We went to Matlock Farm Park today with my parents and one of J’s cousins. It was great! I cannot believe I have lived fairly close by for so long and have not been. It is well set out, in fact it is set out better than a lot of zoo’s I have been to and it has all sorts to keep everyone busy and interested. We saw and bet on a ferret race and my parents won a free family pass, we looked at a boa constrictor and a tortoise close up and picked up a bearded dragon. The staff are brilliant too and seem really knowledgeable. The animals look well looked after and have good spaces, there are loads of picnic areas/benches and play areas and the food was basic and really nice! Probably the best day out we’ve had in ages!
So another off the before we leave Derbyshire list!
The littlest’s passport came today, that is some good turn around! We only sent the application in a week and a half ish ago. He has the cutest passport picture in the world!
We have been up for a couple of days (Chris and I and the boys). I have been coming up to Northumberland for years, first with my family (mum and dad and sister), then with my eldest daughter – mainly camping then, because it was affordable and fun. Now with Chris and the boys. Northumberland seems to be a bit addictive. I just love the coast, it is wild, stretches for miles and it is windy and amazing. No built up promenades here! You can also still take your dog on the beach no matter what time of year it is.
Our dog met the sea for the first time today, he wasn’t that keen, he had a few snaps at the waves as they were coming in and ran madly about on a long lead. He was much better when we started throwing a stick in, he then started running in and out without much problem. For the first time I can remember though, the beach we were on was busy with loads of people on and other dogs, so there was too much noise and disturbance for him really, I think it made him a bit anxious.
It was a very mixed day today, funny how we have all these expectations and plans and it never turns out how we think. It was good but also bad, I was absolutely shattered because we didn’t get here until late last night and then the boys wouldn’t go to bed because it was exciting and then they got up early. So I’ve been quite moody….. but! we went to the beach AND we went for icecream, J loved that. I love the beach, I love the smell, the sea, rocks, sitting on the sand, just breathing it all in and being there. Also got some paddling in, which was great. The baby loved the sea too, kicking and splashing like mad. I think he is going to be quite adventurous.
The journey up last night was something else, the M1 was heaving, then there were the most torrential downpours and lightning, huge flashes and forked lightning too, which made the sky look purpley/pink. We then had to stop to feed the baby (he was crying and crying) and Chris went for a little wander and found a man who needed a jump start, so we drove over to do that, (he ended up having a bump start). It perhaps doesn’t sound like the most ideal situation but it was strangely peaceful. J was asleep in the back, I was feeding the baby in the dark in the front and Chris was outside helping the people who had broken down. The darkness and quietness made it easy to focus on the baby and it was lovely, a bit of quiet time with him. I could also look at Chris from a distance as he was talking to this man and his family and helping them. It sometimes helps to look from a distance. He was all lit up. He really likes helping people, I don’t think I really got that before but I saw it in his face last night. Not for himself, just because he likes helping people, because that is how God has made him.
Then after we had got there and settled (after midnight), we lost the dog. I didn’t check the gate on the balcony when I let him out and he went for a walk on his own. I searched around the campsite on foot, then got back in with the full intention of taking the car out to search for him. When I opened the door to go back out to the car, he appeared at the door, soaking wet from the rain but perfectly alright. We were so glad, and we were so relieved he came back. He has never been there before. I had been praying and praying as I was walking around, calling and whistling him and I fully believe it was God who brought him back and I’m very glad he did.
I have been creating a bucket list! (or a wish list)
Things to do before leaving….one of them is J’s (which I’m now calling Mr Toddler). I think you can probably guess which item.
As we do them I’m going to edit and put a line through 😀
Go to the Ritz Cinema in BelperHaven’t done this – but we are going out on our wedding anniversary which is good enough for me. I would have booked to go here, but the only film at the right time is predator and I am not watching that again. (edit 6/10/18).
Go river paddling (18/8/18)
Go up to Northumberland
Take Chris to Clumber Park because he doesn’t think he’s ever been. (18/8/18) Now been multiple times 6/10/18.
Canoeing day course! (might not get to do this! depends on circumstances) – not done, no longer relevent
Make a rocket
family trip to Nando’s (6/10/18)
Powerboat level 2 (For Chris, again depending on circumstances) – not done, no longer relevent
Get finances straight
Get rid of a shed load of stuff – streamline…. (work in progress but getting there 6/10/18)
Make a humongous 1st birthday cake for littley and celebrate well (21/8/18)
For someone we know/encounter to be saved by Jesus, whether it is before or after we move – edit 6/10/18 😀 (praying this)
To manage to have a date with Chris (may have to be a day time one) – planned for our wedding anniversary.
Take J on a train
lean totally and utterly into God and come to know him more and more and deeper and deeper – this is a process of before, during and after the move (edit 6/10/18).
see my friend Caroline (18/8/18) and I know Chris has a few people to see
To have a conversation every time we go out with someone we don’t know. – I do this most if not every time we go out anyway (6/10/18)
I’m going to add more as I think of them too…and then cross them out when done…although the God one is ongoing and won’t be crossed out!
edit 7th October 2018, I’ve changed the list a little, deleted a couple of things, changed others – not going to add any more things as we really just want to move now and it seems a bit pointless adding any more to a bucket list! Bring on Ireland!