With all hopes for long sunny days on the beach dashed by the great British summer, we resorted to Plan B for filling a wet and chilly Wednesday.
A day trip up to London to introduce Monster and Minx to the wonders of the Natural History Museum.
The world and his wife and gazillionty children all had the same idea. As a result the day involved a fair smattering of doing what we do best in this country.....queueing!
To do this wonderful museum justice we really need to spend several weeks there - preferably without children! There is just so much to see and read and we barely scraped the surface.
Monster and I had great fun imagining a night spent there alone a la Night at the Museum.
Mind you - I'd have to get my duster out!!
It's a fascinating glimpse of the weird and wonderful creatures that have inhabited this planet.
At times quite shocking when you note how many are now extinct.....and how recently they have gone.
This case really struck a chord with me. A big display, from one (Victorian) man's collection.
Full of hummingbirds of every type imaginable - complete with tiny nests and eggs.
Is it any wonder with such avid 'collecting' that so many beautiful creatures have become scarce or worse?
Shocking as it is, it does serve as a timely reminder of just how fragile life on this little planet of ours is and places such as the Natural History Museum are invaluable as an educational resource.
Oooh - look at me getting all philosophical at 5.24am.....
.....you can't beat a bit of insomnia for helping you ponder the great questions.....
....such as - Is it time I put the kettle on for my third cup of tea of the day?
Mmm - I think maybe it is :)
Sleep tight xxxx