Thursday 16 February 2012: Over the hills...
720/365: ... and far away.
Whenever you go on a walk with kids, no matter how old they are, as soon as they get a slight whiff of an independent spirit there will always be at least one disappearing on the horizon. This is our friend's son, disappearing, dog in tow, as we walked at Crow's Point near Braunton.
Moment's later, Felix was disappearing. And Maddy and our friend's daughter were lagging so far behind, they too disappeared too!
A bit like the kite had done only minutes earlier after the wind tugged it from Maddy's hand and it wafted and scurried its way across the beach and over the dunes... being chased by one of our friends and Maddy Moo... both at full pelt and making a heroic effort to capture the escaping kite. Me, I'd probably have given up FAR earlier! But neither of them did, so the kite gets to live to see another day.
As do my nerves, which were tested to the limit when we went to the Dartington Crystal factory. All was going well - the kids were fascinated by the glass blowers, they behaved brilliantly around the exhibitions. And then... just as we were almost done... the doors to the exit went through... one of the largest shops filled with cut glass crystal objects I have ever been in. And Felix's desire to bimble off into the distance, hands outstretched, fragile things all about him... well... let's just say by the time we'd survived the shop, I had to have a sit down and a breathe of fresh air to recover! I have never felt so on edge in my life! Nerve jangling!!!
And since I'm writing today backwards, we also did a minor detour to avoid traffic on the way to the glass place... which was very scenic and all around gorgeous... but scenic = bendy = Felix throwing up. Aaaaaargh!!! Maddy was brilliantly quick at handing him a bucket and his aim was accurate.
PS But I DEFINITELY deserve a few bucket loads of tea!
PPS Despite all the 'eeek' moments, today was a goodie.
PPPS Yay for gorgeous scenery, time with friends and family and plenty of opportunities for smiling my chops off!