Monday started as a fairly normal week, while Eloise was at nursery, Lachlan enjoyed his second session at the Fun Hut outdoor playgroup, crafting and playing with cars, a good way to spend a Monday.
By Tuesday the whole house was down and out with gastro and not doing well. To top it off Liam and Lachlan had also developed full-blown man and boy flu on top of it and were going to require significant looking after.
Eloise seemed to be the only one unphased by it all and was luckily still looking forward to nursery and dance. Lachlan enjoyed a short stint searching for dino books while waiting for Eloise, it was hard being locked up inside.
The big news Tuesday was that Google’s rapidly developed artificial intelligence program, Bard, launched in the United States and the United Kingdom to rival OpenAI’s ChatGPT. “It is seen as a do-or-die moment for the company”. Which is a bit mental that the 1.4 trillion US dollar company is under serious threat.
Wednesday was a truly miserable day. Although Eloise had a great time on the tools again.
Thursday, we were starting to feel vaguely human and were back to work. The kids definitely seemed to have more energy. Just what we needed. Eloise has taught Lachlan how to pull everything off our bed and then launch onto it, Xavier style. This is the usual state of our bedroom now.
It was a tough week trying to keep up with these two when not feeling too well.
We had to pull out the big guns with the kids’ Zumba classes again.
On Thursday in Australia, “Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the proposed question Australians will be asked at this year’s referendum and the draft constitutional amendment that would enable an Indigenous Voice to Parliament… A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?”
By Friday, the smiles were back. In the afternoon, while Lachlan was having a much-needed nap, Eloise made her new baby which she was quick to call “Ella Bella”, after a few confusing stories with Dad explaining how she had come up with the name, Super Mum quickly connected the dots that it was supposed to be Isabel, her friend from nursery and dance.
Once Lachlan was awake, “playground” was the shout, fair enough. We could all do with some fresh air.
Saturday morning, “Chris Minns says New South Wales has voted “for a fresh start” after guiding Labor to election victory, with a majority government likely [or maybe not now…]”. The kids were not interested in NSW news as they slurped up their morning babyccinos.
The kids loved the Hahndorf children’s petting farm in Australia so we thought we would check out Cloybank Farm. From the moment we arrived, we could tell this was a bit of an odd establishment. To tell you the truth, we were all just happy to be outside. We grabbed some animal food and went on an adventure. Lachlan was interested in the alpacas.
Eventually, Lachlan ran out of alpaca food after feeding them one grain at a time and we made our way down to check out the other animals.
At the farm shop, Eloise had chosen the sheep food and was excited as we made our way down to see the sheep. However, just as she had got a handful and made her way towards the sheep the big crazy mega sheep enthusiastically approached at speed scaring Eloise.
Country Super Mum distracted the big crazy mega sheep while Eloise fed her sheep of choice to the side while wearing her blue sheep jumper.
Once we ran out of food the kids were zipping about to see what other animals they could see, the turkeys were entertaining.
After we were done with the petting farm we made our way past the anti-social coo to see what else this bizarre place offered. Eloise was a big fan of the tyre maze, while Lachlan looked straight past it to find a scooter.
After an hour or so we were all done with the bizarre farm. We were not far from the fake Stirling, so decided to head into the city to see what it had to offer. Parking was a bit tricky on a Saturday so we used our free Stirling Castle parking. We did a quick walk into the castle and found an exhibition which we had not seen before.
We made our way down towards the city through the Old Town Cemetry which had a nice lookout view of Stirling Castle and its surroundings.
An interesting shop caught out attention called Tinsel & Tartan. Your all-year-round Christmas supplies store.
Saturday evening, childhood hero, Liverpool legend and ex-Rangers coach, Steven Gerrard, was taking the piss out of the Celtic supporters at Anfield during a Liverpool vs Celtic charity match which caused more than a reaction up this end of the UK. For the first time, tickets were readily available and fairly cheap. Not going to lie, there is a big part of me jealous we did not head down for the match. In hindsight, it was certainly a lucky call after the week that was.
Sunday morning the clocks had shifted forwards an hour so we could all pretend we had a sleep-in, woohoo. We finally got to catch up with Emma at the playground while we enjoyed the sun and almost double-digit weather, we could not believe the snow on the mountains not far away.
It was a new playground for Eloise and Lachlan to check out, all the kids had brought their footballs.
After a good run about the kids had not forgotten the coffee treats promised afterward. As we made our way to coffee Liam had his eyes on the skies as “plane enthusiasts have turned out to see the world’s largest commercial airliner make a return to Glasgow. The last time the Emirates Airbus A380 was in Scotland was in September 2019”. However, sadly it approached from the south.
In the afternoon we had a lovely Aussie get-together to celebrate a special four-year-old’s birthday. Lachlan was loving the toy collection and Chloe had control of all the kids outside.