So – half term is here already and we have a week packed with visiting friends and family. The social week started when Justine and Constance came for a sleepover. Much wine was drunk, much food was eaten and not enough sleep was had but the smiles and laughter were in plentiful supply and our home improvements proved once again to be a fabulous entertaining space.
Today was our one and only family day so we arranged for Togo to be entertained by Keri of K9&Co where he got to play with a selection of dogs all morning. Unfortunately Lay had to do some last minute system repair at work so we altered our original plan to go to Butlins for the day and instead came up with a cunning plan to accommodate everyones wishes instead.
So without further ado Mummy, Megan and William set off on foot and headed for the bus stop on Drift Road. Luckily for us the no 8 bus was waiting at the bus stop so we hopped straight on and it wasn’t long before we were on our way.
First stop on our adventure was Waterlooville (although interestingly the bus stopped outside play planet and I think Megan and William would have been very happy to get off there!!). It was time to tick of something off mummy’s wish list – a hair cut for the children at Bambino’s at Gino’s. William was first to go and chose a ride in a plane, whist Megan waited her turn and then jumped aboard Dumbo for her cut.
Sporting new hair do’s Megan and William selected a new toy from poundland (they were limited to coin but both managed to find something within budget 😉 and then we headed to Costa for a hot chocolate and cake for the children and coffee and tiffin for mummy.
So far so good – and the timings worked out perfectly as we had just finished our cake and drinks when Daddy arrived in the car park having finished work for the day. We all met up and headed off to gunwharf.
Whilst the bus journey at the start of the day was exciting, Megan was a bit disappointed that it hadn’t been a double decker bus. As we were whizzing down the M275 we noticed the new Portsmouth park and ride was operated by double decker buses so we did a quick change of plans and diverted off the roundabout and back to the park and ride so we could complete Megan’s wish. At a bargin price of just £3 for the day (including bus transfers) we parked up and joined the queue for the bus. We were lucky enough to get a seat on the top deck and enjoyed spotting people, places and the tops of other buses as we made our way to the hard interchage.
A short walk (past a noisy building site and through a tunnel) and we were at Gunwharf Quays. We nipped up the moving staircase into the cinema complex where we booked tickets for peppa pig before wandering around looking for a very tall tower and a suitable lunch stop. We found the tower and whilst we were admiring its height we spotted the Indian Palace and decided that as Daddy loves his curry and had wanted to see how the children fared in an Indian restaurant for ages we should grant him his wish and off we went. We had a table by the window with the tower looming high above us. We could just about see the people on the viewing platform from our seats.
It wasnt long before our feast arrived and we were tucking into a delicious curry. The children had chicken korma whilst I had a lamb korai and Lay had naga lamb.
The meal was a great success – the children ate well (as did all of us) and I think it is fair to say William was full to bursting point!!!
With full bellies we had time to wander through the shops and back to the cinema to take up position in our VIP seats to watch Peppa Pig’s Golden Boots movie – Williams wish. Megan and William enjoyed the performance and both joined in with the audience participation surrounding each short film. A great experience for us all.
Feeling rather weary after the film we decided to quit whilst we were ahead and made our way back to the bus. We were near the front of the queue this time and Megan and William made a b-line for their seats of choice (right at the back of the bus on the top deck).
An uneventful bus ride back to the park and ride and a smooth car journey saw us back at home where we were greeted by a tired Togo. A lovely family day out and one which I will remember for a long time for all the right reasons!!