We dragged the little people out for a walk this afternoon. I've no idea why they feel the need to protest when we suggest it, because they always have a good time once we're there. The middle boy is loving his SAS survival guide at the moment, so I told him he could get in some practice. We headed up to Painswick Beacon in the Cotswolds, which is lumpy bumpy ground, perfect for SAS training.
The littlest boy insisted on carrying the rucksack with the drinks and cookies, until the cookies had been eaten anyway.
There's a stunning view from the top of the beacon. The blue area in the middle of the picture is flooding, where the river has spilled into fields.
Sneaky SAS tracking techniques.
Back when I posted about a previous walk which resulted in blisters on little feet from walking in wellies, Sustainable Mum suggested second-hand walking boots. I checked out Ebay and found that they are surprisingly cheap - less than £5 each. So now they are all kitted out in some really nice and fairly new boots, and no-one complained about their feet at all. Great tip SM, thank you.
At one stage we did actually lose the children. They managed to circle round and end up in front of us in prime ambushing position. It made them very happy to put one over on us. Score one for the SAS survival guide.
I had to go and investigate these immaculate little trees. Beech I think, and clipped to within an inch of their lives.
I'm so glad we went and made the most of the beautiful sunshine. Days like this are precious. Of course, I must be careful not to encourage them too far down the path of joining the SAS. Next time I'll have to think of a new ruse.