Weekend in the West Midlands
Last weekend, we decided to have a bit of a family mini-break and actually do something that I am sure my mother has accused me of doing in my teenage years – treating my parents’ house like a hotel.
One of the best things about visiting my parents’ house in the West Midlands, is that both them and the girls have a really great time playing together, whilst Rich and I can put our feet up and have a hot drink – and everyone is happy!
On Saturday morning we took the girls on the train into Birmingham. Freyja had only been on the train once and this was Emily’s first time. They initially were both a bit nervous and excited, but very quickly were loving the experience – looking out the windows and playing with the fold down tables.
We headed towards the National Sealife Centre Birmingham, passing through Victoria Square. Here I was able to introduce Freyja to the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, and the statue of Queen Victoria, whom Freyja declared was “very tall”. I don’t think she fully appreciated that the column on which she stood wasn’t actually part of her body.
We had a lovely morning at the Sealife Centre. Our favourite creatures were the penguins, rays, seahorses and Molokai the green sea turtle.
Afterwards, we had two hungry (and beginning to get grumpy as a result of this) little girls. So we ate at Jimmy Spices. We have been to the one in Sutton Coldfield several times so confident that due to serving a whole range of different foods from around the world there would be something to suit all of us. We even found a new way to entertain Emily – give her her sister’s half eaten marshmallow on a stick (from the chocolate fountain) and she was kept amused for ages playing with it. She wouldn’t eat it, but it made a pretty good aeroplane.
Well fed, we headed over to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, passing the new library building, which was particularly impressive as it gleamed in the sunshine. We had a wonder around the museum, trying to introduce the girls to some of the lovely Pre-Raphaelite paintings that the BMAG is home to. Emily was tired, but interested in some stained glass windows. Freyja wasn’t particularly impressed with the contemporary art, but went up on the gallery to have a look at some pretty pieces of metal work and jewellery. We didn’t spend long here as Emily went to sleep and Freyja was obviously getting tired. We headed on back to the train station, going via the Disney Store to get both girls a little treat!
In the evening, we were able to take further advantage of my parents by leaving them to babysit, whilst Rich and I headed back into the city. We spent our train journey trying to remember how many times we had been out together as just a couple in the last year. We had a lovely time, with good food, conversation and drink. It was good to be able to sit out at a bar down by the canals, enjoying a mojito and watching the occasional narrow boat go past.