A Day of Two Halves

14 Apr

When the day starts with an internet connection speed of 0.34 mgs you just know things are not going to plan. At that speed we can’t even open our email, and in fact had a faster speed on dial-up, back in the “olden days”.

Muggins here decided she was on a mission to get this put right. I should have known better. This is not the place for a vitriolic rant about the customer service (or lack of) of one of our best known internet providers but suffice to say the whole experience has embittered me somewhat. And I basically wasted a whole morning. That was the bad half.

M had been asking for a couple of days if we could go to the “place with the sheep.” Well, we live in the middle of a farming community so it could have been just about anyway but I worked out she meant a countryside centre that we had been to about 18 months ago. We decided to have some lunch out first as there were only 4 of us and so we stopped off at our favourite local haunt for a bite to eat.

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The owner and chef is a lovely man and M feels very comfortable here. Lunch over, we headed inland to here:

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We were very lucky with the weather as it has been freezing recently, but the temperature got as high as 12C, and there was no rain, so B and M were able to run about outdoors as much as they liked. The centre is free to vist and has lots of great interactive exhibits for all ages to enjoy. They took great delight in doing a wee treasure hunt and ticking off their finds as they went (and amazingly M was happy to share the paper and pencil with her brother), and then B challenged his dad to a few games of hooks and ladders (a fishy version of snakes and ladders) while M ran about like a crazy thing, touching everything and then deciding to dress up. She needed quite a lot of help to get the clothes on but thought she was the bees knees all done up in fire-fighting gear.

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M spent about 20 happy minutes quietly “fishing” on her own. It was fortunate that no other people were indoors so she was able to play with everything she wanted with no fear of interruption, so calming for a child with autism.

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Due to B’s various food allergies/intolerances we had a coolbag full of nice treats for them both, but hubby and I succumbed to one of these just before we left. What can I say? No willpower.

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There was just time to take a few snaps of some of the outdoors but mostly B and M were a blur as they raced from one thing to another, including a massive climbing frame.

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With two very happy children we made our way home via a different route and enjoyed the views as we went;

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It was a lovely end to what has been at times a very stressful Easter holiday. Both children were very well-behaved all day and it was a good use of diesel in these expensive times. Sadly it didn’t help to tire M out, and bless her she was still awake long past 10pm, but at least she stayed quietly in her bed, a huge improvement on some nights.

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