We took a trip to a local place that I used to visit often as a child, The Lickey Hills. It had been a difficult morning and I didn't think we would be going anywhere. Star was worrying about, well, everything, and was being really awkward. I knew that once we actually arrived somewhere she would relax and enjoy herself, it was just difficult getting her to leave the house.
I was right. As soon as we arrived at the Lickey Hills all her anxieties abated and she was happy with her surroundings. We started with the ponds and streams and they instantly pretended that they were fishing. They used sticks as their fishing rods and were in competition with each other to see who could catch the biggest fish. We didn't actually see any fish, but we did see a lizard.
After lots of fun around the water we went to find the bench that the children had let me take a photo of them on a couple of years ago. I loved the photo so much that I had it made into a canvas. This time they were not so obliging and wouldn't pose so well, but I did get a photo.
And this is the photograph that I took two years ago (just checking and it was almost to the day!)
When we visit the Lickey Hills we always go to visit the Toposcope at the top of Beacon Hill. The kids call it windy castle as it's almost always windy up there and it looks like a castle. We usually walk up there through the woods, but it's quite a trek and Star would only be able to make it now on a good day, and this was not a good day. So we cheated a little and I drove up there instead.
As soon as we got there their imaginations set in again and they were into a game of princesses trapped in the castle trying to escape. The Little Man just enjoyed running around and exploring.
We did have a really nice day out and I'm so glad I managed to persuade Star to leave the house.