Saturday, 19 August 2017

Now I just don't appreciate it...

That I now have some kind of stinking virus on my holiday and feel like death warmed up. If I were to take an old fashioned view, it would be weather related as it keeps going hot/cold/rain/dry - but that is not scientifically proven and probably rubbish. Never the less my spirits are still high in such a beautiful place and I continue to love my break with my family. Yesterday we went digging for gold and played a highly competitive round of crazy golf as a family! Not many people can say those two things in the same sentence when describing their holiday! Mrs Hammond securing one of the most forthright and nailed holes-in-one I have ever seen on the last, the lady found her form at the end of her round after initial frustration. Anna also bagged a hole-in-one and perfected the art of hitting the ball way too hard. I am afraid Lucy is not a fan, as her round went from bad to worse, going from agitation to acceptance! 'German Itinerary lady' as the girls and I like to call Amy, with expert ease and skill, helped us chase the sun yesterday and avoid most of the heavy showers peppering Cornwall for the day. More of the same please today Amy, you have set an enjoyable precedent! Today we are off to Tintagel and Merlin's cave just for Anna. To say she is excited would be an understatement!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

We're everywhere and nowhere..

Just taking Cornwall in. St Ives for tattoos (temporary) and hair braids and some sneaky posh fish and chips, Newquay for a Cornish pasty and shopping for tat (lots of tat) and the beauty of the Eden project. We have even managed a very brief trip to Padstow, although could not park, so will have to try that again in the coming days! One rained off day and it truly did lash it down, filled with two highly competitive games of Monopoly, the Cornwall edition, including the usual Hammond rows as the girls either fleeced each other or me for all their cash, properties and possessions! Yesterday we took on the swimming pool of death and the infamous red slide that Mrs Hammond and I tried and quickly declared we would never go on again some three years ago. Anna had other ideas, in all her adrenaline junkie glory she tackled this beast over ten times and could not get enough. You are either bonkers Wiggle, which has often been debated or just love these kinds of things. The 'faster the better' and 'been nice knowing you Dad' she told me as she hurtled down on one occasion! Lucy, not known for her adventurous spirit tackled it twice and has now declared like her parents she will never attempt this water slide again in her life time.  I think she was very serious indeed. I would not say we are soaking up the sun and the summer as the sun has barely arrived, but my stoic nature has kicked in and I am determined to keep my shorts on for the duration of our holiday in the cloud and chilly weather for this time of year ! Mrs Hammond is at relaxation level 'defcon five' and has already read four books as she deservedly winds down from a busy term and completing her dissertation. Off to Falmouth and St Mawes today. Traditional evening Harry Potter marathon has now taken us to the Goblet of Fire last night, still waiting for a lovely evening and a walk on the beach with an ice cream...

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The golden moment you realise....

Ketchup is of a different class in Cornwall! Everybody needs a light at the end of a tunnel and after nearly ten hours on the road yesterday, Lucy found her ketchup utopia last night and celebrated this in style. It gets better and better, they even give their ketchup nicknames such as 'Tommy K'. The girl is in culinary heaven! We made it to Trispin and we're back. The girls have already hit the hot tub, forced us into the commencement of an evening Harry Potter marathon as well as scouted all the shops in Truro and metaphorically spent all their pocket money in their heads (as has Mrs Hammond!) We had only been here a matter of hours! I could not be happier to be here, a bit bedraggled after the long journey yesterday and listening to six hour of 'Grandpa's great escape' on the CD in the car. If somebody tells me a story I usually feel a bit lethargic, which is not so good if you are driving! I have to say Anna and I really enjoyed listening and talking about the story. She was a gem as my travel buddy and did not moan once or utter those words 'are we there yet?' once. Good patient work Wiggle. We did get a hint of how much of a home bird Anna really is, as she felt homesick last night and with tears in her eyes told us how much she missed the dog! (This will be the one she moans about walking every day) Having unpacked the contents of her bedroom into her temporary bedroom she started to settle. St Ives here we come today......

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

On the home straight....

I have been grafting beyond belief in the last four/five weeks with lots of time away and working hard in preparation for my holiday. Ironically, you would have thought running your own business and being the master of your own destiny would allow you to just take time off when you want. The reality could not be further from the truth and a great deal of planning needs to go into being able to take two weeks off. The mayhem and highly stressful working through a very long list of jobs continues, although the list is definitely getting smaller. I have not enjoyed the working away from home bit lately, the more tired I become, the less I am amenable to it I am. Last week, my birthday went by without seeing either Amy or the girls and I spent it in a hotel on my own working. Four more sleeps and counting, as our holiday and another family adventure looms and I can only say I am ready for it! This holiday and time with my family takes on so much importance to me this year, as I have been so busy of late. This time will be precious and I can't wait. Lets just hope they don't want to kill me after spending two weeks with me! I will definitely need some afternoon siestas, cups of coffee and time with the girls pratting about around Cornwall. The best things in life are worth waiting for and often mean a bit of hardship to get to and this to me is one of those things. Anna (my car buddy) and I are already planning snacks and our music selection for the long journey already, leaving one of the most inaccessible places in England to drive hundreds of miles to another one of the most inaccessible places in the country!

Sunday, 30 July 2017

I missed my footy.....

After two months of hell and anguish away from Carrow Road, football re-entered my life and I managed to drag the whole family along for the pre-season friendly against Brighton. I think they really enjoyed it, although I am not sure the pictures tell all the story. Not sure I have seen a face quite like that Lucy at a game before, in all my years of watching football! As I stupidly booked the holiday to Cornwall at the beginning of the season, I have to content myself with not seeing a live match until September. The family holiday is more important, as I keep telling myself (sarcasm). I even persuaded Mrs Hammond to come along too and she got a bit vocal and gave us her rendition of 'On the ball City'. Highlight of the day was definitely Anna and Lucy stalking Darren Huckerby in Costa. He really did not have any choice but to give them his autograph! No more football for a few weeks for me, but the countdown to Cornwall begins and boy do I need a holiday with my girls. Really looking forward to it..

Sunday, 16 July 2017

The next phase.....

Things move quickly in my house, sometimes at a pace that I can't keep up with or fathom. Every week brings a frightening parental realisation that one of my children growing up faster than I can cope with. This weekend bore the advent of Lucy getting her ears pierced. She chose an understated and plain, yet slightly sparkly stud, which I have to say appeals to me, as I was not sure I am quite ready for the arrival of dangly earing bling just yet! She looked lovely and is very chuffed indeed. This was followed by shopping and spending of her SATS pennies(all over a hundred); this is where my level of parental concern goes up to critical levels as my eldest daughter now enjoys window shopping and this could cost me some serious money in the coming years! They look great Lucy and as much as I whinge and moan, I  love watching you grow up and the person you are becoming. I nearly fell off my chair this week when she asked me 'if there was anything she could do to help with the housework!' I have taught her well and am finally reaping the rewards of all my nagging. Her first week of the academy has gone brilliantly and she is loving every minute of it, with no fear or hiccups so far....

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Make me a scone Kitty Cobblers!

Lights down, curtains up and the spectacular that was the year six play did not disappoint this evening. 'Oh what a knight' - an Arthurian musical with lots of barrel laughs. Lucy played her part with confidence, skill and a health dose of talent in delivering a comical line. She was so calm and assured and without bias I can easily say she was one of the stars of the show. Some of the gags were hilarious and a little close to the adult mark. She made a fine ' Kitty Cobblers' and I would have definitely eaten her scones! Cleary all the children and teachers had worked incredibly hard and it obviously meant so much to them all. The nerves were quickly replaced by excitement and sheer enjoyment and no child epitomised this more than Lucy. Well done sweetheart, you have created a school memory that you will treasure forever and you were truly brilliant. Anna scored her an 11/10! Perhaps she might choose drama when she gets to the academy next year? I am slightly nervously awaiting the outcome of Lucy SATS exams tomorrow and the deal I made with Lucy that could cost me some serious cash. I may be the only one not celebrating her success for a change!