We stopped off for lunch on the way and then plunged into the Manchester motorways to get to the Trafford Centre. OMG, it's not that close to Christmas, but it seemed as if the whole of the North West was trying to get to the Trafford Centre today. We got horribly stuck in traffic, and were moving at 3 miles an hour for the last 3 miles - not great - just as well we left plenty of time just in case. On arrival, we couldn't find any parking spaces, the place was rammed. In the end Matt had to dump me and Tom so we could make our way to the exhibition (we had timed tickets) and he find somewhere to park. He eventually left it on a grass verge on double yellow lines (along with everyone else!). He made it to the venue in time - phew! This was a meet up with Sara and Ian - friends of the Watsons, well now the Watsons aren't here we are having to meet up with their friends instead! Their 6 year old Jessica, gets on really well with Tom. They also have a 2 year old, James, who is a bundle of energy and, well a 2 year old, so into everything with no regard for anyone or anything including himself!
|Squidging dinosaur poo!|
It was all done really really well, the actors were great and the time flew. We all really enjoyed it (except Jessica at the end who was worried about the crew left behind at the station and in tears. In the end she had to have it explained to her that it was all fake!) Very well done and very enjoyable.
We then met up with Sara and James and went for tea together in The Trafford Centre. The place was still full, but we managed to find ourselves a table in a restaurant called Tampopo which served South-East Asian and Japanese food.
Oh - forgot to mention we collected dozens of bottles of homemade cider which Matt and Cameron made together quite a few years ago. We had all forgotten about it, but when the Watsons emptied their house prior to their move to China they found them all and handed them over to Sara and Ian so they could give them to us. Expect to be force fed cider when you come to visit. It's not that bad - so long as you like dry cider!
|Not a bad turn out for a small village - all impeccably behaved as well.|
|Nice and solemn, our boy did good!|
Once finished, we headed home, got changed into more comfortable gear and headed out. Tom had a birthday party at Settle pool, so Matt and I went to Watershed Mill for lunch. We then went for a short walk to Scalebar Force. This is on the Malham road, by the Highland Cows, we have driven past it many times not realising it was there. A fantastic waterfalls, definitely need to go back to play in it during the summer. We then went on a Highland Cow hunt and were rewarded by 4 who came over to see us.
Then back home and tea. Matt and Tom then went up towards Ribblehead to do some star gazing with a local expert. A fun packed weekend I think you'll agree!