With Christmas looming there are few better things to do on a Saturday than avoid the rain (15mm) with a few thousand other people at a huge shopping centre. (With a three year old who has not yet worked out queues and their purpose.)

That done it was off to Joshua’s gymnastics display, which lasted for three hours. Almost 500 participants displayed their talents, bringing about boredom for the three year old and thus another shopping trip.

The evening was a barbecue which should have been great fun, but three-year-old was tired and didn’t eat. Instead she demanded pyjamas and ended up at home in bed at 19:45. Six year old lasted until after 22:00, when a friend gave him and Mum a lift home via Christmas lights. Both kids slept well…

Sunday was swimming in the morning, with much time spent splashing and diving and body surfing in the wave pool. On return home three year old demanded that she stay at home for the rest of the day… So Joshua and Mum went off by bike delivering Christmas cards to his school friends, whilst three year old and I make Christmas Pudding.

After a visit from Bruce and Sheila in the evening the day ended with the kids eating a new meal (!) including one of the small puddings.