Yesterday was Pa SIL’s birthday and The Husband took the day off work (a rare occurance indeed) so we could spend the day as a family.

As is usual at this time of year we struggled immensely with the challenge of what to give the man who has everything for his special day.

The children went for books as Granddad is an avid reader:although obviously Granddad needed lots of help from little hands to actually open the gifts!  Whilst small people found the contents to be considerably less exciting than the wrappers, I think PSIL was happy:We then piled into the cars and headed off for the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

What a great idea it was:

Coffee, cake and cuddles

Hands on in the Textile Gallery

Button encourages Nana to try her hand at knitting (on a vintage sock machine)

Trying her hand at weaving

Blowing bubbles

Trains are cool, Granddad

A good time was had by all

There was even something to catch my eye:

Thistledown coat - yep! really! thistledown!

We ended the day waiting to greet Trick or Treaters, suitably attired to cast a spell on them:

All in all a wonderful day.

Happy birthday, Pa SIL.