We had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. A very good friend of ours (who is the geekson’s guidemother) invited us plus a group of our friends to spend the weekend with her at her home in Wales. The geekdaughter had been looking forward to this weekend for ages, ever since she discovered that she would get to sleep in a tent for the first time! Whilst my friend has several spare rooms for people to sleep in, there were not quite enough to house all four families that descended on her, and so the plan was for the adults to sleep inside and all the kids who were old enough to sleep in tents in the garden. The geekdaughter thought this was a fine plan!
It was lovely to catch up with friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for over a year. The kids all got on brilliantly, and, despite a small wobble on her first night, the geekdaughter survived two nights in a tent very well. We managed to pack a lot of activities into just a few days…
We admired the view from my friends’ back door…
We had a close encounter with some horses:
The geekson got to experience walking on pebbles (and had a lovely time pinching other peoples’ shoes)…
We went paddling:
We ate picnics on the lawn:
We even found the geekson a tractor to play on:
We may also have exposed a number of my friends’ kids to the wide array of apps available on the iPad these days. And a few of the parents too…! I accept absolutely no responsibility for any requests that may be made of Father Christmas following this!
Before we went away my Mum had given me a couple of collapsible canvas chairs, and I dug out a child-sized one that we already had and threw all three in the car boot in case my friend was short of chairs. Towards the end of the weekend we had a barbecue, and everyone was busy getting the food ready. The geekdaughter had been playing in the garden with the rest of the kids when she came in to find me. “Mummy, mummy, mummy” she said, tugging at my trousers. I was probably a bit short with her and asked her what she wanted. She pointed out to the garden where I could see she’d lined our three chairs up right at the bottom of the garden, looking out at the magnificent view…
She said quite simply “come, sit down and look at the world with me”.
How did she suddenly get so wise, at the age of 4? I love that she’d set the chairs up for us, that she just wanted us to take a few minutes out from our busy lives to appreciate the view. So we did.
A little later, whilst we were all eating the barbecue food, she asked the geekdaddy if she could borrow his camera to take some pictures. The geekdaddy believes very strongly in allowing kids to get “hands on” with technology, so he allowed her to use his precious SLR to take some pictures of her friends. It is possible that he also took the opportunity to pinch a mouthful of her burger too…!
Thanks to all my friends for a lovely weekend!