So, back from a week on the North Norfolk coast (bracing but lovely) and ready to blog. First things first a fabulous story from The Week: A waiter who was given a £10,000 reward for helping to convict a rapist has given the money to the victim. Lloyd Gardner, 22, rang the police after seeing CCTV footage of a man wanted in connection with the rape in Exeter. He recognised two women on the film, and they led police to rapist Jakub Tomczak. Mr Gardner, who earns £20,000 a year, said the money would have been useful, but that he did not deserve it and hoped it would help the woman rebuild her life.
So we say hurrah for Lloyd Gardner! What a lovely man. Another happy thing is BeWILDerwood. If you have young children and can get to Wroxham (just east of Norwich), make a date in your diary now to visit when it reopens in the spring. It’s a woodland-based adventure park with lots to climb, swing and slide on. At £10 a head (for adults and children tall enough to Be WILD Now!) it’s also excellent value for money. You could take a picnic, but the food is delicious and not extortionately priced. I found the whole day stress-free – which can’t be said for all family-friendly places!
And, now it’s nearly the weekend – a third thing to make you happy (I hope).
PS If you haven’t already filled a shoebox for Samaritan’s Purse, there’s still time to do it (you have until November 18 to drop off your boxes). Add to 1.2 million shoeboxes sent out to children who won’t be getting Christmas presents and bring a smile to a little face this December. But be warned, Operation Christmas Child is addictive. I started out filling one box, this year I’m sending three and wishing it was more. It doesn’t have to be expensive, send supermarket value soap and flannel, some pocket-money toys, colouring pencils, and a bag of sweets (not chocolate though) and make someone’s Christmas really special.