we found! It was our first visit to the area and the fresh air after the drive was much-needed. I then put my son to bed and spent the evening chatting and catching up with Suzanne.
Saturday 11th August – Day 223
This little chap slept in til almost 8.30! Unheard of. Once we’d had breakfast we headed out for the day. A coffee stop at Old Station Tintern Tearoom was a big hit and started the day off well. Set at the old station, there’s a signal box which was set up for a wedding, carriages and a woodland. My son was in his element.
We made a quick stop my Tintern Abbey to take photos and then headed to Chepstow to explore the town and castle. We stood on the bridge overlooking the castle and Severn river with one foot in England and one foot in Wales, before exploring Chepstow castle itself. Suzanne and I got ‘bombed’ by a bird much to my son’s amusement. Luckily we got cleaned up fairly easily and then sat in a park to have our picnic lunch.
On the way back to Monmouth we stopped at The Kymin and my son got another stamp for his NT passport. Pizza for tea and then a long walk around town to tire my son out. Wishful thinking! I think it wore us out more than him. But it was a lovely way to end our day.