Hello! Ahhh back to school for the kiddiwinks today, and I am missing them actually. We had a lovely, lovely half term week together, I really enjoyed it. It was relaxing, laid back and enjoyable, and apart from the Left-side-of-the-sofa drama, oh and some Barbie-related friction, my two Little People enjoyed each others company and enjoyed being at home together.
Yesterday, on the last day of the holidays we decided we wanted an outing all together as a family, and as we've recently purchased child-sized walking boots for the LP, a days walk/picnic was planned. It was the very first time we've all been walking together as a family of four :: Little Man came with us on this same hike last spring, but back then Little Lady's legs were just a bit too weeny to tackle five miles of hill and dale.
Not so any longer. She did brilliantly, well both children did, with only a teensy bit of tired complaining just before our lunch stop. It was a pleasure to make this familiar walk as Four, as a Family. So different to walking as a Couple. Slower, more stops, more observations, more excitement, more running/jumping/climbing, more games. Walking as a Foursome was altogether More in many ways.
Here are some pictures from the day :: the walk is in the Yorkshire Dales, a five mile circular route beginning and ending in the picturesque village of Grassington.
:: big grey skies and cold winds as we start the walk ::
:: looking down the Dale as we climb up ::
:: these "squeeze" stiles allow us to pass through dry stone walls ::
:: the sun begins to shine as we cross the high moorland ::
:: walking down through Grass Woods to reach the River Wharfe ::
:: a "moss hedgehog" becomes a new friend ::
:: the grey skies change to blue and we feel the sun on our faces ::
:: down at the river side to stop for a picnic lunch on the flat rocks ::
:: we watch a local canoe club sail down river ::
:: steaming hot tea with lunch ::
:: further down river is this beautiful river beach ::
:: we stop to play in the afternoon sunshine ::
:: selecting stones to throw into the water ::
:: selecting stones to put in pockets ::
:: selecting stones to carry home and decorate ::
:: the stone-decorating in progress before breakfast this morning::
When I was tucking the Little People in bed last night, I asked each of them in turn if they had enjoyed the day, if they'd had fun on the walk. Because I had really, really enjoyed it enormously.
Little Lady said yes, she had enjoyed it very much because I had bought her a packet of fruity sweets at the end of the walk.
Little Man said no, he had not enjoyed it because his legs got tired.
Not quite the answers I had hoped for, but still. You can't have everything can you?