Lachlan was exceptionally happy on Monday as he stared the week at “Juju jjuuu juuuu jjjjujujuu’s” house.
At work CG and I managed to finally get our hands on the Tropical Irn-Bru can. Not my favourite, I prefer the ice cream one.
This week at Eloise’s nursery it was Sports Week, the first event was an egg and spoon race. Eloise told us she had a “naughty cheeky egg” and it kept jumping off.
Dinner had to be scoffed down quickly on Monday night so the kids could jump back in the pool to cool off before bedtime. Of course, there were ice lollies too. It was seriously hot Monday as “Scotland has recorded its hottest day of the year so far, with Threave in Dumfries and Galloway reaching 30.7C”.
Tuesday morning, after Eloise had been dropped off at nursery, Lachlan was in a particularly cheeky mood as he had full rein of Eloise’s room.
The heatwave continued to be relentless as the inside of the house had started to become unbearable, especially upstairs. Lachlan braved the heat and took his baby for a quick stroll down the street searching for local cats to make sure they were coping.
In Italia, Nali and Grandpa DAVE continued to follow the coast down to Noto where they found an impressive cathedral and theatre, Teatro comunale Tina Di Lorenzo.
Eloise’s Sports Day activity was bean bag throwing which Eloise said was “very tricky” but she managed to land one and was quite happy with herself.
Tuesday was especially hot, another day pushing 30°C. With no air conditioning in sight, the office was not a pretty place to be, especially as I have to play it cool as the Aussie, I was secretly struggling inside. We need the rain back! “UK heatwave: When will it rain in Glasgow? Met Office forecast how long the warm weather will last”.
Super Mum had used her magic to find another mumma offloading a stack of free dance shoes around the corner and urgently sent Liam to collect. When we all arrived home after dance, Eloise could not believe it, Lachlan was equally excited and got his tap on.
It was another quick picnic dinner outside before the heat and pollen had their effect. Eloise then read Lachlan his bedtime book.
Wednesday morning the kids were having fun playing together with Grandma Nicholls’ beading set. Lachlan is fast at threading the beads on, however, his favourite part is flinging them into every corner of the room once he is done with a massive chuckle. Although he does do a good job picking them up before going again.
Wednesday we had to call in the water guns after dinner to stay cool. The mean boys had ganged up on Eloise, but Eloise held her ground and fought back against both of them. Lachlan was having a jolly good time.
Worryingly the heat had well and truly settled inside the house. It was nighttime books downstairs which Eloise thought was a special treat.
On Wednesday “junior doctors in Scotland are set to strike after rejecting a pay offer made by the Scottish government”. To rub salt in the wounds, “doctors on strike in UK targeted by billboards and tweets amid South Australia Health recruitment drive”. Good one SA!
The Italian exploring was still going strong, looks like Hannah is not sick of Grandpa DAVE’s jokes… Yet…
Thursday during the morning shop, Lachlan struck gold, finding the good stuff. Dad, Eloise and Lachlan were all quick to crack into an ice cream brew. Although Lachlan had completely stripped off by then to work on his full body tan, that photo went straight into his 21st folder. Super Mum surprisingly preferred the tropical brew.
In the evening the gals were all dressed up and were looking their best, they had an exciting show lined up. Super Mum was keen for a lovely shot with Eloise but Eloise was more focused on funny faces.
We grabbed a Happy Meal on the way, however, Eloise did not even make it to Maccas.
We arrived early and joined the line for Emma, Juju and Molly’s dance show. Eloise was looking forward to seeing her friends perform.
Eloise had a great time dancing on her chair and waving to Molly throughout the show, however, she was struggling to stay awake after the interval. It was a long night.
With all this dance excitement da boyz were feeling a bit left out so decided to hit the local pub. Lachlan was keen for some pub grub on Flamin’ Thursday. We were in such a rush Lachlan forgot his shoes.
Thursday was an exciting day for Nali and Grandpa DAVE as they all passed through the Valley of the Temples one of the top attractions in Sicily.
Exciting news Thursday from Glagsow, “Banksy show officially authorised by elusive street artist to open in Glasgow… A new solo exhibition by Banksy – the graffiti artist’s first in 14 years – will reveal the stencils used to create many of his most famous works for the first time… Banksy, who has never revealed his true identity, said he was drawn to GoMA because of the traffic cone that sits on the head of the 1844 statue of the Duke of Wellington outside the gallery. The cone has been placed on the statue by members of the public for more than four decades, and has become a Glasgow institution in its own right”. Nali and Grandpa DAVE may need to return to GOMA. We are quite excited after missing the Banksy exhibition in Amsterdam.
Thursday in Beijing, China, Eloise’s favourite football team was playing Australia. It took only 80 seconds for “Lionel Messi secured another career first, scoring the fastest goal of his international career as Argentina condemned the Socceroos to a 2-0 loss in Beijing”.
In other Australian news, to celebrate 100 mitey years of Vegemite, Bega released an almost AUD$300 “fine silver mini jar replica”. Which is clearly what the Australian people need right now. Unbelievably they are out of stock already.
It was then a quick library stop to calm down before Hoolies, although there was no calming Lachlan down, he was PUMPED!!!!
At Hoolies, Lachlan’s balance was impressive on the climbing frame, Eloise was trying to teach Lachlan how to hang upside down but he was getting frustrated that he could not get his legs up.
We managed to sign Eloise, Lachlan and Emma up to gymnastics classes after the summer. They will have a great time. To celebrate we invited ourselves over to Emma’s house.
The girls played really well together, taking turns pushing each other on Emma’s swing. They were telling each other that they do not like to go too high.
Finally, after a scorchio taps-aff week, the cool change had arrived and we could sit outside in peace.
Dinner was cut short as it finally started to rain again and we had to celebrate by running around the backyard with ice creams. Who would have thought we would be wishing for rain in Scotland, although to be fair “the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warns Scotland is facing a growing threat of water shortages. It said every part of the country had now reached some level of scarcity. But Sepa has forecast 28 of 83 areas of Scotland could be at significant scarcity – its highest level of risk – by 30 June”.
Friday, Nali and Grandpa DAVE were exploring Palermo, capital of the Italian island of Sicily.
Rosalia, nicknamed la Santuzza (“the Little Saint”), is the patron saint of Palermo in Italy, Camargo in Chihuahua, and three towns in Venezuela: El Hatillo, Zuata, and El Playón. She is especially important internationally as a saint invoked in times of plague. From 2020 onwards she has been invoked by some citizens of Palermo to protect the city from COVID-19.