Saturday, July 25, 2009

Glasgow River Festival

We got up early; I tossed and turned all night and felt like a burst bag of spanners until after my 2nd cup of coffee. The kids were ready for their promised adventure and it was all I could do to keep my eyes open. I used classic mum distracting techniques; we started with pancakes, always a good one, then the sun shone so we hunted for beasties in the garden and found a toad in the man made pond the kids had created...think a manky bucket of green sludge and you get the idea but it seemed to have worked.

They searched for fairies, goblins, hidden packets of Haribo and Bob. They didn't know who Bob was but they knew if they found him they'd get a reward. I just love saying the name. Bob. Bob. B. O. B. BOB.

I packed a picnic and helped them get ready, reluctantly climbing the stairs to put some mascara on my weary eyes. By the time I came back down, Who Bob What Pants was on so they were glued to the tv. Of course by then it was lunchtime so I ripped open the foil and they tucked in to their sandwiches there and then.

Eventually there was no choice so we went on our adventure; a train ride to the SECC, a stroll along the canal and a busy festival was underway. We didn't stay long but watched the boats, the paddle steamer, the people and little plastic ducks. We decided we'd come back early tomorrow for a boat ride and to take part in some activities so we explored then ate ice cream, eventually getting a train home.

I began making lamb burgers when the phone went and it was a message from my friends Ricky and Irene, inviting us up to splash around the hot tub, have a BBQ and a wee drink and chat. I gladly accepted and changed my burgers to koftas (same recipe), added some of my BBQ sauce and chunks of onion and wrapped it all up with some mint raita to take with us.

So, despite the fact I promised a walk to Asda beforehand to pick up a DVD and that I have 50 minutes to get to Ricky and Irene's, I sit here typing, trying to gather the last reserves of energy to walk the hour it will take to do all these tasks. Incase you wondered why I walk everywhere, I enjoy doing so but I also...gasp...don't drive. I'm thinking of getting a pony and cart.

Have a wonderful Saturday night, peeps and remember, red wine contains flavanoids which help keep you healthy and chocolate contains phenylethylamine which keeps you happy. So eat, drink and be merry.


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Happy Saturday to you! I am slowly making my way around to all the blogs that visited me when I was featured on SITS to say "Thank you". It is indeed a fabulous SITStahood.
Be blessed!

Little Ms Blogger said...

Sounds like a very fun day, but you don't drive???! Wow, I can't imagine not. Although, it'd probably be better if I didn't.

Enjoy the festival tomorrow.

Night Owl Mama said...

stoppin by from the SITS to say hello luv the chocolate in the WINE glass
your family pics are too cute

STOP on by and spread some comment luv

ALSO wanted to let you know that SUNDAY-TODAY ONLY I am offering 3 extra entry's into my 16x20 Canvas print giveway if you will or have left a comment on this new post


Dan River Mama said...

Sounds like y'all had a great time! I can't drink wine as it would not work well with my pain meds. I do take red wine extract capsules though. Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! I have changed my background, so it won't make your screen shake.

Beth in NC said...

Hi Helen. Thanks for coming by for a visit! Girl, I could eat chocolate 3 meals a day. I LOVE IT.

Sounds like a busy, fun day!


WhiteSockGirl said...

Chocolate and wine,.. my kinda Saturday evening!

Stopping by from SITs!

Single Mama NYC said...

Sounds like a lovely (albeit weary) day with the kiddies!

I don't drive either -- it's kind of par for the course with most born and bred New Yorkers. I'm waiting for technology to go ahead and start mass-marketing personal Jet Packs. I'll probably figure out how to operate one of those before I ever get a driver's license.