Having had the best part of a week where we haven’t really left the house due to Mr D being incredibly tired on Monday and them Miss E being unwell since Wednesday I was keen for us to get to the Chinese New Year Parade in Manchester today.
Miss E still isn’t great, she has a heavy head cold and is just feeling very sorry for herself. I decided that I’d take the double pushchair today. I’d usually have Miss E in the Tula but at 21 weeks pregnant I’m beginning to feel the strain of carrying an almost two year old for more than an hour and I wasn’t sure how Mr D would manage all the walking (Damian is in London today so wasn’t able to help with the carrying). As it was the pushchair was the right choice as Miss E slept for a while on the walk back and Mr D also jumped in for the last part of the walk.
We headed into Manchester and met up with my mum and dad as well as my cousin and her two boys. We had a little walk around the China Town area and the children all got a Chinese Drum (a bargain at £1.50) and they had great fun playing those. They also managed to get a balloon each too, much the Mr D and Miss E’s delight.
There were plenty of lanterns decorating the area and lots of street sellers and the such. Perhaps the most peculiar thing we saw was a Chinese man hanging cabbage leaves over the entrance to a set of apartments. It seemed a little odd but then I read that it is done as an offering to the lion as part of the lion dance.
The parade was only very short and wasn’t quite as spectacular as I recall it being when I was little. That said the children enjoyed it and we were lucky with the weather – it stayed dry!
It was a nice way to mark our learning about Chinese New Year and the children enjoyed it, and the fresh air and the short walk around the city did us all the world of good. Miss E has slept since getting home, except for a short wake up for dinner and a bath before heading to bed for the night.