DD1 walked up here with the children as it is an easier walk from my house down to the woods than from their house. So they had a drink and a few minute stop here before we moved on and along with the dog we set off across the field.
They had fun running down the hill, Minky decided to roll down, just not in the conventional way of rolling, he did forward roly poly's. Spud managed to do a "Little house on the Prairie" moment and run behind the twins and fell over in the grass along with Dinky as well. .
|down the grassy hill|
|down the stoney road|
So we arrived and did some trip trapping across the bridge looking for trolls as we went, but they must have all been away at work. So we settled our bags down at the picnic area and after they had a drink and something to eat they ran off to play on the swings.
|On the swings|
I had kept Dixie dog on the lead and she had sneaked round the back of the bench and done her famous trick of stealing a pork pie out of my ruck sack on the floor.
|Dixie eats the pork pie|
I had taken a blow up beach ball down with us and a set of egg and spoons that I had picked up in the sale just after Easter as well.
|Minky with the beach ball|
I took Dixie down to the river for a drink and Minky followed me. We had found a fishing net lying near the swings so we took that down to see if we could find any fishes but there was none. But with Xander being so adventurous he ended up having much more fun that fishing on the edge of the bank.
|Minky in the water|
|Spud seeks approval to go further in|
|they caught some stones|
|Minky jumps from stone to stone|
|DD1 tries her hand with the fishing net|
|Bob joins in for a while|
By this point Spud and Minky were soaked but had had a lot of fun. You can see them having fun in the video. Minky's balance was not quite perfect and he fell off a fair few of the rocks he jumped across to but climbed back on regardless.
A video of fun in the water
Xander managed to get up and down by himself, the other two needed a helping hand.
|Minky slides down|
|Minky clambers up|
DD1 emptied Spud's wellies out, changed her water logged nappy and after everybody had had another drink we headed back to my house.
|back across the bridge|
|The twins run off uphill|
Then Dinky decided she would roll up the hill as her brother had rolled down it, have to say this was quite funny.
So we dropped Dixie dog in the house and I carried Spud down the road and came back home.
Ziggy came down to stay for a few days and we went for a walk with her down the woods after tea, far to warm to be out walking during the day. We tooked the buggy as it is far to far for Ziggy to walk.
The bridge has been painted green and has a sign on it now.
|The Auld Toon bridge is now painted green|
So first of we went to the swings to play for a while.
|Ziggy on the swing|
|oooppppssss all fall down|
|holding her mum's hand|
So we wandered on up to the bluebells and the fairy houses.
|Ziggy at one of the small houses|
|Ziggy with Dixie in the bluebells|
On the way back we stopped and threw stones in the river.
|Ziggy picks up stones|
|Ziggy thrown in the stones|
So two walks, one woods and a lot of fun.