This week has flown by in a flash. Suddenly we’re more than halfway through the summer holidays. How did that happen? We haven’t even bought new school shoes yet!
On Saturday we had a really fun day buying a new kitchen table from our local auction. It was a bit of a spur of the moment decision. It had a set of four Ercol chairs with it, but these were in a separate lot. We really need some new chairs as one of our current ones is about to collapse. The table came up first and we got it for £20. The chairs were next, but went for £120 – which was more than I was willing to pay, given the fees on top. They were nice chairs, but a little on the small side – more suited to a small desk than a kitchen table.
We brought the table home and immediately sanded the top down. I’ve been wanting a scrubbed kitchen table for ages. Our old one was varnished and you couldn’t put anything down on it – so it was always covered in an oilcloth. The new table looks perfect and I love it. You really can’t go wrong for £20, can you? Just need to sort the chairs out now.
On Sunday the boys went to my parent’s house for a sleepover. James and I popped into Cambridge and had a lovely grown-up potter about in the glorious sunshine. We came home with lots of lovely goodies from Carluccio’s to eat in the garden. It was great to kick back and enjoy some freedom.
I’m still not entirely sure I love Campari and soda – but I couldn’t resist these baby-sized bottles…
The boys were still away on Monday so I cracked on with some cleaning (thrilling I know, but needs must). I managed to give the front room and bathroom a really good clean and they’re looking so much better.
On Tuesday the boys came back after their lovely mini-holiday. They’d had a fabulous time with my parents – who even took them to see the Minion Movie. So sorry I missed out on that one. Not.
Wednesday was a busy day. We whizzed down to the Babylon Gallery for a fun children’s activity morning, followed by lunch out. It’s always nice to be down by the river.
On Thursday, my mother and I took the boys on an exciting trip to Norwich on the train. We went to see Sarah, Jon and my niece Beth. Who was super adorable, as always.
There’s currently a really fun dragon trail going on in Norwich – over eighty large model Dragons to be found around the city. We found about ten, but ran out of time. Our favourite was Tuppence in the Forum – covered entirely in Tuppences! Do check it out if you’re local – it’s on for another few weeks.
This week I also made brownies for the first time in years. I used Miranda Gore Brown’s ‘Best Friend Brownie’ recipe from her cake book. It really is a fabulous recipe – they’re perfect, if a little naughty. I try to exercise great self-control and eat fairy-sized pieces – the boys have no such qualms.
I hope you’ve all had a great week too. I’d like next week to go a little more slowly, please!