We went to Giggleswick near Settle for our holidays and during July and August they have a Flowerpot Festival…
There are three trails available from the Tourist Information Centre – we had two of them but didn’t manage to follow them easily (possibly because we didn’t start at the beginning but from our holiday house!) but it didn’t really matter too much as there were flowerpot creations everywhere!
Then it all went a bit off plan because of holidays… think we did manage pasta on the Thursday and we were on course for a Fish and Chip tea until we got stuck in traffic on the way to Giggleswick for our holiday and we stopped for McDonalds instead!
Need I say more? From the very start with the Opening Ceremony last Friday when Biggest Littlesheep insisted I woke him up at 11.30pm so he could watch it to today it’s been Olympics, Olympics and more Olympics filling the day. It doesn’t really matter what the sport is they will watch it (especially when it delays bedtime!).
This was at the Dunstable Downs Kite Festival where we also saw lots of different kites being flown and kite acrobatic displays, several para-gliders and watched the gliders being towed up and landing.
Then came the biggest experiences of the week for the middle two Littlesheeps.
Middle Littlesheep had his sailing course – he’d done some sailing with Cubs and with Grandpa (who is a sailing instructor) last summer and decided then that he wanted to do it this year so Grandpa duly took him to the lake for a week for the RYA Level 1 & 2 course which he successfully completed. Apparently he did spend the week sailing but the only photo I was sent was him in the water practicing capsizing!
Littlest Littlesheep’s long awaited two afternoons snowboarding course… This was an interesting holiday activity to arrive at and came about because I was trying to suggest things he could try – as his brothers had tennis and sailing to do… climbing, trampolining, cycling, archaeology… the list was getting more and more random until I said snowboarding and he was hooked on the idea! I think he found it harder than he imagined but seemed to enjoy himself and definitely wants to go again so for a child who doesn’t often get enthused about any ‘extra-curricular’ activities it was obviously a hit.
We saw lots of rainbows driving home from a tennis tournament along the M6 – it was almost like we were chasing the rainbow all the way home.
We also did new trainers and school shoes for three of the four… that was a fairly painless experience as for once I didn’t leave it to the last minute so there was plenty of choice and no queue!
It’s going to be a week to remember of the holidays and potentially a tough one to beat!