Sorry about the lack of updates over the last couple of days! With the other children jetting off on different holiday activities, it was great to be able to take Pads on a short break to stay two nights in a Bristol hotel. We've learned pretty well what he can cope with and, even though we didnt take the wheelchair, we managed to avoid wearing him out. This is the more remarkable seeing that we fitted in a trip to Bath on Monday and quite a bit of Bristol today. I find it difficult to relax until we've completed the days activities, wary that he could nose-dive at any moment. But this is a time of increasing health - even his appetite and taste is returning.
Yesterday we took the train to Bath and hopped on did the two City Sightseeing bus trips, as well as having a wander around Bath Abbey. Pads had said he fancied Coke with a scoup of ice-cream in it a couple of days ago and this wish was granted in a very nice shop. When we got back to Bristol we popped for a kebab and then on to watch Toy Story III, which was excellent.
Today it poured with rain a lot of the time so @bristol was crammed - we tried and failed to get a parking space, opting instead for more traditional fare: Bristol Cathedral, the Cliffton Suspension Bridge (twice, the second time in the sun!), and the museum/art gallery. The latter was ideally situated for our choice of evening meal, a relaxed affair at Pizza Express. One of the highlights of the day was seeing Sue Symonds work, 'Creation', at the Cathedral - staggeringly beautiful in detail. Art like that is only really surpassed by the creation itself. It always amazes me that anyone could argue that the cosmos could come into being without any creative intellect... 'the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful... and even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind' (Romans 1:20-28).