We didn't have any firm plans for this weekend, and the forecast was grim, so when we were invited to a 4th birthday party we decided to go along, enjoy the morning and then I would take the kids over to the boat and let Gesa have a much needed 24 hour break at home.
The party was very enjoyable - our very sensible friends decided to invite just four of their daughter's friends, plus Max, and provide rather nice food for the parents too. We all enjoyed a very relaxed kiddies birthday party - other parents will know how rare that is!
The August weather has been far from welcoming this year, after our heatwave in July it has been very unsettled and as I dragged a very unwilling Issie and Max down the pontoons in the driving rain and near gale, it didn't promise to be the most fun evening ever. However, once below, with the cooker on and some warmth in the cabin, things were more comfortable and we had a nice evening, with the kids going quietly to bed after supper and letting me relax and read my book.
Sunday was quite nice weather, so we fished for crabs i the morning, catching a good bucket full of the little snappers before releasing them to run along the pontoon in the weekend's prime time crustacean high dive contest. Back flips were the order of the day. As the sun made an appearance, we packed up and headed home by the road less travelled, to a beautiful village called Long Melford, with a Tudor hall where we made the most of our National Trust membership and the kids ran around the garden playing hide and seek.
In the end, an enjoyable weekend, but please, just give us a few days of settled sunshine and we promise not to complain about the heat......