I’m guilty of grumbling and complaining about not being able to go away these school holidays that have been grey, cold and dreary. And while Archie has still had to go to uni and while Arabella is studying for her HSC Trial exams, Alfie has been completely spare and I’ve had to find things for him to do.
We’ve been to the museum and that was P for Punishing because I couldn’t get him to move from exhibit to exhibit. He was so intrigued by it all, he could have spent eight hours in there, but it’s just we didn’t arrive until a couple of hours before closing time and for my money, I wanted to see more than just one display. What amazed me, (needing to confess to not having been to the museum for a very long time), is that back in my day you had to be deathly quiet and have your hands tied behind your back as touching wasn’t allowed so I always found it such a boring place. But these days you can make noise and touch so many exhibits they’re almost worn out and the whole experience is so much more tactile and therefore a lot more fun.
And we’ve been to see Brave which was B for Boring and despite going on Cheap Tuesday it cost $36.00 for our two tickets and then I buckled under pressure and bought him a small soft drink and a packet of Maltesers, ‘that’s what everyone gets at the movies, mum’, and that set me back another $11.00. Thank goodness we held off on the popcorn. Biggest expense for the smallest return so far these holidays.
We’ve been to Taronga Zoo and that was F for Freezing because I think we went on the coldest day this year. And Alfie gets stuck on exhibits and can’t move on and he likes to read all the signs and then ask a thousand questions like, ‘Why can’t monkeys swim?’ and ‘Why is the black bear so much smaller than the brown bear?’ and ‘How come so many marsupials are nocturnal?’ and many similar questions that give me head-spins and have me wondering if it’s wine o’clock. I just wanted to sprint along in an attempt to keep warm.
We’ve been back to the movies to see Ice Age IV and that was B for Better than Brave but only marginally so. And again we went on cheap Tuesday and I thought I was in for a bargain because it was in 2D but alas, Arabella wanted a study-break so she tagged along too and she wanted not only a drink and the maltesers but the large popcorn as well. It’s so hard to come out in front.
And we’ve caught the ferry into the city and wandered around the Sydney Opera House and that was E for Excellent because it’s a privilege to be able to visit one of the world’s most famous and most beautiful landmarks and the added benefit is, wandering is free!
And we’ve ridden our bikes down to a local beach where there is an excellent playground and that was C for Cheap because riding your bike hasn’t yet been taxed and there is only a solitary tiny shop down at the beach and pretty much the only thing we could buy was an ice cream.
So that’s how we’ve killed the time and dear little Alfie has said he’s having a wonderful holiday. Bless him.
If you’re having a holiday at home, how have you killed the time?
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