Yesterday we had a real treat, we went to Colne Valley Railway to visit Santa on his steam train special. The children were very excited as they had (thanks to Aunty Nicky) received special invites with golden tickets in beforehand. I had a little trepidation as I knew that snow was on the way and by the time we left the first flakes had started to fall.
We got there with no problems at all and met up with our fellow travellers. The kids were actually listening to some extent and soon it was time to board the train. We were in the royal carriage and it really was luxurious, huge wing back trains and tables where the kids could colour in the pictures and mazes that Aunty Nicky had brought with her.
We were soon joined by a jolly elf who warmed the kids up and got them shouting for him to appear, and he soon did. He spent a fair amount of time chatting with the children and making them feel really special and you could sense the excitement as the children were allowed to open their presents early. Matthew was enthralled with the steam train itself and Lucy enjoyed the attention from all the people, baby Henry loved the decorations the carriage was kitted out with.
When we got back to the station we had been told that snow was rapidly approaching so we made a fairly hasty retreat. The journey back was two hours and averaged ten miles an hour and we saw lots of spins and accidents so were grateful to be home safely.
The evening brought the final of Strictly Come Dancing. We allowed Heather to stay up and watch it as she had followed the whole series and supported Kara throughout. She was delighted when she won. Whilst we were waiting for the results the other celebrities performed a number sung by Adele. This caused a number of questions. Heather wanted to know who the singer was as she had been talking when she was announced. She initially thought she was Duffy but we assured her three times that she was called Adele.
'Did she make my computer then?' Heather piped up.
I managed to squeak out a no before joining James in laughing until I cried to which she asked;
'Are you laughing at me?'