This is the best weekend we have had in England so far this year, at least weather-wise. Warm, sunny weather prevailed, after weeks of rain and cool weather, so it was with great joy that we spent most of the time outdoors.
On Saturday Hannah, my older daughter, was invited to a friend's birthday party, held at an indoor play centre, of all places. Luckily they had an outdoor play area, with seating, which is where we spent most of the time. Afterwards we went back to the host's house (we know the family well) for a BBQ with a few other families, and spent a lovely evening enjoying good food, hospitality and wine. We only got home at 10.30, which is very late for the kids and fortunately they were so so tired that they slept until 9am the next day, which is unheard of!
Today the weather was even better, if that could be possible. We spent the morning in the park, playing, had a lunch at the park cafe and then some ice cream. The kids splashed about in the paddling pool at home in the afternoon, followed by another BBQ. It's the first time I've got it out of the shed this year and it is looking very rusty and uncared for. Fortunately the rust and grease from 2011 was burnt off and 'sterilised' and the meal itself was very nice.
I didn't wear much perfume this weekend. In fact, I only wore perfume once, yesterday afternoon, being ELDO's Fat Electrician, which is a vetiver-focused fragrance. I find that in the heat, especially when playing around with children and so forth, perfume disappears from my skin faster than the government with my taxes.
On a general theme, I thought I would quickly list some of the books and music I've been enjoying recently:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins (creepy, but compelling)
Fab, an intimate life of Paul McCartney - Howard Sounes
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - pretty much everything
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
George Harrison - Everything Must Pass
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Rolling Stones - almost everything, but particularly Sticky Fingers and Let it Bleed
So, that's it, my exciting weekend!