On Wednesday, Dad was back to the 06:00 starts. During the day the kids were enjoying sunny Glasgow and the freedom of no pram touring. Operation Lachnado Walk had commenced, all systems go!
Once Dad had finished work in the afternoon we headed to the park, perhaps Lachlan just needed some extra space for those first steps. We also had to check out how Eloise’s beloved ducks and cygnets had been without her. Lachlan’s movements are most accurately described as meerkatesque. He regularly pops up to see what it is like before ducking back down to scamper off at turbo speed like a meerkat.
With the great weather, the kids made the most of it.
After a big day of walking boot camp Lachlan enjoyed a messy plate of sweet potatoes before his Big Sister helped him up to the bath.
On Wednesday it was reported that “twice as many Aussies heading overseas since borders opened, but numbers still lag well below pre-pandemic norm”. C’mon everyone, we need you all to start flying so they actually open some international flights to Adelaide. It is currently one of the most remote places in the world.
Thursday morning, Eloise finally cracked into our special pack of Tim Tams, we were saving them for an emergency situation but gave in to the temptation. Thank you, Jennine and Bill, they went down a treat. Way better than penguins.
Full of sugar, Eloise was more than excited for Gymboree.
After Gymboree, Eloise was feeling a little too confident. She tried to jump down the stairs by herself. We are sure you can all imagine how that went. When Mum asked what happened, Eloise’s boisterous response was “me trying to jump down stairs, it hurt”. From what we heard, there were a few minor bumps and bangs, nothing a couple of marshmallows could not fix. Luckily we did not need another A&Eloise visit. We thought it was best we went and let her do some climbing though.
Lachlan had been showing strong symptoms of spaghetti withdrawal. He was a happy boy over dinner.
Friday morning, the kids were glad to be back at Head Over Heels “Hoolies” session, they had missed these activities last week. A big highlight for all on the weekly calendar.
After all the action, the kids then went to the library to read some new stories.
We then raced home for lunch with the “babies”. It appears we do not get a seat anymore.
Friday “[had] been the hottest day of the year in the UK for the third day in a row… But despite the warm weather in the south of the UK, the Met Office pointed out a marked difference in temperature further north with Glasgow recording 13.7C just after midday”. Liam is still cooling down from the Vatican City.
The news was also travelling quickly around the UK that “the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest cannot be held in Ukraine given the ongoing war in the country, the European Broadcasting Union says, adding it was in talks with the BBC to host it in the United Kingdom”. Probably the only time we will have the chance to watch it, although everyone hopes that Ukraine is in a much better position soon. In other news, because we all love drones, or we should all love drones at least, “school meal drone delivery trialled in Scotland”.
This morning we had planned to have a relaxing catch-up day at home. However, the kids were ready to rock ‘n’ roll. It was looking like it was shaping up to be a nice day and Super Mum had the brilliant idea of a picnic, so she whipped up a few snacks before we returned to the National Museum of Rural Life. After a half-hour drive south, out of nowhere, it started bucketing, in Scotland, who could have seen that coming. We dashed inside to stay dry.
Eloise and Lachlan were excited to check out the garden detectives section, it had been closed their last visit due to COVID-19. There were no buttons, but lots of stickers and flaps to flip.
The skies were starting to clear but before our picnic, Eloise wanted to check out the animals on the farm. “Me like animals Dad, me like all the animals. Not Lachlan, Lachlan no like animals, Lachlan animals scary”. Even better, the kids got to go on the tractor ride to the farm. Dad could not be bothered deconstructing the Batmobile so made it on foot.
Across Scotland, it is common to see these nifty rising gate hinges. They are subtly clever in design. Not only does the bottom pivot separate, kind of cool, but the top pivot stays connected. When opened this causes the end of the gate to rise slightly, thus always ensuring that it falls back to the centre closed position.
Eloise’s favourite animals are the pigs. Although she funnily comments on how bad they smell “disssgusssting”. She was a bit confused why they do not look like her best friend Peppa.
We took Lachlan to see his archenemy, Mr Horse. After his previous encounter Lachlan was prepared this time. Lachlan was comfortable confronting Mr Horse from the safety behind the wee fences.
Finally, there was some Scottish blue in the sky again and we headed back to the playground and picnic area.
To make the most of the sun, it was about time we chose some seeds for Super Mum’s self-watering (because you need that in Scotland) propagators which she received for her birthday last year.
Thankfully we had Eloise to help set up the propagators.
Lettuce prices are going crazy in Australia at the moment? $11.99 each, what! Fortunately, this has not happened in the UK yet. Although, this is probably the only thing cheaper than in Australia, and the beautiful Scottish water.
It was early nights for all as we had a mammoth day ahead of us.