Sam thinks he won’t like the avocado, so I give him some mozzarella to taste, and he doesn’t like that either. I have not managed to buy buffalo mozzarella (or if I have, it doesn’t say), but it is genuinely from Italy. I had this salad once for a starter in December, in one of those so-called office Christmas parties; the tomatoes were anaemic and tasteless, the mozzarella was rubbery and tasteless, I don’t think there was any dressing, and probably no basil. My creation, which I chose to cut things in chunks rather than slices was well tasty, with tasty ingredients, a nice dressing (home-made vinaigrette, olive oil, white wine vinegar, no salt) and fresh, but wilted, basil. I ate it with toast, but should have got some Ciabatta and proper coffee.
I see that Saddleworth school have lots of sports, including a golf session that Sam is just about old enough for. So we go on the bus, which is one step further than I’ve been, and turns out that the school is actually on the main road (didn’t seem like it on the map). Sam is nervous, but I leave him to it and take Hannah to the park and the library. When we fetch him, he seems to have enjoyed it. Saddleworth school is tatty, and very large and confusing, but has lots of sports facilities, and by its displays, probably a good sports department.
Then we get lunch from the bakers, and have a ride on the barge, sitting right at the front, and play in the park some more, before shopping in the co-op (comics) and buying some Saddleworth Cheese Co cheese from the butchers.
The cheese is made by an actor from Corrie, and tastes delicious. Variations of ‘Lancashire-style’ cheese, only made with Saddleworth milk, so technically that would make it Yorkshire. Is there a ‘Yorkshire’ cheese?
Well, there’s Weebees in the morning again. I had planned to go to the outdoor playscheme, but it is raining, and we can’t even be bothered to go to the art gallery. Holidays are hard work.
The cucumber seeded, which I have not done before, and cucumber and strawberry in thin slices with the addition of basil and vinaigrette. Very tasty, but perhaps nicer if the cucumber was not seeded, or had been left to soak in the dressing, or had been omitted. Strawberries and basil and vinaigrette taste very nice together.
Jesus stands on a mountain with Moses and Elijah and lets his glory be seen; his clothes become whiter than white, he shines in glory, his disciples jabber excitedly but confusedly about making tents.
The point of this is that when you have a long hard slog ahead of you, you need to know what it is you’re aiming for.
Time to: bleach whites, climb mountains, make tents.
No ideas for today, but we’re probably due a slob day.. Still, it gives Sam to finish his EPR book, that should have been done at school and wasn’t, and to play his cello, which I really must work out how to get him to hold the bow properly. Hannah is perfectly happy turning the house into a tip. I tell people I’ll tidy up when they leave home.
My book of activies lists today as offering Boom Ting at Lees library, which is marked as ‘for all the family’. However, I am sure that it is for pre-school, and when we get there, we see that there are lots of small children, most if not all younger than Hannah. So we go to the florist’s instead and buy some flowers. Then we go home and have a snack and make a cake. Date and apricot loaf, which turns out to be delicious. Well, Sam helped, Hannah watched television.
Also, we need to fix the models they made yesterday, so I declare the afternoon as ‘gluing’, but neither child seems bothered, preferring to play. Until I say I have to clear up, when Sam decides to finish his off, with a statue and a school. It looks quite good, for an assemblage of milk bottles and junk.
Which I thought the children might like to help to make, but they didn’t. Anyway, had walnuts in as well, probably making it a variation of Waldorf, and both vinaigrette and mayonnaise, and a ‘garnish’ of watercress as well. I like watercress but John doesn’t, so he could help himself to some without the watercress. I served it with pizza. Sam ate some and said he liked it but didn’t like the walnuts. Hannah wouldn’t look at it.
Today is crafty.
In the morning, there is WeeBees, which had junk modelling (robots), mask decorating, and baking (apple flapjacks), and a tuck shop (crisps).
In the afternoon, there is the Art Gallery, with more junk modelling, magnet clip making (colouring) and pom-pom creatures. Hannah’s is a spider.
After that, we read some books in Oldham library, and got to Sainsbury’s, for the cafe, and to pick up some shopping.
We can’t do much this morning; I have a smear test. The children are very well behaved, and sit quietly with the nurser’s toys while we go behind the curtain. We reward ourselves with chocolate from the post office.
Then this afternoon, there is story time at the library. After two times of asking John to fetch ‘a list of the things going on the library’, which he fails to do: it turns out because they have failed to provide, on my second attempt of checking the library website, I finally find out that Lees library sessions are Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. This week, stories and pass the parcel. I don’t know why pass the parcel, but the children seem to enjoy it.