Thursday was the first day without the grandparents, shenanigans were at an all time high.
In Australia it was announced that “a new $1 coin featuring a slice of Vegemite toast on one side and the Queen’s face on the other has gone up for sale… The $1 coin celebrates the 100th anniversary of the iconic spread… On the flipside of the coin is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The 2023 year set will be the last one to feature the late Queen”. We will have to see if we can bring one back for the UK’s biggest Vegemite fan, Jo.
Also to the delight of probably more people in the UK than Australia, “Neighbours is back: Amazon resurrects hit soap. Three months after it stopped broadcasting, the Australian soap is being revived for a new series by the streaming giant, starring favourite old characters”.
After a week of fun in London, Friday morning was an Emma catch up. The kids were revving their engines at 06:00, “Mum, is Emma coming now? Why? Want Emma NOW!!!!”. They were quick into the kitchen to whip up some cupcakes.
At midday, we scoffed down some lunch and headed out to pick up Kirrie. Always a bit of fun having Super Mum in the back seat, the kids decided they would do a cheeky car seat switch. However, Lachlan did not really enjoy this so took over the wheel.
The weather was shocking, it was pelting down with gale-force winds so we figured we would go for a stroll out on an exposed peninsula to freeze our hands off.
We were running on the spot trying to stay warm while trying not to be blown into the water, all of a sudden, out of the blue a nuclear Astute Class Submarine just cruised by.
We waved to them, especially Lachlan, he loves a good wave. He was thrilled as they were waving back. It was pretty close.
The Astute class is the latest class of nuclear-powered fleet submarines in service with the Royal Navy. The boats are being constructed by BAE Systems Submarines at Barrow-in-Furness. Seven boats will be constructed: the first of class, Astute, was launched by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in 2007, commissioned in 2010, and declared fully operational in May 2014. The Astute class is the replacement for the Trafalgar-class fleet submarines in Royal Navy service.
After an interesting stroll, we headed home for hot chocolates and to defrost. Friday night was the final secondees catch up for the year. Bill was in the good books with the kids as he selected an Italian restaurant.
Saturday morning we were up bright and early, just after 05:00 for the Talbots wedding. We were disappointed we could not be there in person. You all looked amazing, Xavier was especially cute. Massive congratulations and thank you Jade for walking us about, it was lovely to chat with a few of you. Looking forward to celebrating in a few weeks!
After the ceremony the kids had fully woken up and it was time for their morning dance ritual.
Super Mum rushed Eloise off to Football Buzz, Eloise was excited after missing her session last week while we were in London.
Meanwhile, the Bromptons Bros had a tube to change while waiting for the wedding speeches to commence. Grandpa Dave, thank you for reading out our Glaswegian words.
After freezing on Friday, Saturday was much clearer, it was beanies on and to the Style Mile which was perhaps the busiest we have ever seen.
After putting a significant dent in the Christmas souvenir shopping, Lachlan had woken up and was eager to chase his beloved pigeons in George Square. There was possibly the largest real Christmas tree we have seen as the city prepares to switch on the Christmas lights.
Sunday was a bittersweet lunch with perhaps our last catch up with the Vines before they head home to check on the turtle. Super Mum had made her signature orzotto and the kids were buzzing, they are seriously going to miss you both.
After lots of fun and games, Lachlan was not done and decided to up the stakes in his games room.
Turns out, Grandma had timed her trip poorly, as we managed to acquire the secondee coffee machine!
In the afternoon the 2022 FIFA World Cup started with the new Semi-automated offside technology bringing controversy three minutes into the tournament’s first match.