We all had a really lovely time and it was interesting to see how quickly the children made friends with each other. The boys broke the ice instantly when Fred brought out his "crazy bones" while the girls took a bit longer to get talking. In fact it actually started with lots of giggling as Daisy took on the role of Number 1 Clown and entertained them all with her vast repertoire of bizarre faces. After that they were all firm friends!
Meanwhile Sarah, Lisa and I had a lovely time chatting over hot chocolate and cake.
We then went to visit the incredibly ugly fish in the Winter Gardens
followed by a trip to Milo's favourite part of the museum - the old fashioned "house" where children could play with pots and pans etc - at one stage I think all 7 children were crammed in the tiny space!
This particular section of the museum was really interesting as they had displays comparing life/food/expenditure/income etc in 1919, 1949, 1969 and 1999 - amazingly in the first two years a pint of beer was actually cheaper than a loaf of bread!
But it was this display that really caught my attention
I immediately thought "Oooooh! Look at that gorgeous knitted bunny!"
Then I read the caption underneath
and was so disappointed with how it was phrased about how "people had to make do with home made toys" - I know this is how it would have seemed then but it still seems sad to me!
It was really lovely to see Sarah again and to meet Lisa for the first time and all the children were so well behaved and friendly - a great day! (even if ours did end with an extortionately expensive school shoe shopping session!!!)
Then yesterday we finally made it back up to the allotment after about 4 months of avoiding it! Because this is really a "craft blog" I have decided to create a special allotment blog over here so I can keep a record but you don't have to read it if you don't want to!!!!