Week 41: Queen

  • It was the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this week. I lean more to the abolish-the-monarchy side of the spectrum, but I was happy to take advantage of the four-day weekend and the celebrations seemed to make a lot of people happy, so 🤷.
  • Part of the boys’ homework this half-term week was, “what’s in the Queen’s handbag?” My suggestion of dog biscuits was written down, but the truth was revealed by Her Maj to Paddington.
  • Half-term holidays have meant plenty of Switch gaming. H and his daddy are neck-and-neck on Super Mario 3D World. 30-odd years after I completed Super Mario World on my SNES, I’m enjoying all the delightful little touches and charm that only Nintendo can do.
  • We had a day trip to London on Friday. It was C’s very first time on a train. We left King’s Cross station for the newish tourist area to the north, following the Family Trail through parks and past landmarks. One stop was at the Samsung KX experience with gaming PCs and gadgets for the boys. H declared it was the best day of his life while eating pizza and ice cream.
  • Heading home we found ourselves on the same train as those travelling to Liam Gallagher’s Knebworth Park gigs. With quite a few cans already under their belts they were enjoying themselves. Our boys’ eyes were as wide as saucers as we winced at the swearing and lusty singing of (mainly) Oasis songs.
  • We ended the week at my mum’s early 70th birthday lunch with my sister’s family and ours. She hadn’t been well earlier in the week, but was on good form with all her grandchildren zooming around her.