Fred's birthday is coming up, and he would like a leopard gecko.
Monday and Tuesday were taken up with visits to reptile shops. Monday's was ok, but the woman we spoke to didn't seem all that interested in selling us anything, or checking out our suitability as leopard gecko keepers.
The Tuesday shop - Evolution Reptiles in Kidlington - was brilliant. The owner spent ages with us, showing Fred all the leopard geckos they had and letting him hold each one, talking us through the different live food, and advice on the ideal vivarium. Fred fell for a lovely albino one, and we put a deposit down on her. He's decided to call her Goldzilla!
We'll collect her (and all her paraphernalia) in the next week.
On Wednesday the kids and I went to see our friends in Powys (previous visits September 2016, February 2016, September 2015). It's a slice of heaven. Meg spent hours - actual hours - playing with her toy crocodile, lizard, snake and toad in the garden. It was a truly lovely thing to watch. Betsy chilled, chatted and drew. Fred was so happy to hang out and play with Moss. They had a complex game going on with Playmobil pirate/knight type people, and shared Fred's ipad to play Kingdom Rush.
We went for a couple of walks, including to the cob house which is looking AMAZING now. And we had an afternoon at the Red Kite Feeding Centre near Aberystwyth. That was excellent. There were around 150 red kites swooping and soaring. It was a gorgeous day, so the kids played in the playground, we had ice cream, lovely.
Stone skimming success!
The glorious cob house.
Reading a book on the Kindle app on my phone.
Red Kite Feeding Centre.
We got home on Friday in time for Betsy to go to Erin's birthday bowling party.
On Saturday I babysat my gorgeous 3 month old niece for the first time. My brother and SIL went to a matinee at the theatre, so we had her for a good 6 hours. She was awesome! The kids loved having her around. I got to wrap a baby again! Yay!
Today - me working, kids hanging with Rob (they hadn't seen him since Tuesday as he went to see his folks Friday to Saturday night), Harry Potter double bill, roast dinner, Rob and kids playing football in the evening.