Sometimes it’s just wonderful to have a bit of 1 to 1 time with you children isn’t it? Life is so busy, I don’t know about you, but I feel I spend my life herding people around like some sort of manic shepherdess. So when you have a couple of hours to just be, to walk and not have anywhere to get too on time, it feels like such a treat.
Last Sunday was one such day, Chris was at work grrr, and Jack had a football match. Joe Toby and I dropped Jack off and then decided rather than stand watching football training, we would have a walk along the river and return in time for the match.
It was glorious; the park was packed with families enjoying the spring sunshine, lots of dogs running around excitedly chasing balls. The atmosphere was fab and happy, hoorah for spring.
Joe and I decided to venture down to the riverbed, it is remarkable to think this very river burst its banks only 4-6 weeks ago, and you can see how high the river wall is? Where has all the water gone now, it has changed from an angry raging river causing destruction and loss to a trickling stream in a matter of weeks.
Seriously just going near the edge of the banks made me nervous a couple of weeks ago. Yet Sunday we happily climbed down the tree roots, (the very same tree roots I climbed down as a teen to sit by the river on a summer’s day) and it felt so calm.
Joe of course took the opportunity to skim stones on what water there was, and Toby tried with all his might to get into the water. It also gave me the opportunity to do my photography homework, which this week was water and liquid.
I just could not resist the gorgeous flowers creeping through in the rivers edges, all happily enjoying the gorgeous sunny day.
We wandered along, enjoying the day until we arrived at a coffee shop, and well what sunny days doesn’t involve ice cream? Before happily and quite lazily meandering back to watch Jack. Enjoying chatting and putting the world to rights through the eyes of a 10-year-old.