Introducing HMS Bathtub
Guy has become our resident fisherman this year. He adores the sport and is only too happy to help any of our guests wanting to learn, not to mention while away hours himself with a flask of tea and a book.
However at this time of year the top lake is prone to becoming heavily coated with pond weeds and though it seems to clear itself eventually it makes fishing in autumn tricky and the lake unsightly. Guy had done his best with a rake to pull weed from near the bank, but it became clear this was going to be a long job and leave the bulk of the lake inaccessible.
There is nothing like the prospect of a new toy to enthuse children with a task. Nick scoured ebay for a boat and an outboard and managed to secure both on separate bids. The pair set off for the lake to test things out only to be disappointed when the battery needed replacing on the outboard. I made matters worse by laughing at the boat and calling it a bathtub, which of course stuck!
Undeterred they invested in a new battery and HMS Bathtub was good to go. Now they could really give it a test and as if by magic there was a queue of siblings and me all waiting to have a turn and a giggle at each other's steering.
The ducks were less than impressed by all the commotion on their lake and I expect the fish felt somewhat confused too.
It has to be said clearing the lake of weed didn't progress beyond untangling it from the outboard that afternoon but it was great family bonding time. Seeing the fun we all had I would still love to have more gentle pedalos on this lake for the guests to enjoy, however so far this suggestion has met with a frosty reception from our insurance company!
Joining in with Country Kids
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A few of my favourites from last week:
The freedom of the woods after a busy term at school was just what was needed for Something Crunchy Mummy
Over mud, hills and rocky tracks with a castle in the middle for Motherhood Journeys
Pumpkins all around for Mummy Here and There
Such a fun time conker hunting from Stopping at Two
Making the most of NT membership at Canons Ashby House for Becoming a SAHM
Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids
I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here
My Muddy Puddles winner for October is Amanda from city girl gone Coastal with her lovely post about a wild October day in the sea. For me this post embraces the essence of Country Kids, having fun in nature at no cost and throwing a little caution to the wind. Amanda wins a pair of Muddy Puddles Puddle stomper wellies to enjoy more Country Kids adventures.