The reason for the jaunt was an early birthday treat for Dave, who'll be 50 on the 27th September. Initially I had hoped to take him to Paris (ever the blue sky thinker!) but a jolt with reality brought me back to earth! We decided on a visit to a steam railway, anything train related and he is one happy chappy.
Here are the highlights from our stay:
Our view from the upstairs lounge.
Wider view of the lounge/kitchen area.
Dave's secret weapon for eradicating the horse fly,(of which there were a fair few since we were staying on a working farm) was a A Henry Vacuum Cleaner the blighters bit and drew blood but thankfully we did not suffer any horrendous infections!
If you have ever seen the original "Karate Kid" film then you will know what I am doing!
On Saturday we visited the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, the last time we were here, Pip was but a toddler! We had a lovely time watching the engines and sharing some cake and a hot chocolate and I was pleased to capture these images for Dave:
The weekend was also a no cook weekend for me, hooray!! I bought a reduced price Indian takeaway from Tesco for the Friday evening at the knock down price of £5.00! The meal for Saturday evening was ready made cheese and bacon baked potatoes with a large bowl of salad, we even stretched to a glass of wine with our meal!
We are now back to the grindstone and I am currently repainting some of the chipped paintwork in the downstairs hallway which being a main thoroughfare takes a real battering! The door frames have been stripped down to almost bare wood and have been sanded, ready for undercoating and glossing tomorrow. The small entryway/porch was painted last week and so I don't feel to ashamed now when visitors pop by.
I have also downloaded a year eight curriculum for Benedict encompassing history, geography and science. He's chosen his own ICT project and in case you are wondering where does the maths and english fit in, they'll be rumbling along quietly in the background :-) Living with and attempting to support a kid with special educational needs has not only taught me to think on my feet, but to also think outside the box. His core subjects of history, geography, ICT and science can be "taught" in a very practical way with little to no writing, which is great for a kid with dyspraxia! Let's see if I can get beyond the first week without either him or me having an epic meltdown :-)