New things 28 to 33 (staying at home)

New thing 28 : French Martini

Vodka, chambord and pineapple. Sounds so fruity and good, tasted so acidic and alcoholic.

I’m sticking to at home Espresso Martinis instead

3/10

(Photo not my own and most likely not even a French Martini)

New thing 29 : a third birthday party

This gave me so much anxiety, with a tiny house there was no room for friends. With a three year old at a small nursery there were not enough friends to fill the community centre.

We planned a little family get together at home and I was so worried without friends Emily would think it wasn’t a proper party and be upset. Luckily she mostly had a good time but the number of games and presents all got a bit overwhelming and we needed a few chill out moments to come back down to earth. God knows why I expected the terrible twos to end without any drama.

Despite the buffet and party hats and games her best bit was the evening with just her grandma, auntie and me dancing to Kylie Minogue and spinning around on our bums.

Rating varies from 1/10 to 10/10 depending on the exact time of day

New thing 30 : a Halloween Tea Party

I can’t take credit for this cute set up, I was recovering from an operation so Auntie and Uncle took over.

Emily loves afternoon tea and thinks Halloween is the most important holiday of the year so 10/10 for this little party.

New thing 31 : teaching a child to ride a bike

Look at this beautiful bike with all the accessories but no stabilisers.

Such grand plans.

I thought I was a no stabilisers person. I wanted to use the amazing bike man in Harrogate that everyone raves about who teaches your child to ride in one session.

Then I spent £200 on a bike that is just slightly too big and therefore terrifying without stabilisers to keep it steady.

I tried an outing where I held on to the bike as Emily rode it so she didn’t wobble too much, it was all going really well until she got fed up and both refused to ride the bike and refused to walk.

I was stuck in the middle of the village, I didn’t want to surrender the bike to potential thieves while I went home to collect the car. Negotiations started with Emily (and potentially also me) having a minor meltdown and ended in me carrying a shockingly heavy bike with one hand and a shockingly heavy toddler with the other.

Emily now owns a bike with stabilisers and a little strap to drag it behind me with. She has so far only done real cycling inside my tiny house.

Stress level 10/10 (and that’s before I mention the experience of building it…which was ultimately not done by me)

New thing 32 : Broadhurst Drive-By Cocktail

Here is me trying to make a “brunch” cocktail as a change to bucks fizz (I find christmas stressful and need multiple forms of alcohol before midday hits)

This is a gin, vermouth, lime juice and apple juice cocktail served as a long drink with lots of ice. It was OK but needed way more lime juice and a good splash of simple syrup to make it a decent drink.

Next time I’ll just mix up different fruit juices with prosecco as I think a peach puree with prosecco is equally brunchy but tastier and less effort

4/10

New thing 33 : Frankly Delicious Chocolate Order

I follow lots of people and places on Instagram thinking one day I will buy from them and rarely do. Frank posted one day about how hard it is being a small business so I finally got round to ordering some dark chocolate with blackcurrant which was excellent. It is a lot more expensive than most chocolate (as it is responsibility sourced and made in small batches) but perfect for a treat.

No photo as it was immediately eaten but 10/10

New things 22 to 27 Seaside Holiday

Apparently I refuse to not finish the thing that no one (including myself) is that bothered about. If anything six months of trying new things convinced me that unless you are on some kind of round the world trip it’s actually more fun doing the things you already enjoy more often.

But anyway…

New thing 22 : Scarborough Tram

£1 to save carrying a toddler up way too many steps to our hotel

10/10

Sharing a tram with a man who genuinely thought the council swept the beach each night to smooth out yesterday’s sand castles (even though they didn’t bother emptying the bins)

also 10/10

New thing 23 : Scarborough Big Wheel

£12 to queue up and get a view only slightly better than the £1 tram

1/10

New thing 24 : Scary fire engine boat

With three speeds and a very small lake to navigate it isn’t technically scary, but any kind of boat / water situation where I am the only adult in charge of a toddler makes me disproportionately anxious.

This was at the little park by Scarborough Open Air Theatre so probably a less intimidating option than pedalling a Swan around Peasholme Park next door and also less effort so 5/10 from me but probably 10/10 from Emily.

New thing 24 : Little Steam Train

A cute little 1930s steam train saving me carrying a small person and all her newly acquired toys for 1 mile between Sea Life Centre and Peasholm Park. 10/10

New thing 25 : Ask Scarborough

I know I’m scraping the barrel when I throw Ask Italian in…but it is the 30th December and there are slim pickings for ‘new things’ to do in one day so it’s going in.

As far as Ask restaurants go I think this is a good one with outdoor seating across the harbour.

Unless you are afraid of seagulls then I imagine this is the worst.

We had a good time as Emily made friends with some little Peppa Pig enthusiasts on the next table, however this obviously wasn’t thanks to Ask itself.

We are however fans of the shot glasses of pink lemonade they always seem to give you, so thank you Ask for that.

7 / 10 for Ask Scarborough as it was nice but I preferred Winking Willie’s for fish and chips across the road, which also has views across the harbour but as I’ve been a few times is technically not allowed a number on the list (but I think is allowed photos).

New thing 26 : Scarborough Fair Collection (do not go)

I like this photo but it is the exact opposite of the actual experience. Not just because motion sickness means I have to keep my eyes closed the entire ride…but because the museum was generally a child hating 1980s relic.

I think what happened was a retired rich man liked old things so filled a massive shed with vintage rides and vehicles. But he (and I’ll assume he is a he) liked showing off his toys rather than sharing them so spent the rest of his days on Print Artist making little signs to laminate asking people ‘not to touch’ or to ‘stand behind the line’ or ‘obey the one way system’.

This would have been fine if the website made it clear that they basically hate children and want this to be a weird time capsule for people who were children in the 1950s (and would like to avoid anyone born after that). However it is described as a family friendly place.

We also made the mistake of having lunch there, which took a painful amount of time as they were making all the lunches fresh within site of the counter but for some reason then meticulously wrapping each plate in cling film before it was allowed to the table…at which point it was carried over by a waitress who looked to be in her late 80s. Admittedly she seemed to be having a good time but it did put a bit of a delay on things and none of the other staff wanted to help her so she was running the show.

A very strange experience but a nice carousel 2/10.

New thing 27 : Filey Brigg Country Park

Cheap parking and a little playground with a coffee shop at the top of the cliff with a nice little beach at the bottom. All good for us 10/10