Sorry I've been AWOL for a few weeks – actually I have had some time off and things have been a bit mad at home. But here I am, back again safe and sound!
Last time I wrote I was looking forward to my birthday treat – a trip to the West end theatre, to see Les Miserables. I wasn't disappointed – it was a magnificent show and I can completely understand why it wins in the popularity polls.
As Alison Keenan warned, I spent a fair part of it in tears – it was a really moving show with dramatic sets, wonderful music and acting, and superlative singing – almost like a modern opera.
See me with Bex, Charlie and Billy outside the theatre above. We rounded off the day with a lovely meal in Covent Garden – a great family time.
The next celebration in the family was on St. George's Day, when my husband Olley's mum Gladys turned 88! We took her out to her favourite Chinese restaurant for a slap-up meal and birthday cake. Her face was a picture when they turned down the lights and played the music to Happy Birthday, while everyone sang to her. There were four generations around the table -Gladys, Olley's brother Trevor, his daughter Sam and her two children Callum and Leah. It made her day!
We continued in party mood the following day, at the St George's Day rugby match between Wasps and Bath at Twickenham, raising money for Help for Heroes. Olley had organised a 75-seater double-decker coach to transport everyone from Billy's u14 rugby team and their friends and family.
We had a slap-up picnic in the car park (an old Twickers tradition apparently!) and then enjoyed the entertainment and the match. It was my first time to the stadium, which was almost full with over 60,000 people.
Alexandra Burke sang for us, their was a parade of military heroes just back from Afghanistan and a brass band playing rousing patriotic songs for us to sing out to. Great fun.
For us now, the rugby and hockey seasons are over so maybe I can claim my weekends back from the children – except that Billy starts cricket on Sunday, and Bex has entered her first ever running race in an attempt to relieve some of the stress of studying for her first year medical exams. So, for our family at least, the sport doesn't stop. But at least it keeps them all out of trouble … I hope!
All the best to you and yours.