The Week That Was: Instagrammed #11

Hello and welcome to week 11 of The Week That Was: Instagrammed!

Have you all had a wonderful week?

Thank you to all of you who linked up last week; I hope you all manage to link up again!

The rules are simple: link up a photo post from the week, Instagrammed or not. You can use the same format as below, or you can do your own thing. You can even link up photo posts about one day or one event – they don’t have to be about the whole week.

My week!
The past week in Lille has been fairly traumatic if I’m totally honest… so it’s a rather long post – apologies in advance!

Once I’d gotten over the genuine fear that Busby and I were going to be taken… (Busby sold to an unsuspecting couple who couldn’t have kids, and I pumped full of heroin and sold on the sex slave market… Nick would have to go all Liam Neeson: “I will find you and I will kill you” You get the picture…) Anyway, once I’d gotten over this fear (did I ever really get over it?) I decided I had to be a “yes” person, jump in at the deep end and just get on with it. 

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Our journey to the Channel Tunnel was rather uneventful. The Tunnel itself was an interesting experience, and Busby coped well considering the ear popping!

Our drive to Lille was a little scary, as at one point a lorry shed some its load… a big white roll of something (I’m not sure what it was!) came flying off – Nick coped very well swerving out of the way, whilst I had a mini-heart attack in the backseat trying to entertain Busby.

We arrived in Lille… and in what can only be described as the ghetto. In fact, for the entirety of our time in Lille I had Jess from New Girl dressed as Elvis singing “In the ghetto” going round and round in my head…

The apartment itself was lovely though, and a fantastic use of space! It was also Busby’s first time crawling on wooden floors. We headed out for a walk around the ghetto to find a supermarket, and we found some really tasty wine for 3€!! Bargain!

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Nick started his course on Sunday, so Busby and I had our first day solo in the Gotham City of France. I worked out where the zoo was and we headed in that direction.

I had a crepe filled with apple, which was very tasty! However, I gave some to Busby, not thinking that it might have sugar in the batter (as I never make pancakes with sugar)… anyway, I’ve discovered why you don’t give sugar to a baby (other than the obvious reasons). Cue mental, evil laughing, hyper-active baby! I have never seen her like that before… I was a little bit scared!!

We found the zoo (which was free!), and wandered around for 20 minutes or so. Busby really needed changing and there were no changing facilities in the zoo…!

Anyway, to cut a long story short she ended up falling asleep before I found anywhere, so we headed home with the intention of going via the supermarket to get something for dinner… only to find that the supermarket was closed… an hour before it was supposed to!?! Luckily we had some cheese and bread in from the night before – otherwise there would have been two very hangry parents!

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On Monday I decided that we would try and find the old town. Off we went after lunch – it was pretty, but nothing amazing.

I did come across a lovely Patisserie though, and bought this sexy lemon tart!

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Tuesday was awful. Truly awful.

I decided that Busby and I would visit the Natural History Museum as it had been raining all morning, and it was just around the corner. Off we trundled… only to discover that it was closed! I’d emailed Nick to say where we would be as his course was finishing early on Tuesday, but his phone wasn’t working off wifi so couldn’t text him to tell him the change of plan! Busby had just fallen asleep, so I decided to walk to the Metro to meet him as knew what time he’d be arriving, so off we went, through the ghetto to the rough looking Metro station. We waited for 15 minutes, all the time being watched by a dodgy group of men… Nick didn’t arrive, so I figured we’d missed him. We started to walk back to the apartment, only to find that we were being followed. I slowed down and pretended that I’d seen someone I knew… He passed me, but kept looking back, so I kept walking towards this person. Eventually he gave up and I made it back to the apartment, but I was truly terrified.

Nick was back at the apartment (thankfully); he’d gone to a different tube station. Anyway, we decided to go out for dinner and found a lovely restaurant to sate my steak cravings!

We got the Metro home as it had started raining when we finished dinner… the Metro station had so many shifty looking people in it – including two men who were hanging around the ticket machines just waiting to steal people’s purses.


And the horrificness of Gotham City didn’t end there! On the way home we decided to go to the supermarket to pick up some food for breakfast. We’d literally just crossed the road when there was quite a nasty crash next to where we’d been, not 30 seconds before. Well, that was the last straw for me. I broke down in tears. I’d been on edge constantly for the past three days, and I just couldn’t take it anymore. The stress and worry that someone was going to hurt us was too much.

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The previous evening I had been resolute that Busby and I would leave the apartment on Wednesday. However, it rained the entire day and to be honest, I’m not sure my nerves would have taken it. Everything was making me jump, even in the apartment. Busby and I started packing and took full advantage of the tumble-dryer!

We went out on a wine run though once Nick was back!

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I was so relieved once Thursday arrived. Nick had his course in the morning, so Busby and I finished packing and I cleaned the apartment.

The journey home was uneventful; we managed to get an earlier train through the Tunnel! Hoorah!

Once home Busby was full of smiles again and back to her old tricks! It’s amazing (and rather awful) how much your own worries and feelings project onto children, and I must learn to try and keep my emotions a bit more inward in the future.

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We went to Drusillas on Friday as I had kindly received free tickets to review the park. We had a lovely day looking at all of the animals. Busby had her first taste of softplay – which she loved, as did we! We were fighting about who was going to take her down the slide next!!

Also, rather proudly, Make, Do and Push! reached 100,000 page views of all time! Yay!!

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One of my oldest friends was down from Northumberland for the weekend, so we met on Saturday for brunch in Lewes. We had a lovely (and very yummy) time. Katie had made Busby an amazing quilt, which I haven’t had a chance to take a photo of yet as our house is very dark, but I’m sure it will feature next week!

Oh, and I finally met Alice from Alice’s Studio and her fabulous little family! Yay!

So that’s been my week! Suffice to say that I’m very happy we’re home!!

How was your week?

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    • 15th September 2013 / 6:38 pm

      It has certainly been interesting!! I wouldn’t recommend going šŸ˜‰ xx

  1. 15th September 2013 / 3:40 pm

    Oh a week of ups and downs. There always seems to be a few bad eggs to ruin an experience, we went to Prague a few years ago, I convinced we’d end up in some Hostel type situation!

    Congrats on the page views, great achievement!

    • 15th September 2013 / 6:38 pm

      Thanks love šŸ™‚

      Oh gosh really?? I’ve always wanted to go to Prague xx

  2. 15th September 2013 / 6:16 pm

    Bloody hell, Lille sounds horrendous. I went as a teenager and had a fab time but I guess a lot has changed during 20 years and not all parts of the city are as nice as others. Zurich, despite having some odd quirks and nothing being open beyond 4pm, if fantastically safe (not so much around the train station at night though). I can’t imagine how relieved you are to be home. Your nerves must be shot at. Big hugs and fingers crossed for a nicer week x

    • 15th September 2013 / 6:40 pm

      It was horrific Rachel. Never again. I’m sticking to countries where I can speak the language (if I’m alone with Busby) so Germany, anywhere that speaks German, and anywhere that speaks English!

      Thank you so much xx

  3. 15th September 2013 / 6:19 pm

    I love reading this, as I have seen the pictures through the week, and now I know the story behind them.

    That Metro station sounds horrendous! Don’t they want visitors?! Glad your home, safe and sound xx

    • 15th September 2013 / 6:42 pm

      I honestly don’t think they do – what I didn’t say in my post was that the English setting on the Metro station ticket machine changed back to French half way through. I was rather screwed!

      Thank you lovely xx

  4. 15th September 2013 / 7:08 pm

    So sorry you had such a terrible time in Lille. And you are right that children pick up in your emotional state… Except when you are cross in which case… Party time!

    • 17th September 2013 / 8:37 am

      Haha we haven’t got to that point yet! xx

  5. 15th September 2013 / 7:59 pm

    Oh my love…sounds a nightmare! Just glad you’re back safe and sound!! Pretty rubbish for you all šŸ™ Trying to Link up soon as I can (may be tomorrow now) as my pc isn’t playing ball letting me upload pics! Want to throw it out the window xxx ps huge congrats on pageviews!!

    • 17th September 2013 / 8:38 am

      So glad we’re back šŸ™‚ Such a stressful time – it’s really taken it out of me šŸ™ xxx

      ps thanks!!

  6. 16th September 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Another wonderful week. I need to get out more! Sorry you trip was as great as you were hoping so glad you’re both safe and home! Little B is growing ever so much but looking gorgeous as ever! xx

    • 17th September 2013 / 8:38 am

      It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week!

      Thank you so much for linking up šŸ™‚ xx

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