Spectacular – word of the week

Spectacular museum of the moon

I pondered whether to write my usual word of the week post. My week has been pretty mundane. You know the kind of week. Lots done, but nothing really to show for it, except plenty of lists and plans, but then it hit me. These next few weeks are actually anything but mundane. They are the run up to my eldest child leaving home. After 19 years of being here, she is about to take her next step. That is spectacular. Slow burn spectacular, but none the less, impressive.

The opposite to mundane.

Moving on

I’m excited for her but at the same time dreading it, which is strange for me. Moving on and starting something new is a concept I embrace. It’s in my blood. I moved a lot as a child and was sent to boarding school from the age of 11, so I’m used to being independent and starting afresh in a new place. I’m always the person in the office excited to hear about a colleague’s next adventure, when they hand in their notice. Living vicariously through their plans, because I love the possibilities that a new start provides.

This is different. This is my child. Not me. A whole different experience.

I know we’ve prepared her. Given her the tools. She’ll be fine. No, scrub that. She’ll thrive and be home before I know it. Modern technology means we’re only a text, phone call or video meeting away. I am so excited for her.

(A far cry from the once a week airmail letters I’d send home to my parents at the age of 11. Not even phone calls were possible.)


So this week, we started the kit buying. I had to smile at the kitchen equipment. She’s cooking for one, maybe two, so everything is small. Frying pans, colanders look like they are made for a toddler’s play kitchen. More robust and heatproof, but still dinky compared to the ones in my kitchen.

Working out banks and other paperwork has had its challenges. We’ll get there. I insist on smiling through it all and not getting stressed out. I always have a plan B.


In between, I’m organising school uniform for Youngest. He’s the last one requiring one. Middle Teen is still going to school, but they don’t wear uniform in the sixth form.  Youngest, needlessly to say, is growing. He now takes a size 7 in shoes, which seems to mean he’s too big for footwear that shops class as school shoes. He needs men’s shoes which are about a zillion times more expensive – ok twice as expensive.

Spectacular Moon in Bristol Cathedral


Also took Middle Teen down to Cheddar to a drop in vaccination clinic, before school starts. It was the nearest place without driving through Bath. I thought it was a cool move. I could avoid the tourists clogging up the roads. Wrong. Why do I always blank out that Cheddar, famous for its cheese and Gorge, is a tourist attraction too? Driving up the Gorge, which is steep and bendy, behind a line of tourists while they look for a place to park, is not fun. Somehow, the spectacular view of the Gorge, along with my sense of humour, vanishes somewhere between 3rd and 2nd gear.

Anyway, I survived and Middle Teen is now jabbed. It was a different experience to the bookable adult sessions. Parents stayed with offspring. Small groups of teenagers went into the cubicles together. One gleefully squealed and ran in, dragging her friends behind her. I guess it may have been more to do with finally being at the front of the queue rather than the jab itself, but who knows. It was a long queue.

There were others who weren’t so keen. They wanted the vaccine but not the needle. I admired their determination. They jumped the queue and the staff were so reassuring. Out in the car park, I saw them relieved and smiling happily.

Youngest Teen holding the Moon

The Moon

And finally the Moon. We went to Bristol Cathedral to see the Museum of the Moon. It is a seven metre wide sphere displaying the Moon surface. Each centimetre represents 5k of the Moon’s surface. The sphere is travelling around the country and there are duplicates touring the world.

We booked to see it in the evening, when the number of visitors was limited and it was illuminated. It was spectacular to see in the Cathedral.

Joining in Anne’s Word of the Week link up. Better late than never!

Word of the Week linky

7 thoughts on “Spectacular – word of the week

  • Sunday 29 August, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    How exciting your eldest going off to pastures new…please tell me how to get rid of my two eldest! Really, 32 years is enough now. I’m glad the vaccination went well in the end, I think I would have preferred to be behind the traffic in Cheddar Gorge than the centre we went to, the surgery is not so bad but the area is the type of place where you don’t want to leave your car too long in case you come back to no wheels! I love the moon, we missed it when it was here in 2017, maybe it will come back again one day.

    • Friday 10 September, 2021 at 5:47 pm

      I’ll take Cheddar any time. That sounds awful.

  • Monday 30 August, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    What an exciting time you have coming up. Your eldest leaving home is such a big time. I dread the day my two leave him but it is the beginning of a big adventure for her.
    We did the school shopping last week and my youngest ended up getting a size 7. The 6 had no room to grow so we went bigger. There is such a difference in price between kids and adult shoes. Ugh.
    That is great about your middle teen being vaccinated. It is good to hear about all the teenagers being so keen to get theirs.
    We missed seeing the moon. It was on display here a little while ago but it was before we felt comfortable visiting places. It looks amazing! x

    • Friday 10 September, 2021 at 5:46 pm

      That is a shame. Hopefully you’ll have another chance.

  • Tuesday 31 August, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    Good luck to your eldest with starting uni – that is such a huge step, no wonder you are both excited for her and dreading it. Glad that all went well with your middle teen’s vaccination and interesting to read about how different it was with teenagers being vaccinated. The Museum of the Moon looks like such an amazing experience. I would love to try and see that at some point. #WotW

    • Friday 10 September, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      It’s definitely worth seeing. I loved seeing it in the evening.

  • Thursday 14 October, 2021 at 11:46 am

    It sounds like your eldest is going to have a great adventure. If we had today’s tech when I was 18, I would have moved to America to work in Disney World. Perhaps we can do that when I retire lol I love that moon. It doesn’t look like it is coming near us anytime soon #WotW

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