Friday, 12 July 2013

Town or Country

What do you think are the places for cheapest or best value days out?

I think it's probably cities. Yes there's more to spend on but once you're there there's generally more free stuff too. Galleries, museums, street performances, markets to putter around, open spaces to sit and have your picnic etc. If you can avoid the lure of the shops then there's plenty to do rain or shine. The countryside is free but it's not necessarily set up for fun times if it starts to boil or chuck it down with rain. 

Cities require no equipment, you can wear what you want, just turn up and you'll be ok. Country requires proper footwear and things unless you want to look like one of those people who get stranded half way up the fell carrying your child in a rucksack wearing only flipflops and a sundress. The seaside is in theory cheap but for a full day it too requires equipment, at a minimum it requires a book or a dog, at worst it requires some kind of temporary structure to prevent burning and to keep the worst of the sand out of the tomato sarnies. 

I fully realise that this is a biased train of thought as I am not a countryside person. Although I did walk through a field that had sheep in it in Scorton and was within 2 meters of a cow at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Despite Dan's nightmare Nottingham train trip this week I'm excited about tomorrow now that Red Spotted Hanky has helped me to get over my train doubts. The only downside is that I've just looked at the weather forecast - a broadly tolerable 22 here in Lytham St Annes a far-too-hot-for-me 28 in Birmingham. I look forward to your many air conditioned public buildings second city of England.

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  1. Enjoy your trip.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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    1. Thank you Mum. I can hardly wait!

      We've just finished the mammoth bunny pen moving session so they'll be nice and cool here while we're away.

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  2. Keeping our pets cool is not an easy task at the moment. We have had steadily rising temperatures all last week and they've hit 31 degrees Saturday and Sunday. Our cat is very unhappy. She sits under the fan for a while but it's really moving hot air about. Outside is hotter than inside. Once it's shady in the evenings we go out but it's not any better. How do you keep the bunnys cool? Where are you moving them to?

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    1. Hope your cat isn't too bothered by the heat.

      Our house runs from North East to South West so we've moved the buns from the sunny living room to the darker dining area, it's always a couple of degrees cooler in there. We have a lot of frozen water bottles to put into their pen and a couple of tiles wrapped in a towel so they can sit on them to keep cool.

      They were fine on Saturday and seem to quite enjoy the change of scene too!

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  3. Have a good trip. I would vote for a city day out. Much more to do and look at and you're right about just going in the clothes and footwear that you wear every day. HOpe it's not too hot. We have reached 31 degrees this weekend.

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    1. Thanks. It was very hot at some points but we just nipped into places where it was cooler out of the sun and it wasn't too bad. I would love to go back there when it's not quite so hot for even more of a look around.

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