We went on Wednesday to Oxford to see Nick Baker give his talk. It was an evening talk-so started at 6:30pm, the kids first ‘evening outing’. The talk was very good and he is a very engaging speaker. There were about 15 to 20 kids, the rest were adults. I had thought the count would be higher for children. The children who were there- mostly boys of about 11 were there because they wanted to be. They were very interested, asked great questions and gave good answers.
At the end Nick opened the floor up for some questions. Kieran, by far the youngest had his hand up the whole time. He called on him last. We had no idea what Kieran was going to say-and were just as curious as everyone else why he had his hand up so long. Especially as all the usual questions, such as his favourite animal, had already been asked. Kieran’s’ question was: ‘Why is it that people cause all the pollution and the animals don’t cause any?’ The look on the man’s face was priceless! Kieran is going to email him it again to see if he came up with an answer yet.
After that talk it was the first time I really, truly missed diners. Where can you go at 8:30pm with kids for a sit-down warm treat on a cold night? We would have gone to a diner back home to have chips and a hot chocolate—there aren’t places like that here. Maybe that’s an idea for someone to try here in the UK. I think it’d be great!
Today the kids and I went into town, once we found parking, to get some shoes I had ordered from a small shoe shop. I ordered a pair of shoes from Josef Seibel from them about two weeks ago. I was thrilled they got some in. Was even more thrilled to find another pair on sale, and a pair of dress shoes on sale for Hazel. And then I got over 10% off the shoes I ordered because of some promotion or other. Both of mine are good for walking around town etc… in trousers. I’ll have to go back in the New Year and look for some dressier ones for me!