Toby Cockcroft - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 01:40 29 April 2012 | UPDATED: 15:12 28 January 2015
Property consultant Toby Cockcroft on why he relishes the chaos of family life
Anyone with three children knows the phrase ‘relaxing weekend’ is a contradiction in terms, but my wife, Fenella, and I chose a chaotic life and we love it.
Getting home on Friday evening in time to play with the children before bedtime makes a perfect start to the weekend. This isn’t always achievable but, luckily for me, my wife is a superb cook, so a delicious meal is assured whatever time I get back.
There are always calls to make and emails to attend to; it’s the nature of my job to be available for clients all weekend as this is a very busy period for house buyers and sellers. I love my job though, so it’s no hardship. And it doesn’t mean I don’t chill out. Friday night is a special time for Fenella and I as we relax with a glass of wine and talk about her work as an interior designer and how many gold stars the children have or haven’t got that week.
Saturday morning kicks off at about 6am, thanks to the alarm clock my mother gave my seven-year-old daughter Coco. She is usually up and ready in riding kit to muck out all day long at her grandparents’ stables.
We dash down to Thirsk market before breakfast to stock up on great fruit and veg and pick up a paper to scrutinise our advertisements and see what the opposition is up to.
Otto and Rocco usually go swimming, enjoy a lot of brotherly scrapping, a bike ride and a party with, if we’re lucky, a sleepover. Mix this with shopping for a supper party, hanging curtains for one of my wife’s clients and a viewing for me and you get the picture.
We like to spend Saturday evening with friends having a thoroughly good time. Then on Sunday morning, again at the crack of dawn, all three children pile into our bed for snuggles. This is followed by a less than leisurely breakfast and picnic-making for the eventing-watching contingent of the family. While they head off for their fun, I take Otto to rugby training at York RUFC, using the time to catch up with clients.
With luck we return home with Ottie clutching the man of the match trophy and then spend the afternoon doing outside jobs whilst waiting for the horsey lot to reappear.
Our Sunday lunch doesn’t usually happen until early evening, when we relax and enjoy the wonderful countryside of the surrounding Hambleton Hills while fighting over who gets the biggest bit of crackling.
Toby Cockcroft is a partner in residential property consultancy DHP Croft, which has offices in York and Leeds. He has built a strong track record of handling successful sales at the quality end of the Yorkshire market over the last 15 years.