It’s our last February half term ever…my youngest child is in his last year at sixth form college and once he has finished this summer, that will be it. We will no longer have to suffer the throngs of parents and children queuing up for the Natural History and Science Museum or indeed, back in the day (when I was still married), compete with 100’s of three year olds that are better than you on a ski slope somewhere.

Nevertheless, I will miss all that time we had to hang out together and the structure that school life brings. So much so that I stupidly decided to take the week off work in a nostalgic whim, thinking I would do lots of things with my last born child. Well, that was a foolish thought. I am sitting here blogging whilst he is talking to a friend of his who isn’t even in the building whilst playing an Xbox game that is emitting lots of gunfire from what I can hear. Yesterday he went out with his mates and came back late. He will no doubt do the same as soon as he gets bored of his game in a minute. I keep forgetting that 17 year olds have an allergic reaction to their parents.

Even the cat doesn’t want to talk to me, despite looking very uncomfortable:-

Cat at computer

Cat at computer

That said, it’s been just as well I’ve been around because my daughter has had the lurgy all week. Bronchitis and flu rolled into one and she’s been really unwell. So I’ve been able to be nursemaid to her and stay holed up and warm at home attending to her every need. Poor thing, it’s so horrid being ill.

Whilst she stayed upstairs in isolation, we did manage to celebrate pancake day AND Valentine’s day this week, inviting the little cousins over to flip pancakes and I’ve also done a quick trip to Wisley to see their winter walk and butterfly house, amidst lots of children, but obviously without any of my own.

Wisley looked lovely and the winter trail is worth checking out – especially with the added attraction of the butterfly house:-

HUGE snowdrops, although you can’t tell:-

Wisley snowdrops

Wisley snowdrops

Wisley butterflies

Wisley butterflies

Wisley winter walk

Wisley winter walk

Wisley Winter walk

Wisley Winter walk

Wisley brussel sprouts

Wisley brussel sprouts

Pancake making with my niece:-

Pancake day

Pancake day

Looks a little more comfortable now he’s turned round!:-

Cat at computer

Cat at computer

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