Sunday, 10 June 2012

A Grand Day Out

We saved almost everything to do on the last day of half term!  Never organise anything properly.

It was an early start to get to Brands Hatch for 8.30 a.m. - younger daughter had a "Young Drive" booked for 9.00 a.m - this was one of her birthday presents from January - we did expect that the weather would be much better by June but whilst the rain held off it was pretty windy yesterday.

They drove off, three children to each mini with the instructor and spent two and a half hours learning to drive, negotiate cones, three point turns, hill starts - you name it, they did it.

We got to watch - a half day well spent - younger daughter was thrilled to bits, loved every minute, wants to go again tomorrow and can't wait to get behind a wheel properly - unfortunately she has rather a wait - at least four more years.  Still, I'm sure this will not be the last time we go to Brands Hatch.  The husband wants to go racing and elder daughter (who has yet to pass her test) wants to take an advanced driving course!  Me?  I'll just stick to being the taxi service.

negotiating the cones
All done

From here we headed into London and stopped off in Greenwich to view the Royal River exhibition at the National Maritime Museum which was fabulous.  If we had had more time we would have visited the Cutty Sark as well, but time was short so all we managed was a couple of photographs!

From here we made our way to Chelsea (King's Road) and just had time for a quick/late lunch at Partridges before elder daughter went off to Liz Earle for a facial - one of her birthday presents from February - I had hoped to make it to Notting Hill to have lunch at Granger & Co. but time just did not permit - maybe another day during the summer holidays combined with a browse through Books for Cooks a favourite haunt for myself and my sister whenever she manages to make the trip over here from Australia.

The husband happily played the part of Chauffeur to us all day - he has his uses after all!


  1. You certainly did pack it in!
    Thank goodness it was dry - what a great day out. Bet you were all exhausted when you got home. Well done chauffeur.

    1. I know, too exhausted to cook dinner - had to have dinner at the local Toby Carvery!!

  2. What great birthday presents. Did you see the large ship in the bottle outside the new enterance of the Maritime Museum. I have to pay a visit to Greenwich anytime we are in London, it is one of my favourite places.

    1. No, I didn't see the ship in the bottle - did I walk around with my eyes shut? How did I miss that?!!!