Colin and I spent four days in London last week. It was the first time I’ve left the children so I felt rather emotional about it, but they were so excited about going to stay with my parents! We left long before sunrise on Wednesday and traveled in luxury with our first class tickets. It was much more enjoyable than previous journeys, where we’ve had to stand up in crowded carriages or balance two children and multiple bags on our knees! It was lovely to catch up with Colin’s grandparents when we arrived, they don’t travel much now so we haven’t seen them for a few years.
We spent most of Thursday at the Bett Show, walking around all the exhibitions and listening to a few seminars. I particularly enjoyed a lecture about teaching primary mathematics. In the evening we visited Colin’s aunt and uncle and two cousins. They are from his biological father’s side of the family and only managed to make contact with us a few years ago, but they are absolutely lovely.
On Friday we went to the Science Museum. I was surprised to see Cuisenaire rods, Dienes blocks and Montessori bead material on display!
These polyhedrons were so colourful and striking.
Did you know that dry ice doesn’t melt? It sublimates directly into gas instead.
The Science Museum shop was amazing, I could have spent hours there! But by that time we were very hungry, so I managed to walk away with only a pair of walkie talkies and we went to enjoy a delicious three course meal at Cafe Rouge.
Colin’s Grandad took us for a walk around the local park on Saturday morning to see the parakeets and some other local wildlife. Then Nanny loaded us up with plenty of food for the journey, which came in very useful! Our train from London to Exeter was delayed when the train in front of us hit a fallen tree. Eventually we had to get off the train at Salisbury and wait for the next one, but due to all the delays we missed the last train back to Barnstaple. The rail company paid for a taxi and we finally got home just beforemidnight, after about ten hours of travelling! It was a fun adventure and we’re looking forward to taking the children with us next time.