Day 3 of our pretend holiday – Cycling

After such a fab day yesterday I was really looking forward to Day 3. Unfortunately my hubby woke up feeling decidedly under the weather and groaning a lot, but we just had to get on with it and he would have been fed up at home so it was onwards and upwards.

We had a rather complicated setup ahead of us. We had decided to cycle from Twickenham to Richmond along the Thames path which was doable for our 4 year old on her little cycle. We had managed to borrow a bike with a child seat on it from a friend in Twicks and because I had a Brompton and had plans to do something in Richmond we had to park one of our cars nearby for me to stash the bike there rather than lock it up. Precious, I know, but it cost me £810 and I just wasn’t prepared to risk it. So, we both drove a car to Halfords to buy The Monster a bike helmet, then on to designated free parking in St Margaret’s to drop off my car. Then hubby dropped me and Pickle and our bikes at Twicks (are you keeping up?) and he drove on to our friends to get bike and cycle back to us.

Yes, fairly exhausting already.


Pickle and I rode up to the park where she had a lovely time and when the others arrived we cycled on to a park at the foot of Richmond bridge. Pickle did moan ALOT but I was expecting that and to be fair, she did ride the whole way. Another park, some more fun and some half eaten sandwiches and then I rode my bike to the car at St Margaret’s and left it in the boot. Then walked back to the park and Pickle and I left hubby and TM to ride back to Twickenham and we headed off to the cinema. Disaster occurred though as my carefully researched cinema times appeared to have addled my brain and the 1.20 showing was not on. Next showing was 3.45 and after panicked texting to hubby and some friends we were supposed to visit later, I bought the tickets and Pickle and I had 2 hours to kill.

Cycling – TICK

We visited a bookstore and wandered in a few shops before ending up in Starbucks with a tea, a babycino and a choc chip cookie. We had a lovely time actually, chatting and watching an artist sketch next to us. In the end the artist turned out to be a hairdresser and he chatted to the two of us about his artistic family and then told us about a basic art app for the phone. We promptly downloaded it and Pickle spent the next 20 minutes sketching on it.

THEN we watched Brave, the new Disney movie. Very scary in places but a fantastic movie that provides a good anecdote to the “princess gets rescued by the prince” storyline we are often subjected to. My daughter has fallen asleep tonight giggling about the boob swan dive. Watch it, it’s very good.

Washing – 1 emergency knicker wash.
wine – 0 tonight (I need a night off)

So Day 3 is over, which is a bit sad, but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Bring on Day 4


About freefallinginto40

I am 40 years old. I blog about how I'm coping with my "new" age at . I'm a married mother to two after years of infertility. I have a 6 year old called Pickle and a 3 year old called The Monster. I work 4 days a week. We are also planning a move to the country! I blog about that at
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