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Monday afternoon...

I'm sitting having a cuppa in the kitchen; the Girl is trying to put an elastic band one of the kitchen cupboard door handles; the Boy is out playing in his sandpit and the Mrs is upstairs cleaning the bathroom. I'll shortly go out and cut the grass while she makes some soup for lunches during the week. This morning, being a bank holiday and therefore a day I don't need to go to work, we were all awake at 7am. By 10.30 we were over in Holywood having our elevenses at the Yard Gallery (definitely my favourite coffee shop right now). We always feel scruffy when we go there, so many well dressed wealthy people. We left there to go to the beach and playpark at Ballymenoch Park, where we also felt a bit scruffy. It's a good place to go to indulge in inverse-snobbery. Then, to top off a great morning we headed into Belfast for lunch, ending up at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen at Victoria Square (very nice and helpful staff). The boy loves the viewing platform at Victoria Square so we endure the lifts (there simply isn't enough of them). [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="180" caption="Looking down from level 2 on Victoria Square"]Victoria Square, traffic cone[/caption] Back home at 3pm for an afternoon of chores, as long as we can work up the energy. The boy and girl are fighting over her birthday present right now. He never gives her a chance to play with anything on her own.

Yesterday

Church in the morning followed by a very quick jaunt up Divis (we didn't make it to the summit this time). [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Looking south to the Mournes from a very windy Divis"]Breezy Divis[/caption]

Saturday

Belfast Zoo in the morning and ToysRUs in the afternoon. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="The View from the "cafe" at the top of Belfast Zoo"]Belfast Zoo[/caption]