A Day of Two Halves

With all the building work going on and a range of other life things it’s been very hard for us to all be together to relax lately, so after the debacle of Attempt One last week at Elvaston Castle Food and Drink Fayre (excellent things on offer but no dogs allowed so we had to divide up), we found a Family Fun Day at Kelham Hall in Newark – so Attempt Two at Family Fun…

The location is just beautiful, Kelham Hall is quite lovely and the grounds are well worth a visit. We checked about the dog, and drove the 45 minutes to have some family fun… mmm it was a bit disappointing. We had a great walk in the woods and enjoyed the Hall itself with lots of rooms with kids toys etc. We then paid lots of money for the kids to go on some dodgy fun fair rides, before finding out that there were free inflatables just around the corner. The only food on offer was a BBQ, great for Mr Average, but no good for the rest of the Averages who are veggie. There were no stalls, no charity tombolas, no WI cake sale… It was a bit frustrating as it would have been so easy to make it brilliant. We started to get cold and hungry so decided to call it quits and head home.

But then the second half of the day shone out as we found a pub in Kelham itself called The Fox Inn, and all was well. To be fair it’s not that great from the outside, we thought they might let us sit on the grass with the dog and popped inside to check. What a warm and friendly place – we were welcomed into the ‘snug’, doggy too, and spent a very happy two hours eating and playing. So, the day ended with smiles and a great new place on our list to visit again. How quickly a day or hour can spin from disappointment to wonderful surprise.

Evaluating Time!

Sorry not to have posted for so very long, there was a holiday in there and some time dedicated to the whole Average family taking turns to have a virus; I’ve been evaluating a million things in my head, but no time for typing. I’m now on a mission to get it all out of my head, so be prepared for a flurry of typing time made possible by the magic of a Bank Holiday Weekend and Mr Average here to kiddywrangle.

Time is seems is the most elastic of things, you can measure it by a clock but in our house they all say a different time so are quite unreliable, you can measure it by changes; some seem very fast – the Average Babies starting school seems to have happened extraordinarily quickly, but then some things take such a long time to come around, like the recent sunshine which I feel I’ve been waiting for since last September. You can measure it by events, we have some lovely annual things we always look forward to and they are all waiting for us on the calendar.

What I never seem to have is quite enough time at the ‘right’ time, but I’m working on just enjoying and appreciating what is going on now and not always trying to anticipate the next thing, or wishing away until something else starts. Sometimes the very average day is actually great for just being average, we don’t need to conquer Everest or have a significant event everyday of the week. People often strive to have a ‘perfect’ day, and the media also talk about this all the time via adverts and stories, but there is no such thing. A perfect day might just be that we got to the end of it with all our limbs attached, or that we were together, or that Average Baby 2 found a ladybird and was totally transfixed by it and then spent the afternoon making it a new house out of shoe box.