It has been quite a while since I had time to sit down and add to the family blog. As planned on the following day of our return from Zanzibar, with Sarah I met the married couple and their son at Heathrow airport and transported them to Gatwick airport, stopping for a while at the Copthorne Hotel for hot chocolate drinks and exchange of baggage. Charlotte and Suraj were flying to the Maldives on their honeymoon, and we were to look after Lucas until they returned. After saying goodbye at the airport, we returned to Willow Bank, arriving in the early afternoon and for once it was a good journey, with little traffic on the motorway.
Over the next two Sue worked every day so looking after Lucas had been my privilege. On one of the days, I took him to Farndon Fields school to meet the staff and children I used to work and teach, and he turned out to be a big hit with everyone. I took some photos of Charlotte’s and Suraj’s wedding for the staff to see, and their comments made me feel very proud again.
Each day we visited the library for story time and played in the park on the newly installed £350 000 worth of equipment. He loved it, and I have to admit it is a godsend to all the mums with toddlers who use it as well. He is getting very adventurous and can climb, swing, slide and leap with expertise, sometimes with overconfidence at times. The weather during the first week was cold and wet, but this was thankfully followed by a warm and sunny spell. I put a small tent up in the back garden and we played in it most days, endlessly making and eating pretend meals from leaves, twigs, soil and plastic vegetables. Each morning, after breakfast (Weetabix), Lucas would get his little bucket and pick up the fallen apples and tip them onto the compost heap, then help me pick the runner beans and place them in the refrigerator, after this, we would pick the ripe tomatoes, though it took several days before he could recognise the red ones with accuracy!!!! His errors were put into a bowl and left on the windowsill to ripen. Usually, a trip into town in his buggy (shops, library or market) followed. The short distance into town was always punctuated with numerous chats from mums and the elderly who loved to talk about children and associated issues, I am becoming quite knowledgeable. On the way home, we would visit the park for around an hour or more. After which, it was lunch and then a nap. He usually has to be woken for an afternoon of play in our boat (made from a big cardboard box), along with a monkey and two large plastic big ducks. Play finished with, it was back to work by collecting fallen pinecones from the trees along the driveway and then sitting on the bridge and throwing them one at a time into the river. Sarah would usually arrive home from school at around 3.40pm and then take him to the park to try and tire him out. Sue would then arrive home, followed a little later at 5.10pm by Jamie from work and then he too usually took Lucas back to the park for yet another play.
Most evenings (after Lucas has gone to bed) I have been working on the 900+ photos taken of our holiday and the wedding. Over the two weeks, we had Lucas I managed to organise and edit them all, using the best in the creation of a video. I am looking forwards to showing it to Charlotte and Suraj.
The couple has phoned us many times hoping to speak to Lucas, but on every occasion bar one, he has either been out at the park or in bed fast asleep. They will be arriving back on Monday evening, and I shall collect them from the airport. They both have work on Tuesday so won’t be staying overnight, they will collect little Lucas and travel home to Newark.