One of the families staying with us at Coombe Mill this New Year has been a lovely German family. They have twin girls of age 10 who have enjoyed mixing with our English guests and working on their already credible use of the English language. It has been lovely to see them exploring all areas of the farm and enjoying all we have to offer here in Cornwall. However when Farmer Nick gave me the tip off they were about to embark on a bare foot river walk here I simply had to grab my camera and rush out to discover more. It turns out the girls are part of a gymnastics team back home and they had been set a family bare foot water challenge by their instructor over the festive break. After watching friend’s back home tip toe through lakes in fancy dress and posing for a photo they decided our river was the perfect setting to up the challenge.
The heavy rain and winds has meant the river is running quite fast at the moment and reaching our island a challenge in itself compared to summer time when the children dart back and forth building camps. Water gushed over their wellies and I shivered at the prospect. However once there they reached the island wellies and socks came off and they braved the cold water and rough river bed bare foot to reach the large tree usually at the head of the island but now submerged in water.
You have to admire their spirit as they posed for photos showing no sign of cold. I was rather hoping my triplets would come out hearing the squeals and commotion as I know they would have been crazy enough to join them; as for me, swimming the river in summer was enough of a challenge and I happily settled for capturing their moment of fun from the bridge with cosy warm toes!
Heading over to the Island to begin the bare foot river walk challenge
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