Last weekend we went to Halesowen. It turned out to be a busy couple of days.
We decided to drive down on the Friday, and set off at 6pm. The journey normaly takes about two-and-a-half hours. Due to numerous minor accidents, we only pulled into my mum and dad's drive at 11pm.
Next day, we made use of our free return tickets to the West Midlands Safari Park. It seemed that plenty of other people had the same idea - at times it was like sitting in a two-lane traffic jam, with the dubious bonus of being surrounded by Giraffes, Camels and all brands of Deer. We didn't bother with the rides this time, and didn't really take any pictures - click here for images from our visit in July.
Grandma and Granddad Smith's main present was tickets to see In The Night Garden Live, which is touring the country and had arrived in Birmingham's Cannon Hill Park. I didn't know exactly how the thirty-minute TV show would translate to an hour-long stage show. The answer is: really well.
A mixture of puppetry and costumes, a minimalist set, and a restrictions to the audience size for each show conspired to give us a neat, simple and well put together extended episode. All the children in the room were engrossed. There were even a couple of Night Garden groupies in the audience; one girl (who must have been about three or four) was wearing an Upsy Daisy outfit.