Things have been ticking over pretty much as normal here in the Winchurst household â€“ lots of washing, lots of cleaning and yet still finding a laundry pile the size of Everest and wondering if you just dreamt the last 2 hours you thought you had spent with the hoover and damp cloth!
Unfortunately, we are a bit of a plague pit at the minute. Dan has been working too hard and his immune system has finally over loaded and landed him with a cold â€“ Isabel also has a cold but Iâ€™m not sure if this has come from Daddy or another sourceâ€¦â€¦..so far (and not for much longer I suspect), I have not succumbed to the evil germs but Iâ€™m sure my turn will inevitably come!
Last week, Isabel and I spent a few days at Hotel Radcliffe whilst Dan was away at Center Parcs in Brussels on a course â€“ it was nice to have a few days away from home (but this may yet prove to be the culprit of the cold!) and to be able enjoy the delights of Grandpa Jeffâ€™s cooking! Isabel even had the chance to get up close and personal with a cat â€“ Biba wasnâ€™t too thrilled (the pinned back ears were a bit of a give-away!), but tolerated Isabels attempt at gentle stroking and placing her head on her whilst she said â€œAhhhhhh!â€!
Next week, Dan is hopefully getting some time off and we plan to spend it with family (just in case of emergencies that would cause Dan to need to zoom back here!). First weâ€™ll be back at Hotel Radcliffe where we are looking forward to seeing Good Old Uncle Ted, who is making a flying visit from the U S of A â€“ given that he has never met Isabel and the last time we saw him was the week before I discovered I was pregnant with Isabel, itâ€™ll be good to catch up!
After that we will be heading to Devon to stay at Hotel Winchurst until the end of the week â€“ yet more furry creatures for Isabel to torment and a good chance to show off all her new skills to a new and willing audienceâ€¦.sheâ€™ll be in her element! (And Iâ€™ll apologise in advance in case we bring our stinky germs with us!)
Saturday will see us back here in time for a fancy dress Halloween party â€“ look out for pictures from this as Isabel has a Spider costume, especially brought back for her from the â€œBest Costume shop on Broadway, New Yorkâ€â€¦â€¦â€¦.many thanks to Aunty Catherine for going above and beyond the call of duty (as usual!) â€“ and giving Mummy a good excuse not to feel guilty about her lack of dressing up!