Football, BBQ and Water Fun

England flag - St George's cross

The past week seems to have gone in a flash. The kids had a long weekend because of an inset day last Friday. We had planned on a trip into town for a food festival but Star was having none of it. She didn’t want to go to town, it was too hot and there were too many people. Well, she wasn’t wrong.

I wasn’t feeling so good myself either so as a compromise we decided to go out for lunch instead. The kids immediately piped up that they wanted to go to Mc Donalds, but I thought it would be nice to go somewhere else. I still wanted it to feel like a day out rather than a quick lunch at old Maccy D’s.

We ended up at a pub with a lovely outside area for the kids, so we had a nice meal out and the kids got to play outside.

BBQ and Water Fun

On Saturday the main focus was football. It was England’s quarter final match with Sweden and our hopes were high. Our neighbours suggested that we had a BBQ and shared the fun of the match together. They fired up first and fed the kids. Then they got their water slide out and the kids, young and old, had a lot of fun.

Then it was time for the match and we watched it in each of our homes but shared our tribulations in the garden. We soon discovered that as we received our television by cable and they by satellite, we were getting the match quite a few seconds earlier than them. The first goal we started yelling and they just looked at us weird…then they saw the goal and joined in. It ended up being quite amusing listening to their reactions a few seconds after ours.

Everyone was overjoyed when England won 2-0 and made it to the semi finals.

To celebrate our BBQ was fired up and the kids got in the paddling pool. It turned out to be a real fun day.

On Sunday Graham had to drive down to Luton to pick up our eldest daughter. Her flight kept getting delayed and she was originally due home at 6pm, but ended up getting back at nearly 8pm. It was almost 10pm before they got back.

I had a busy day alone without Graham’s help but I managed, although I was pretty shattered by the end.

I have been enjoying all the hot weather but the last day or so I’ve noticed a change. I’m not sure if it’s me or the actual weather but it feels a lot more humid, the air feels thicker and I’m sweating a lot more. It’s been cloudier today but I’ve been hotter than ever! I’m really hoping for a little rain soon. I might be able to sleep a little better too.


Back to football, I’ve really been enjoying the World Cup this year and I’ve barely missed a match. Some I’ve found exciting and others not so, I still can’t quite believe it, I’m watching football! This week we see England play in the Semi final against Croatia and I’m really excited. Maybe we’ll even see them in the final next week!

So my word of the week this week is football. And trust me, I never imagined that it would be 🙂

EDIT: I did write this post before the match before Wednesday and sadly England did not win against Croatia and won’t be playing in the final on Sunday. Will I be watching? Yes, I will and of course I’ll be watching England face Belgium again.


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  1. July 10, 2018 / 12:48 pm

    Oh yes, your trip to the pub was way better than any trip to Maccy D’s….
    It sounds like you had lots of fun on Saturday. My dad’s TV is a couple of seconds behind mine and I was on the phone when a match was on (not an England one) and I saw the goal first. He was very confused too. lol
    It was pretty cool here yesterday which was such a relief….Now the sun is back but it’s still not quite as warm as it has been.
    The football has been amazing. I can’t believe we are so close to the final and most of the big teams are out. x

  2. July 10, 2018 / 1:20 pm

    Love the idea of sharing the day with your neighbor with BBQ and water games for kids. It’s so funny about the seconds delay between cable carriers. That must have been an add to the fun. #keepingitreal

  3. July 10, 2018 / 3:00 pm

    Nothing like a fun day with BBQ! #keepingitreal

  4. July 13, 2018 / 4:40 am

    Good morning Anne, I’m not into football and the behaviour of some fans after a win over here is a letdown to England and the football players that were playing their hardest. But sadly we’ll always get a few that think destroying property and intimidating people is the way to celebrate… Your day sounded good, I may have even been drawn into the spirit of things with a barbecue and some water fun!… There was a couple of minute delay on the football where my husband works and at the end of Wednesday’s match (before the defeat) one cocky young lad got up announced the result and walked off. I’m surprised someone didn’t lamp him one!… A pub lunch sounds far more fun and ‘day out-ish’ than McDs and far better than a trip to town when it’s hot and busy… If we ever get cloud cover in summer the humidity shoots up, and just moving feels like hard work.

    Have a good weekend and thank you for sharing your week at #keepingitreal


  5. July 13, 2018 / 10:50 am

    I don’t normally watch football either but I was hooked on Wednesday…and I’m scottish! We finally have rain here in Liverpool, the grass will be saved hopefully! Has it reached you yet? I’ll send some your way!

  6. July 13, 2018 / 11:14 am

    We have loved this World Cup! What a tournament it’s been, so many surprises and great games. I think our team have done our country proud and credit to Southgate, what a wonderful manager he is. And yes, we’ll be watching both games this weekend, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  7. July 13, 2018 / 12:16 pm

    I’ll be cheering england on saturday from sneaking looks at my phone as I’m at a wedding and watching the final on Sunday. But I’ll be supporting France in the final as I never support the team that knock us out #keepingitreal

  8. July 14, 2018 / 8:36 am

    BBC and water play us the ultimate fin on simme isn’t nt it. My eldest watched the match on Wednesday and was gutted about the loss X #wotw

  9. July 14, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    Football has certainly brought everyone in the UK together for a while. #keepingitreal

  10. July 14, 2018 / 4:07 pm

    Ah it was such a shame they went out, but how amazing did they do? And I totally get what you mean about the change it got so muggy we have had a bit of rain and it feels a lot better hot but fresher x

  11. July 14, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    It sounds like you’ve had a brilliant week, lots of sunshine, football and fun. I agree that it turned a bit muggy towards the end of the week, we had a brief respite with some rain but it’s back to scorching sunshine now. I’ve watched the England games this year for the first time ever and I’ve really enjoyed them, really sad they didn’t make the final but they did brilliant overall. I hope you are enjoying the weekend x

  12. July 14, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Sounds like a fab week! Football has been a constant theme here too #WotW

  13. July 14, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    Did you cry on Wed? I did. #WotW

  14. July 16, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed the football and Saturday sounds like was a really fun day. It must have been quite funny with the slight difference in timing whilst watching the match. I have to admit that I didn’t really watch any of the World Cup but it was good to hear about England doing so well even if they didn’t manage to make it all the way to the final. #WotW

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