Ah, the first day in Week in the Life. I found this was the day I took a million photos and it was the same this year too.
I get woken up by Marvin who sits on me, he has never done this before so it’s rather amusing and it’s not long before Arthur wakes next to me.
The weather’s looking good today!
It also happens to be my birthday today, so Dave and Betsy come in with some presents and cards.
The kids and Dave go downstairs for breakfast and I doze – am feeling exhausted today.
The lie in doesn’t last long as Aet comes back up with the iPad and plays a game (Duplo Trains, which he is obsessed with). Betsy then calls me from the bathroom as Marvin is in the bath, which everyone finds hilarious, it’s something else he’s not done before.
Breakfast smoothie – banana, raspberries, cherries, oats, chia seeds, maple syrup, milk.
Camera face. After breakfast, we dress and jump in the car to drive to Tring in Hertfordshire. How good is this for a view in a car park?
The main reason for visiting Tring was to explore the Natural History Museum there. I’ve been wanting to visit for years, ever since a colleague from work recommended it. It’s brilliant. It is a collection of thousands of taxidermied animals collected by one man in the Victorian era, Lionel Walter Rothschild. Those crazy Victorians! It’s an amazing collection, containing native and exotic animals, eggs, butterflies and fish and it feels like the galleries haven’t changed much since they opened, it’s all big glass cabinets and iron work.
I can’t help thinking a bit sorry for the animals though, especially the tiger cub that looks like it’s no more than a few days old. I doubt these specimens died of natural causes.
Blurry photo, but this tell the story of Betsy who found a feather outside and went along the cabinets to find the species of bird it belongs to. She decided it belonged to a cormorant since that had black feathers like hers (although going by the amount of crows that were flying around outside, I suspect the feather belongs to one of them, but I love Betsy’s deducting and need to work something out)
After a good look round, we walked into Tring proper and popped into Prezzo for birthday pizza.
Before we head home, we walk over the A41 road to Tring Park, an area looked after the Woodland Trust.
It’s beautiful! We walk for a little bit, before plonking down under a tree and sitting and playing for a bit.
Arthur checking to see if I like butter.
I think we all decided to come back again soon, but this time with an enormous picnic. It’s a place you could stay forever in.
Back in the car to go home. Betsy conks out in seconds once I start driving.
Once home again, we attack my birthday chocolate and start cooking dinner and my lunch for tomorrow.
So this cat bowl. In the past couple of days, I have discovered odd bits over the bowl, mainly tea towels, but today a pair of Arthur’s trousers. I assumed it was the kids, but tonight I watched Marvin finish his dinner and then cover the remaining food with the trousers. I know some cats in the wild hide their food, but I don’t think I have ever seen a domesticated cat ever do. I was properly amazed.
Dave comes home from work and is immediately climbed on. Betsy is being a sloth.
Dinner. Steak with sweet potato chips and a sriracha sauce.
Bed time for the kids, and it turns out me too, I zonk out next to Art. It was a long day!
If you made it this far, well done! That was a pretty epic post. I suspect Tuesday won’t be so long.