We have continued the painting theme, and big daughter's bedroom is now this rather lovely shade of purple. It's called Allium Flower and although the alliums in my garden aren't quite that colour, it's an excellent purple for a bedroom.
We went to IKEA to pick up bedroom supplies including the bed and mattress which, quite amazingly, fitted into the car - although there wasn't an awful lot of room for small daughter to move. In hindsight it was a mistake to go at lunchtime during a half term holiday (especially when we live close enough to go when it's less busy) but I'd promised to buy meatballs for lunch so there was nothing for it but to join the queue!
I finally got round to doing my seed order and remembered that I'd packed away a few packets of seeds from other years, so I rooted them out. A few packets! I appear to have a bit of a seed stash going on here.
Small daughter challenged my husband to a games afternoon. They started with chess, which small daughter is actually quite good at playing. My husband only taught her to play a short while ago but she's got a good grasp of how the pieces move and I can see that it won't be long before he's got a real battle on his hands!
Then they moved onto table (or rug!) football which was a much more lively affair and seemed to involve a lot of shrieking and giggling and (dare I say it) cheating J.
Big daughter, meanwhile, had discovered that there weren't any chocolate digestives left so she decided to make her own.
And to round the holiday off, small daughter came out with me on a group dog walk this morning. We'd arranged to go back to the same beach at Formby that we went to just after Christmas, but further down the coast. The last time we went it was a cold but sunny day. Today, it was cold and not sunny. In fact, it was Cold with a capital C, and very wet.
The beach was pretty much empty apart from another large group of dog walkers, so at one point it seemed like the place was full of dogs and it was hard to tell whose was whose! Once we had passed them, though, we had the whole windswept beach to ourselves. Not even the seagulls were daft enough to be out today.
Small daughter had a lovely time running up and down the sand dunes. She thought it was very funny that the dog kept beating her up to the top, but that will be down to his four-leg-drive!
As we made our way off the beach and turned for home, we passed through this group of trees. Small daughter declared them to be "spooky trees" and hurried through them as quickly as she could.
Back at the car park, we were very glad of the hot chocolate that one of the ladies in our group had thoughtfully packed for us. Small daughter drank hers in the car, wrapped up in a blanket and slowly thawing out whilst the rest of us stood and chatted in the rain. It must be something about owning a dog!
And that's it. Half term is over and tomorrow we're back to school runs and after-school clubs until the next break at Easter. I've got mixed feelings about it - I'll miss the house being full tomorrow, but at the same time I'm looking forward to getting back to our usual routine. If it's been half term where you are then I hope you've had a lovely break!