Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Victory and The Mary Rose

Di has won a yearly pass to the Docklands in Portsmouth, so we headed out there to make a day of it. First we met up with one of my Mastermind buddies, Gemma, for a quick coffee and then she had to go and pick her little girl up and we headed out for some sea worthy adventures.


Now, I must admit, my naval history is very patchy to say the least but we still had a fun day.


When we were waiting for Gemma, we introduced a janken game (rock, paper, scissors) to R, then they played it as the scooted along a torpedo - as you do!


We finally made into the actual Docklands, it's a big site with plenty to see, in fact, it is doubtful that you could possible see everything in one day, there is so much there, I think it would take several trips to cover it all. We decided to head toward The Mary Rose but we came across Nelson's Victory first...


It was pretty impressive and there were staff dotted around so we quizzed them about things, did you know that Nelsons body we pickled in a barrel of brandy to help preserve his body until they reached land? I didn't!


Of course the boys LOVED it and they had the ship set up like it would have been back in the day. 


Next up was The Mary Rose, which is housed in a 20 million pound building! They have set it up quite cleverly, the one side of the museum has the remains of the ship, contained in a special until to dry it out and the other side they had the artifact's on display. It is dark inside and no flash photography allowed, so I don't really have any decent pictures. Ebi-kuns favourite bit was meeting the ships doctor who explained how to use all the various bits of equipment and trying out the long bow equipment...


After all that history we needed a break and headed over to the game centre, cue random photo...


I think everything inside was free, Ebi-kun opted for the climbing wall that actually moves and tilts which was fun (I wanted a go!) R wasn't big enough for this so he went on a smaller kids adventure climbing thing. Then we met up for a truly horrible helicopter simulator experience!


We finished off with a boat ride around the dock, the boys were driving and we were in a police boat, so we tried arresting a few people too! Of course the boys thought it was great, all that was missing was a cooler of beer in the back of the boat!


Then it was time for a cheeky 99 ice-cream before heading back. Fab day out, in fact a fab week! When I look at what we managed to cram in I wonder how we managed to get so much done!




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Time For A Lazy Sunday...

After a very late night, a lazy morning was in order. Rob kindly got up with the boys and let us have a bit of a lie in! Then we had a late breakfast before heading down to the beach. It was really windy, which definitely blew the cobwebs away! We dried playing Frisbee but after it ended up in the road twice, we gave up and played tag instead (well the boys did, we watched!)


It was way too blustery to venture to the sea...


So we dropped by a little festival and tried a spot of hoopla-hooping instead! We also found a bargain of books, 5 horrible history books, all new, a pound each! Brilliant!


We were getting hungry so we headed to the car via the park for a bit of climbing, of course Ebi-kun decides he needs the toilet, so the others go back to the car and we go to the loo, as we came out the heavens opened - which meant a made crazy dash for the car, we didn't get too wet, surprisingly!


We had a fabulous pub lunch, BIG portions and rolled back down the hill to Di's. Then is was Star Wars (and an afternoon nap for us) finished off with some crazy light saber battles...




Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday Is Girls Day!

Rob took the boys off to football practice so me and Di had some down time and headed into town to do a spot of shopping - well it was more mooching! Brighton has a good selection of indie shops, lots of great places to poke around in and some lovely little cafes...



Just in case you weren't sure where I was...


We headed back at lunch time and fed everyone then Rob and Ry went off to the Arsenal and we headed into town again with Ebi-kun, he wanted to check out the Lego shop and I wanted a 99 on the beach. It was toooo cold for the beach though, so we pottered around and then went home for pizza. We got out some old record and had a dance before Ebi-kun went to bed. We waited until Rob and Ry got back then we hit the town for a girls night out. We went to a couple of pubs and then to a club that plays good 80's music, there was lots of dancing and laughing and we rolled in about 3am!
It is has been a long time since I have done that!




Thursday, 21 August 2014

A Visit To The Tate Modern...

Friday Ebi-kun and I headed back into London to the Tate Modern. I discovered there are free apps to download and use as you go round. We would have liked to see the Matisse Exhibit but it was way too busy so we decided to take advantage of the free exhibits instead and there are plenty of amazing pieces of work to check out.

Ebi-kun is getting really quite good at recognising various artists and styles and it was really interesting listening to his views on various pieces of work. If you think art galleries and kids don't mix, then you need to get your hands on THIS BOOK, quick read with lots of great ideas!


The app we downloaded was Tate Top Trumps, each piece of work has a code, if you think it will be a strong top trump card you tap in the code then at the end you get to have a game of top trumps. Although the idea was really cool, it didn't actually work too well as we couldn't find many pieces of art work that were registered in the game. There is, however an option to play using the artwork stored in the app which works well.


Ebi-kun can also say he has had his work displayed at the Tate Modern, they had some tablets set up when you can create some work of your own then they project it on the wall.


This is about as close as we got to St Pauls, and we had a wander down the South bank...


We met up with some of my mastermind friends, first time I have met them in the flesh, it was great to meet them and have a good chat and erm a couple of bottle of bubbly...



After all that Ebi-kun and I had a 'date' dinner at Giraffe before heading back to Brighton...




Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Football and working lunches...

Blimey, I have fallen behind a bit with the blogging! Thursday we put the boys into football school for 4 hours which was great for them and us! They were absolutely shattered by the time they had finished - it was great!


Me and Di took our mac books and heading off to a cute little cafe. Good to chat and plan and write over a lovely cuppa.


Then we had a bit of shopping to do and then it was time for a pub lunch - hard work this life as an entrepreneur! Pulled pork sandwich was delish, washed down with a pint of cider. Must say, that although it is lovely to hang out like this I couldn't do it everyday, it would be fab to be able to meet up and do it once a week.



This trip has been much easier this year, partly because I got a lot of my work organized before I left so it could basically just tick over whilst I am here and partly because I I'm not stressed out about money or the lack of this time. 

After the lovely lunch we meandered back down to pick the boys up. They had had a whale of a time and were suitably shattered and very mucky. A relatively subdued day compared to some of the others we have had!



Sunday, 17 August 2014

A Truly Horrible Treat

Another fabulous day, started with meeting our old uni friend at London Bridge station then we had a meander down the Thames to Tower Bridge...


Over the bridge then a look at the amazing poppy display, brilliant installation, very clever and very efective. I think the poppies are up until November then they will sell them off.


We kept spotting these benches along the way which were promoting the new Julia Donaldson book...


We caught the bus down to the West End...


Di had won vouchers for TFI Fridays, so we had a nice lunch there and hung out with Spidy...


We then popped down to Trafalgar Square for a bit of entertainment before heading up to the Garrick theatre...


For the Horrible Histories show, which was Brilliant! Great for adults and kids, very funny, very 'orrible. Oh how I miss going to the theatre!


After the show we headed back down to Trafalgar Square to watch a guy lie on a bed of nails and juggle knives...


Of course we had to do the Lions...


Another brilliant day, we decided to leave before the boys totally crashed, great to see The Brogster again and she was looking rather colourful! 





Friday, 15 August 2014

A full on day at Brighton

Our first day in Brighton we met up with my uncle and his family, when we first got to his house it was peeing down, but after a cup of tea the sun came out. We walked into town and headed for the Pavilion for a picnic...


Then we had a whirlwind visit to the museum in the Dome (excuse to use the toilets!)


Then it was time to hit the pier, not until Darth Vader had been defeated


Comedy photo moment of course...


We tried the Horror Hotel first but Ebi-kun announced it was rubbish! Next up was the log flume, Ebi-kun LOVED it (it was his first time) and went on again with my uncle Si, Charlo and C.


Then it was time for the bumper cars...


It was a windy day so some of the rides were closed, Zoltar was on top form though....




By this time were ready for a drink...


So we took a ride on the oldest electric train in the world...


To the Yellow Wave, barefoot cafe which has a sandpit for the kids to play in.




Uncle Si went to get the car since the kids were tired and it is a bit of a yomp up a big hill back to theirs, so we went to throw rocks in the sea, it was rather choppy!


Then it was back to Si's for dinner, great day with great company. The kids were absolutely shattered and were asleep in record time.

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