Yesterday a small troop of us (both of our parents, my little brother, Isaac, and two of our NCT buddies, Cath and Emily and their families) went to Reuben’s first festival, the Mouth of the Tyne 2013. It was so much fun and a vast improvement on the last festival we went to where Gabriella threw a complete wobbler over a green wig she wanted 10 minutes into arriving and we ended up having to go an hour later! Ah, the fun of children.

Anyway, we narrowly managed to avoid a similar wobbler over a bow and arrow, and instead enjoyed lovely weather (well perhaps a bit too hot for my liking, there was sweat – but I really shouldn’t grumble!), lovely company, lovely food (thanks to the tips I got in this blog post) and great music. There was also loads for kids to do (volleyball, hoolahoop, hide and seek in the ruins…!)

We unfortunately missed the end of headline act, The Wonder Stuff, thus missing ‘Dizzy’! But we did hear ‘size of a cow’ and I’ve been humming ever since (takes me back to being 8 and my glorious purple and green shell suit much like this one!).

Here’s the day in pictures!

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Prepping the picnic. Following from Michael’s lovely picnic food tips, here we have lemonade jelly aaaaaand…sparkling rosé jelly (the smaller ones with berries in so I could tell them apart…also I added more than a ‘splash’ of rosé)

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The walk up to the priory (with the picnic – don’t hold it like that, it’s got jellies in!)

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It looks more like Costa Del Sol – can you see the sea in the background?!

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Keeping cool and eating some of grandad’s pastie. Clearly couldn’t wait for the picnic.

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Keeping it simple – only thing missing apparently was tomato. I’d say that was a success then.

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Trying jelly…

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Not so sure! He did have more though of course (don’t worry, it’s sugar-free…although I don’t know which is worse really!)

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Time to hang out with his buddies

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Showing me how it’s done

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I love the concentration!

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Awwwwww…

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Volleyball – I believe that’s called cheating…?! But don’t they look cute?

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Then it got really hot, we lost the plot and the only thing for it was for the grandparents’ to take the bairns to the sea for a plodge while we have a cold beer and enjoy the music in peace for a bit!