While I don't mind watching the odd game of rugby, it seems to have overtaken our lives recently. I'm planning meals around it, the boys are put to bed in between matches and anything that I need to discuss with my husband is done during those fleeting half-time minutes. On the up side, Wales are still battling on so I can't moan too much (come on, Wales!). Today, however, I managed to prise Paul from the sofa and coerce him in to the car for a day trip to Liverpool. I adore Liverpool. It's one of my favourite cities and the scene of many fun nights out which are now actually quite hazy in my mind (old age or too much wine, I can't be sure which). I take the boys in the week sometimes when it's quieter (the Tate is a favourite) but today we popped across the water as a family instead.
Our first port of call, much to the boys' delight, was McDonald's. We were invited to a very special storytelling of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox to celebrate the distribution of 14 million books featuring extracts from Dahl's most popular books inside Happy Meals, as part of McDonald's Happy Readers initiative. I grew up absolutely enthralled by both Roald Dahl's and Enid Blyton's books. Other than the Harry Potter series, no other books are more magical and kudos to McDonald's for partnering with the National Literacy Trust and putting them in to the hands of so many children. The Witches was my personal favourite but I also adored Matilda. And who doesn't love The BFG and George's Marvellous Medicine?!
As I mentioned, we were treated to a special storytelling of Fantastic Mr Fox (Liverpool's most popular Roald Dahl book) by local theatre company, Travelled Companions, and it was amazing! My two are many wonderful things but good at sitting still is not one of them. But they were spellbound. I definitely need to up my game when it comes to storytelling. No more monotone monologues!
We then decided to take a short walk down to the Albert Dock, one of my favourite places in Liverpool with its plethora of museums, shops, bars and restaurants, not forgetting the ferry across the Mersey (I have never been able to say that without launching (badly) in to song). It's a fantastic place to take children as it's mainly pedestrianised with so many things to see and places to run (surely it's not only my boys who alternate between walking at a snail's pace and running?), and many of the museums (Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool) are free. Which is handy, as you're likely to be persuaded to spend all of your money on ice cream instead.
We stayed in Liverpool until the sun started to sink in to the Mersey and the afternoon became a little cooler, and then headed home with our little Mr Foxes snoozing happily in the back of the car, probably dreaming of being fantastic. It was such a brilliant day out even if our night has once again been consumed by rugby.
Liverpool, you were lovely (as always).