Oh no...half-term is almost over and I'm gutted at the thought of returning to so-called normal life. Lovely partner has had this whole week off work and it's been so nice just arsing around together with the kids. Yesterday was (in theory) the Big Treat...a trip to Wookey Hole, but sadly it didn't quite live up to expectations. It was rather like being back in the 1970s for sheer naffness/bizarreness; I kept expecting to see John Simm with his pointy collars and leather jacket, or maybe Slade wandering around in shiny clothes and big-soled shoes. Okay, so the caves were great, and what saved the rest of it from being a complete rip-off/disappointment was a free circus skills workshop where the kids could all try out tightrope-walking, juggling, plate-spinning but other than that...Jesus, it was the most motley assortment of sideshows and other tat I've ever seen. A paper mill! A teddy bear exhibition! Loads of old slot machines! The most camp circus-themed restaurant in the world!
Won't be rushing back there, that's for sure.
Changing the subject, have you seen Caroline's blog lately? She's only gone and raised over £1000 for One in Four, you know! And it's not too late to download her new novella (love that word) Disraeli Avenue and contribute either, so get yourselves over there. I'm really looking forward to reading DA....sounds a brilliant idea for a book.
Am currently reading When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson which is fantastic - right since the first corking wedding scene, the pace hasn't let up for a second. Brilliant, larger-than-life characters and white-hot writing too, the sort that makes me sooooo envious. I am hooked.
Now, better go, one bedtime left on the agenda then down to work - yes! on a Saturday night! - but I have deadlines coming out of my ears at the moment...
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