I have always loved rollercoasters and thrill-seeker rides, whilst Matt goes a nasty shade of green even standing holding the coats, but one day, when our daughters were small we went for a family fun day out to Thorpe Park. Matt went for the first ride with our eldest, the first ride she’d ever been on, she wasn’t big enough for any of the monstrous rollercoasters, but there were plenty of family friendly rides too and she was begging to go on the Banana Boat ride with him. All was well, everyone strapped in and safety checked, the boat began to gently swing, steadily gaining momentum until the swing was full on, with huge highs and very low lows. I stood on the tarmac below, grinning as I imagined the fun they were having whilst I was left holding the baby (slightly resentful that I was missing out), oblivious to the fact that in reality poor Matt was having to try and reassure a terrified child, who was convinced that she was about to die with every plunge. It wasn’t fun for her at all, she was traumatised! Fortunately, the Fairytale boat ride saved the day, and of course a picnic followed by ice cream. [Read more…] about Mood Swings and Banana Boats
Recently I’ve been remembering my school swimming lessons, from when I was about 10 years old. I hated them! I still don’t like swimming much … unless it’s in an open air private pool at a villa in Crete, in hot mediterranean sunshine.
As black treacle dribbled, thick and glistening, everywhere other than where it was meant to go, this snippet of tantalising thoughtfulness, caught my sticky attention – ‘how profoundly delicious, Nigella!’. (Sticky Toffee Pudding, and it was very good). [Read more…] about Pudding Ponderings