Living Arrows – Week 33
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth” Khalil Gibran
It’s been an actioned packed week for us since we got back from our South Coast holiday. We have had four days out in as many days and I’ve taken well over 200 photographs in that time attempting to catch smiles, emotions and memories of the Summer holidays of 2015.
On Thursday, Little Mr and I caught a train and a lift down (huge thanks to Emma of Bubba Blue and Me) to Rushmere Country Park where the #LivingArrows picnic was being held. It was an opportunity for fellow bloggers and friends to meet each other with their children and let them play. No worries about meeting PR’s or having to be somewhere else, just a lovely chilled out picnic with friends, giggles and a photograph or two, of course!
Little Mr was very excited to be going on a train to meet his friends. I had shown him photographs the day before of the children and their Mummy’s that we were meeting so they weren’t complete strangers on the day. He was looking forward to seeing his good friend Bert (Lucy’s Son) and LP and Little Man (Donna’s children)who he had met earlier in the year.
We joined Hayley and her children, Kara, her husband and children, Emma and her son, Mary and her daughter, Sian and her son, Donna and her children and Anwyn and her girls and it was so good to see everyone.
It was such a lovely afternoon. We were really lucky with the weather and the rain held off whilst we were enjoying our picnic and catch ups. As the rain started to spit, we headed into the forest to explore fairy doors, dens and to find a billion pine cones to bring home (or was that just Little Mr?)
Little Mr loves being outside, he doesn’t mind getting wet or dirty. He’ll get hands on and pick up sticks and stones, pine cones and acorns and ask “Mummy, what’s this?” he had such fun exploring the park.
I try to let him discover new things by himself, he’s such an independent little man anyway, he’s usually fine by walking ahead of me and exploring, glancing back every so often to check I’m behind him.
He absolutely loved joining in with all the children and it was really nice to see them interacting with each other and playing so nicely.
Rushmere Country Park is beautiful. It’s such an amazing space with wooden sculptures and surprises around every corner. We walked up to a clearing where there was a big totem pole style sign saying “Wild Things” which clearly was meant to be about our lovely little arrows. When they got the chance to run around, they absolutely loved it.
Little Mr had a fantastic day exploring the forest, his clothes were absolutely filthy (he tried very much deliberately, to slide down a muddy hill on his front and his pockets were full of forest memorabilia. Perfect Summer memories.