Election day for us meant that both the children had a day off while their respective institutions were being used as polling stations.
Hugh and I decided to make the most of it. We had a lazy morning - stayed in our pj's until 11 - or in Henry's case until he wanted to go outside to watch some tree-surgery action so was forced to get dressed. Then we headed out to the Natural History Museum - a rare opportunity
to visit it when it wouldn't be quite as crowded as it gets on weekends or
in school holidays. I had considered going to Legoland - but a friend
warned me that it is really not my thing... something I suspected to be
honest - and happy parents = happy children has always been my motto; so we stuck to what we know.
By the time we got to
South Kensington it was time for lunch...
There are some nice options around South Ken, after a little deliberation we choose to have sandwiches at Fernandez & Wells
We sat in the window on these lovely Ercol chairs...
... and had a selection of delicious sandwiches and a bowl
of gazpacho; one of my all-time favourites dishes, and this one was
fantastic. So good that I quite fancy popping back there for more now.
Looking out to our other favourite pre/post museum pit stop - Casa Brindisa. Perfect for a pretend trip to Spain to try tapas.
Henry pretending to be a door. Very handy.
Once lunch was done we wandered up to the museum.
We borrowed an explorers back-pack for the birds gallery where Coco got stuck into identifying and drawing a toucan before moving on to the Dodo - perfect as she her school topic is about endangered animals and extinction... nice cheerful stuff.
Henry almost did a drawing of an ibis but was quickly requesting a trip to see the moving dinosaur.
At which point I remembered about the Earthquake experience so we went up to that instead... which Henry LOVED. He didn't quite get it, obvs.
Waiting for the tremours to start in the mocked-up Japanese supermarket.
We did make it to see the T-Rex (with no queues...) "Hello Mr Dinosaur"
Henry said... before it was time to hot-foot it back west for Coco's
swimming lesson... our weekly trip to Syon park where we also popped
into the garden centre and got ourselves some new strawberry plants and a
load more salad and bean seeds.
And then once the children were in bed it was off to school for us to cast our votes.