The Monday between Christmas and New Year is the best Monday of the year, I reckon.
The girls slept in. Fainjin, true to form, bounded out of bed early, got dressed, brought the paper in & played quietly with the Lego while the rest of us lazed.
Eventually we all got up. There was no rush, and we’ve recovered enough from the pre-Christmas stress build-up to relax into the day. The paper told us of interesting things happening in town, and we needed to scout the post-Christmas sales for Fainjin’s birthday this week, so off we went.
We scouted sales, walked along the waterfront, marvelled at the sunshine, complained about the wind, collected some free lollies from an activity that couldn’t run properly due to the wind, climbed some rock walls that were just sitting there asking for it, slid down again, looked at various cafe menus, and ended up at a burger chain for lunch.
Babess managed to lock herself in the loo, which caused about 10 minutes of consternation for me and the staff and random strangers who came in while we were trying to get her out. Eventually she managed to slide the bolt back all by herself and was freed. The staff were (if possible) even more sympathetic when she emerged, looking so tiny and red-eyed and tearful and snotty and scared. Free icecreams were dispensed, with apologies on both sides and many thanks on ours.
We found a holiday drawing workshop going on and joined in, the kids happily drawing cartoon characters for an hour, then they’d had enough so we wandered off again and The Dad and I sneakily ordered tea and coffee in a cafe while the kids played nearby. Eventually they noticed and started demanding even more food and drink, so we came home.
I set them to work in the garden, where they happily harvested a decent haul of raspberries and strawberries, and helped pick sweetpeas.
After all that, we came inside to escape the heat and settled with quiet games and books and so on.
Truly, the best way to spend a Monday that I can think of (except maybe the getting locked in the loo bit).
These are the berries I picked *after* the kids reckoned they’d got all there were to get…
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