Sunday, 13 September 2009

Carnival’s and Cooking

All in all it’s been a pretty good week.  I’ve have a few unexpected hours to myself as Marty has taken the kids to my Mum’s house. I spent most of that time ironing school uniforms, changing bed sheets, vacuuming etc.  But I have a few minutes left to write about the week.

Yesterday we went to Banbridge Carnival.  Barney had been looking forward to it for a while, and was delighted that it wasn’t too far away as he doesn’t like travelling.  It was a fair bit of  disappointment though. The weather was glorious, and since nothing ever happens in Banbridge and the weather is never normally good, the whole town went to the carnival!  Solitude Park is nice now that they have redesigned it and tried to make it less of a hoody hangout.  But they just didn’t have enough on for the sheer volume of people who turned up.   Barney didn’t like the crowds and can’t bear queues, so he didn’t get his face painted or go on any rides.  We did spend ten minutes having a go with some circus equipment.  (Well, stilts and juggling skittles).  Marty tried to impress us all with his circus skills.  Hmmm.

Barney got to sit inside a fire engine.  After two attempts. The first time he went up to it with his Dad when some kid hit the siren button, and he was terrified of the noise.  The next time I took him up and we were assured the sirens wouldn’t be on, so he sat inside for a few moments.

Rosie just loved the carnival. She sat in her buggy smiling and singing. All those people to look at; so much to see and hear.  It was the first day her new tooth hadn’t been hurting too, so she was in good form.

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I was looking for a vegetarian/vegan cookery course, but typically there’s nothing like that here. So I did the next best thing and signed up for a 5 day vegan course.  It starts on Tuesday but Barney and I couldn’t wait to get started on some of the recipes.  So we spent some Mummy time yesterday out in the kitchen creating healthy treats.  There’s nothing he likes more than to cook with Mummy (or Daddy, he’s not fussy!)  He became so inspired by healthy eating that he created his very own salad without any help at all. You can see photos of that in the album below.

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I will post more about our 5 day vegan experiment during the week as we progress with the meals. I’m really looking forward to it.  We already had one vegan meal of Adzuki Bean Patties which tasted like a cross between a bean burger and an onion bargee.  I’ve been eating the left over ones all day as snacks. Yummmm.  Barneys favourite were the healthy truffles (pictured above) which were made from walnuts, almonds and dates. They taste really scrumptious and are healthy for the kids to snack on.

Tomorrow morning Barney has his first paediatrics appointment at Lurgan Hospital.  I have no idea what to expect.  I suppose we won’t find out much on the first appointment.  It will be interesting to see what happens.  He is very nervous about it, because it’s in a place that he has never been before, and somewhere that we have to drive to.  But on the plus side, he misses a morning of school!

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