Thursday, 24 May 2018

Crossing the Amazon Bridge

We have had beautiful weather here for weeks now barely a drop of rain and temperatures to warm to be out in a lot of the time during the day. But we decided last week to take a picnic down to the woods and  spend some time playing in the shade of the trees, and inevitably the river.

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.

picnic time 

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

Then we walked along the path. Ziggy has only been walking for two months and is still quite unsteady especially on uneven surfaces like this.

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.

Country Kids


  1. Two great walks and perfect to have them so close to home. The videos are adorable, the fun they are having dashing back and forth across the river is wonderful. Rolling uphill looks hard work, that would certainly make you sleep at night. Love the little fairy houses and the bridge too, great places to enjoy some time outdoors.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    1. they had a lot of fun in the river. Rolling uphill was hard work and rather slow as well.

  2. What wonderful photos. It looks like some amazing walks. It's lovely to see so much greenery.


    1. The whole woods is riddles with greenery, wild garlic and bluebells

  3. Aww soo many things to make me smile - the upwards roly polies, the fairy houses and the water play. All the stuff that magical memories are made of :) #CountryKids

  4. What a beautiful place to explore. Love that fairy house and the troll bridge too #CountryKids

    1. the troll bridge is a great addition to the area

  5. Two lovely walks. I love how much fun the children were having in the river and the trip-trapping across the bridge. Rolling down hills is always fun too :-) #countrykids

    1. kids and water are always a great combination.

  6. Love the photo of Dixie and Ziggy with the bluebells! What's better than playing in water when the weather is so warm?

    1. wish I had taken clothes to join in with.


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