Despite being extremely tired following so many hectic days, I had to forgo a lie in on Saturday morning as family were coming down.
There were still several loads of washing to be done and then a picnic to prepare.
The weather wasn't kind to us and was very windy and rainy, but we were thankful the rain held off for the picnic.
We went up to a local hill which is always popular with our visitors for the views and the green space to play on.
The Teens brought their kites for the little ones to play with ( I say little ones, but the lad is about to start Hayden Senior School next month!) and everything started well.
Pretty soon the little lass took over flying the kite and I reminded her she had to hold on tight to the handle or the kite would fly away.
She was very good and kept a tight grip....until two large Alsatians bounded out of a car and ran straight up to her!
The poor terrified girl dropped the handle and ran for her life as fast as her little legs could carry her!!
I have to say I would probably have done the same!
So the next hour was spent with the men trying to tease the kite out of a tree, which was surrounded by brambles and bushes!
They managed to get it out of the tree and then down onto the bush, and after so pulling and tugging had the kite out, rather torn and carbon fibres slightly shredded....
...but with the help of some duck tape it was soon flying high again!
Meanwhile us girls sat on the bench and took in the view.
I had taken along the "Find Its" in case it rained and we were stuck sheltering in the car.
The mum was addicted pretty soon and instantly ordered one on Amazon and was starting to create a list of people they would make ideal presents for!
It was a good job I had taken both games so they could both try and find that penny!
Eventually the lad wanted to go crabbing, something he had enjoyed the last time he was with us...
...its always popular and so cheap to do!!
...the crabs weren't biting today, but they did manage to catch a few shrimp and that was satisfying enough for them.
We then met up in Bella Italia for dinner with their parents and brother.
It had been suggested their mum would be addicted to the Find It game...and yep...she enjoyed it and reckoned her late dad would have enjoyed it too.
Whilst we were waiting for our meals to come, the Find Its really came in handy...
...although their dad preferred the word search on the kids menu!
Meanwhile with the adults in charge of the Penny challenge, Teen One taught the kids Uno, which occupied them the whole time...and considering we were there for over three and a half hours, I was so glad I had thought to pack it!
The arrangement had been, that the Grandma would trade in her Tesco vouchers for Bella Italia vouchers, and we would then split the difference, which would be mainly the drinks bill.
So when the bill came in for almost £250 we were very thankful for those Tesco vouchers!
However we were in for a shock!
Sadly when the vouchers were printed off, the small print wasn't read.
They weren't available at this particular branch throughout the month of August!!!
If only we had known we could have gone to another Bella Italia not too far away!
It kind of spoilt the end of a lovely day, in as much as we all like to watch the pennies and consider treats like this rare and only possible because of the vouchers.
I am a regular reader of small print and hopefully they will be in future too.
We were right on the water front and Hubby mentioned the sun would be setting pretty soon, so we hung around for that, just to lift the mood and end on a high note.
It was a lovely day, although by the time we got home I was like that little Duracell bunny...completely out of charge!!
With so many hectic days, it was lovely to have a normal Sunday today.
With the dinner cooked and cleared away, we had a quiet afternoon with Grandma playing our usual games and my batteries are slowly starting to recharge!
Next week is looking to be a fairly relaxed on, aside for some scone making for an upcoming family wedding...having spent the morning thinking I was going to be making 400, the real figure is going to be a doddle!