A perfect afternoon on the farm
We had arranged the date in advance not knowing what a beautiful day it would become. The Boy and Me was staying on holiday with us and Jenny Paulin from Mummy Mishaps and Iona of Redpeffer were due to visit for the day. I had made sure my day was as clear as possible and we agreed to meet for the morning feed run.
By the time we headed back on the tractor it was already turning into a summer scorcher and the river became the natural draw for the children post drinks and cake.
They began by building a dam.
When the task was deemed complete they set about testing the rope swings over the river. The older children and adults helped the younger ones who were determined not to be left out of the fun, having tried it once their followed repeated calls of "my turn next".
Even us bigger kids couldn't resist a turn much to the amusement of the children. It is actually harder than it looks to hang on and I'm sure the children's arms must have ached the following day!
Meanwhile Guy took the younger ones surfing along the river relishing in the pure delight on their faces as they sailed by their parents pretended not to shiver from the chill of the water.
Of course a full on drenching followed for the older ones as they surfed the deeper stretches and fell overboard but then that is all part of the fun.
The sound of the children's laughter and babble of the river made my heart swell. Even the damselflies darted to and fro between us with dappled sunlight peeping through the trees making the water glisten. I know our guests talk of the "magic of Coombe Mill" but that afternoon out playing with them all as if I were on holiday myself I felt that magic too. I think it is a combination of the most beautiful surroundings with seeing your own children having the time of their lives that makes Coombe Mill a special place to our family and to so many who stay.
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This is my ultimate bug hotel from Catch a single thought
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Becoming a stay at home Mum makes a family day out of a film festival
I'm was impressed by the organisations laying on park fun for families as discovered by The Laughing Owls and A Day in this Dad's Life