Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Holiday Club :: The Gatehouse

Benedict and Pip are attending holiday club at Pip's school for the duration of this week and two days next week; they are out of the house from 9:00 am til 4:00 pm and the silence in the house is wonderfully deafening!!  We both love those kids but to have some quiet and a chance to work on projects or to be just still is priceless.  The kids are also having a blast, Benedict has made friends with a nice group of kids his own age and they are involved with loads of craft activities, sports activities and card games. 

On the first day Benedict was his usual around in the evening at 10:00 pm but by last night and tonight as I write he is asleep by 8:15 pm!!!  Which is usually unheard of unless he was sickening for something.  This is what Benedict has missed being out of the school system and although we know there is not much we can do about the situation for the time being, we are all enjoying this period of respite and change.

 Benedict trying to convince me he really is not tired but as you can see his attempting to keep his eyes open!  He almost fell asleep in his tea!

 Quiet Reading.

She played with babies today but yesterday she was Pirate Pip, terror of the seas!  And yes she is minus those two front teeth and lisps delightfully.  The teeth have cut through the gum so just wondering if they'll be in place by the 10th September?!

Today after dropping the kids off at school, Dave worked in the workshop and I prepped tea and then had some prayer time upstairs which has been sorely lacking.  We also had lunch at The Gatehouse but they have changed hands and the food was not its usual standard.  We tried to be upbeat and talked about the fact that staff were in employment there and the importance of work in this current climate but still it was a sad moment when we remembered special occasions; we had our 21st wedding anniversary lunch there and Dave had arranged for a bouquet of flowers to be left at our table, I was pregnant with Pip at the time and Kathryn had her first evening out there with Sara after having had Mary Grace.  We won't be going back any time soon:

 Decaf Latte Time.


 Lovely Hubby.

 Pork and apple ciabatta.

Broccoli and Stilton Soup.



  1. Hello San, I'm glad you are enjoying some quiet time and the children are having a lot of fun. I love the picture of Pirate Pip (and that is a very pretty sweater she is wearing).

    We have a difficult time here in NYC with restaurants closing and changing hands. It's been a big transition time in our neighborhood, and it's been very sad for many long time residents, so I empathize with your experience at the Gatehouse. We still miss a family owned Chinese restaurant that we used to go to often with the girls when they were little. It was reasonably priced and the servers and hostesses all knew us . . and the other regular customers :) It's a bank now . . . . ah, well . .

  2. What a lovely way for you to have some respite and time for yourself. I hope it all works ok and they can go to the club as planned and you get some precious time for you. :)

  3. Flora often stands in front of the mirror wondering if her top teeth are wiggling, but they don't.


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