Not bad, not bad at all

The small boy and I have been holding the fort this weekend. Jason has been scampering about the woods dressed in orcish splendour. Tilly and Tallulah went to London to spend the weekend with their dad.

On Friday evening Oscar and I planned to celebrate by eating risotto. It is the way of our people. The girls’ dad got stuck in traffic on the way to pick them up so they ended up eating it with us. Tilly was delighted as she has decided after many years that risotto is fabulous. Tallulah only likes Sasha’s risotto, and we didn’t have that, so she wasn’t thrilled, but she persevered bravely and tried not to rain on our parade.

On Saturday we interspersed intensive bouts of homework with reading, reading and reading. Oscar and I finished the fantastic Wells Bequest by Polly Shulman. We started it on Monday and finished it on Saturday evening. We recommend it to everyone. It was awesome.

We spent our afternoon and evening with granny and granddad. Oscar mostly glued to his iPad, learning hacks for Skyrim, and me and granny mostly glued to the Saturday papers and the plethora of crosswords they offer. We sat in front of the fire, chewing our biros and desultorily watching the rugby. It was a splendid way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.

This morning we slept in late, emerging, blinking into a bright, sunny morning. It looked so nice we arranged to go to the park with friends in the afternoon after finishing the dreaded homework.

As soon as we got to the park, the weather took a turn for the worse. We spent about an hour shivering around being terribly British and pretending it wasn’t too awful, before it started to rain and we could avoid the truth no longer. We decamped to our house, the kettle and the X-Box, much to the delight of us all.

When Jason got home from his adventures we bundled into the car and went for such a late lunch it was more of an early dinner with some friends, before coming home to welcome the girls in from the cold.

It has been a very sociable, very bookish weekend, and when we got home, the companion book to The Wells Bequest, The Grimm Legacy, had already been delivered thanks to Amazon’s new Sunday delivery service. I don’t know who is more excited about this, me, or Oscar.

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