This is the monster on the top of the ghost train. It's not nearly as scary during the day time as it is at night! Phoebe got quite close to inspect it - but it's anamatronic and it moves when you least expect it!
Again, I don't usually put my children in cages. But this ride was brilliant value!
Quite cheap and the man running it got distracted with a conversation with a friend, so we had a VERY long ride for our £1!
And here's our haul! (All of which I could have bought cheaper at the Pound Shop, but that's not the point!)
And because it's St Giles' Fair, we took a break and went into the church to eat our sandwiches and listen to some bell ringing!
I was looking after these six (yes, six!) children in the park on Friday.
no hardship, except for the fact that there were 5/6 young teenage kids
sat on the platform at the top of the slide, smoking, swearing loudly and generally being as obnoxious as they could. I pointed out that
their language was unacceptable (I was helping two two years olds past
them), and that they were way to old to be on a children's climbing
frame. Their response was that they had nowhere else to go, and that
everything else was ******* ****, and besides there was no age limit
stated anywhere on the climbing frame.
My response was that there's no age limit on wearing nappies (diapers) either, it's just not something you would do if you didn't have to! And I questioned whether this was really the best use of their time. If, Heaven forbid, they were to get knocked down by a car tomorrow, would they really be happy knowing this was how they'd spent their last day? Seriously?
Anyway, they slunk off after a while. But, I read this today, which made me think of those teenagers.
(And also made my Mother's voice ring in my head. During my teenage years she often said "Well, what makes you so special? Why should life be easier for you than it is for everyone else?")
On a brighter note; these rhinos were decorated by different schools in Oxfordshire and placed in various places to raise awareness for woa-rhino.
Also, on Sunday we got to go out to Red Star Noodles - yum, yum!
The staff at Red Star are so lovely! The service is unnaturally quick, our starter arrived before we had even finished ordering; and they love children! Yummy, fresh, oriental food with LOTS of veggie options! What a treat!
It was all going so well, until Phoebe tripped over on the timber trail
and bashed her mouth. Luckily no teeth lost this time! But it did take a
few days for her lip to go back to it's normal size.
As you can see her lip still hadn't gone down two days later when we went swimming.
On second thoughts, I shouldn't have let the children mess around with my phone taking pictures in the changing room. It slipped off the bench on to the floor and cracked the screen :-(
Thank Godness for the lovely Indian guys on the Cowley Road, who fixed it in an hour!
I've found that I'm a bit dependent on my phone!
In other news, there was a wedding at our church. Here's the beautiful bride who was so kind and gracious, and had long conversations with Phoebe when I'm sure she had many more important things to be doing! Many Congratulations to the newly wed Mr and Mrs Edmonds! Wishing you many happy years together!
And, apart from that, we're having lots of picnics. Got to make the most of the good weather while it lasts!
Apart from that, there's been the small matter of the Olympics. Did everyone watch the opening ceremony?
It was last used many years ago in the warm and dusty climate of equatorial Africa.
We had a lovely fish and chip supper with our friends. And getting ready for bed in the tent was fun. However, we had the double whammy of a rain-storm, coupled with a very light evening (this photo was taken around 9pm) and dawn arriving at about 4.30am.
As it turns out; the tent leaks quite badly! Here is a picture of a puddle of water inside the tent. :-(
Can you see the water streaming through the walls of the tent.
The last straw was finding out that our milk had been knocked over in the night, and when we opened the food bag, our cereal spilled everywhere.
So, we packed up as quickly as we could, and went and had hot chocolate and coffee and fresh pastries at the service station! Definitely the high point of the weekend!
Oh, and my car got stuck in the mud and had to be pushed out.
This is what we call "character-building" apparently!