We spent the morning outdoors with other home ed friends (one of whom is majorly pregnant, so I had visions of us acting as midwives down in the woods!). The kids came back filthy, which I like to think is a sign of having had a good time. However, it did make me look at the state of our car when we got home and realise that it really does need a clear out and a clean (inside).
Once the boys had been ferried off to their music session at a local Montessori school and dd1 was happily occupied with a friend upstairs I set about taking some of the clutter out of the car.
Hmmm....It's not good. In fact it's so bad, I have to list the items in order to shame myself that the car wont get this bad again. This is a list of the initial bag of items I have exumated from the car (there is more to come). I'm just wondering how all this fitted into the car (plus 5 people and a dog). Perhaps we've acquired a people-carrier version of the tardis?:
2 chip wrappers (and some left over chips - from today)
A bottle of ketchup (almost finished)
A bottle of brown sauce (very sticky)
two bottles of tap water
a pack of chewing gum
a pair of gardening gloves
two branches (no, not twigs or sticks - huge branches that were jammed across the front passenger seat)
Lots of tissues
A cardboard cloud that belongs to a pop-up Kipper book.
Two packs of sparklers (these are at least 2 years old, though they haven't been on the dashboard qute that long)
A toy car
An empty cassette case of 'driving music'
A slice of cork with a cup hook screwed into it
Two empty coke cups
A child's umbrella
A pair of muddy wellies
Two coats, a mac, a small vest, some pants and a bag of assorted spare clothes, mostly muddy.
An empty box for slides (we don't do slide photography anymore)
A car aerial (not from our car)
A book of local places to go
A spiral-bound road map, torn and muddy
A cassette of 'The Waterboys'
A bus ticket
Empty coke can
A white plastic strip for covering wiring
A tin of sweets (those expensive ones that they sell in motorway service stations)
Three felt-tip pens (mostly with lids missing) and 3 pencils
A dalek-shaped cookie cutter
A ticket to an ice disco (dated 12 December 2007) that we've never been to
A shop display leaflet that dd1 took off one of the display bikes in Halfords
Two black straws
Some unchewed lumps of chewing gum
A Charlie and Lola colouring pack
Two hankies (filthy)
A cassette of 'The Clash'
A felt-tip pen lid
A tescos receipt for Pringles and diesel
3 green shiny foil bottle tops
A box of nappy sacks
A parking ticket from October (stuck to the dashboard)
A discount voucher for ready brek (we don't eat it)
Two empty smartie tubes
A Micromeg purified water cartridge (huge and empty - came from the scrapstore)
A white pump thing with an arrow and 'flow' written on it (plus some weird tubes coming out of it)
A large scratch card (not the winning one obviously otherwise I would have paid for someone else to be clearing the car out)
A crayfish claw
An empty pack that once contained glowsticks
A rubber dart from a toy gun
A cardboard tube from the centre of a cone of machine wool
A birthday candle
A business card for dh
A tesco carrier
A pair of old glasses that are no longer worn
A pair of yellow sunglasses
A plastic boy on a plastic skateboard
A business card from a restaurant I've never heard of
A piece of card from a cigarette pack (we don't smoke)
A price tag from a batman toy (not ours)
A padlock that we don't have a key for
A red plastic ball
Lego (assorted items including the head and arms from a Lego skeleton)
A clothes peg
A parking ticket for November
A piece of netting attached to 'missiles'
Some red straw-like things attached to attaching things
A plastic coin
3 pennies and a 20p piece
A small blob of bluetack
3 hazelnuts picked up from the pavement
A piece of flint
A long purple strap, used sometimes as a dog lead
An envelope for collecting pumpkin seeds
If this is representative of my life (or the state of my brain) I think I should be worried!
I sometimes wonder what my car would look like if I didn't have kids, or if I didn't home educate...