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May 17

What It’s All About

Like anyone who spends a lot of time at home with their kids, I spend a lot of time thinking of what we will be doing in the coming days to ensure we aren’t stuck in the house all day (neither of us enjoy this). Sometimes there are things we have to do, like shopping, or going to the bank or some other mundane task, but in general I plan to do things that Olivia will hopefully enjoy.

Sometimes the plans go well and we have a nice day, other times I may as well have chosen to walk through a field of nettles in shorts, I get that much grief for the fun things I try to suggest.

But, when I pull it off, it reminds me why we are doing this. There are days that I will remember forever, and I hope Olivia will at least have some memories of these days.

Today was one such day. For whatever reason I decided to take her to Doune Castle. I’ve been before and knew it had lovely grounds, but I thought she’d enjoy running about in the big stone rooms looking through the little nooks and crannies. Turns out I was wrong on that one, but she loved the grounds, thankfully. We took a wander down to the river and I introduced her to many delights, like walking in the river with bare feet, throwing stones and having picnics on the pebbly banks.

With the weather the way it was, it was almost perfect (would have been 100% perfect had my wife been there). No midges, no wind, and not another soul in sight.

The memories banked today will help get me through the grumpy days :)

Helllllooooooo!!!!

Helllllooooooo!!!!

Just swing this leg over and I should be out!

Just swing this leg over and I should be out!

Heads!!

Heads!!

Perfection

Perfection

Nom nom nom

Nom nom nom

  • http://notmyyearoff.com Notmyyearoff

    Ahhh looks like it ended up being a great day despite the slight change in plan. We sometimes make these semi grand plans and end up in a nearby garden or field somewhere where z can just run free! :)

    • chuckalicious

      Yeah I think sometimes simple freedom is far more interesting for them than a specific place or thing to do.

  • http://brinabird.blogspot.com/ Brinabird

    Oh is there a river by doune castle? Maybe we need to check it out. We love chucking stones in the river and are always on the lookout for new things to do!

    • chuckalicious

      There is indeed. You wouldn’t know by looking though. When you get the to castle, head left from the path that leads up the entrance. There’s a paved/cobbled road that heads round the side of the castle but there is also a grassy path that leads further off to the left. Take that grassy path and it’ll lead you to a clearing in the trees where the river runs round it. There are a few points you can get through to get to the water from there.

      Wasn’t aware you were so close to us though!

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