Monday 25 April 2011: Daunted...
423/365:.. but undeterred.
That was my Maddy Moo on our walk / bike ride today. Up and down hills. Through the dappled shade of the woodland and bright sunshine-lit paths. And no whinging. Miraculous!
We (Mum, me and Maddy) were actually walking with Felix and Nick... however... the boys had other ideas and the competitive monster in Felix decided that he wanted to be first back to the car. About a mile into a four mile walk. So we lost sight of them, and never caught it again! Naturally, they hadn't communicated this to us, so periodically we stopped to see if they were anywhere near by. Or stopped to wonder if they were ahead, behind or somewhere lost in the middle. Or stopped just to hope they were okay. But mainly carried on walking and enjoyed our walk thoroughly with not a care in the world. It turns out we're a fine balance of worrying and 'whatever'. :o)
Yet another really scrummy day too. Incredible sunshine. And on a Bank Holiday as well! We prepared a picnic this morning and aimed to go to Rufford Abbey. Well, we did get there. But then so did the rest of Nottinghamshire and having queued in a hot car, by the time we got to the entrance... and what turned out to be the entrance to the 'let's queue for the car park for ages' attraction... we turned around and headed off elsewhere. Ending up in Bildworth Woods and actually it was ace. Much quieter. Lots of space. Lots of quiet. Perfect really.
By the time we got home, we scoffed ice cream, Felix went into the paddling pool while Maddy made pretend food with socks (she's *still* weird!). And I gardened. Have planted out my tomatoes, courgettes and artichokes as well as planting a lily, a ceanothus, getting rid of some dead shrubs and doing a bit of weeding in the veg patch too. I'm knackered but it's been a good day.
Unless you happened to be a baby bird.
Poppy, our cat, has discovered the delights of baby birds.
The baby birds don't get to experience the delight.
PPS I told the kids about the birds and Maddy said, not wanting to believe Poppy would do anything mean, 'Maybe it fell out of the nest?'
PPS 'Only if it ripped itself to bits en route', I replied... as cheerfully as possible.
PPPS The kids were gorily thrilled about the whole thing. 'I CAN SEE ITS SPINE!!!' hollered Felix...