Archive for August, 2008

All at sea

This photo wasn’t taken by me, but my dear husband, who watched, possibly amazed, as I manoeuvered the dinghy across the lake. It was my first time and I have a discomfort, bordering on fear, of deep water. However, I booked the sailing lesson before I discovered the lake at Center Parcs was only 5 feet deep.

My instructor asked whether I was as calm as I looked on the water. I guess it’s a gift to be able to look calm on the outside whilst feeling terrified inside! I managed to stay afloat (yay!) and performed a really cool mooring,

(Another shot by Mr Angelfeet -he should have his own blog!)

Rosie’s confidence seemed to soar whilst we were away. She explored her new-found cycling skills by going off on her own, in a way that I don’t think I would feel comfortable with on our city streets. She also astounded Mr Angefeet and I as she got into a canoe for the first time and just confidently paddled away. It was a delight to see.

(I took this one.)

Jenny didn’t get to steer her own vessel, but she did have fun on the water too.


Bruised, grazed and aching in places I didn’t know I had . . . but feeling strangely alive

I think I could say that I have been a fairly sedentary person for many years. Go for a cycle or have a cup of tea with a friend? Cup of tea please. And do you have a biscuit?

Anyhow, our-4-day break at Center Parcs could easily have been on the sedentary side. They offer pamper treatments, a sports cafe where you can watch as much TV as you like, numerous restaurants around the site. Or you can sit on the lakeside watching other people fall off windsurfing boards as they try to master it. But it wasn’t.

However, being a mostly sedentary person, I had not remembered that sometimes you Fall Off. Not just the kids – we’re used to picking them up and dusting them off. Me too. But I also had forgotten/never realised that to fall off is OK.

Here are the girls not falling off.

(Jenny opted for training wheels at the cycle hire centre and it was a joy to watch her little legs pedalling away. She did take a tumble on Thursday evening by going too fast over a speed-bump, and grazed knee and elbow, but she recovered enough to get back in the saddle on Friday).

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Larking about

We’re off on holiday for a few days. I can’t guarantee to be able to post every day, so if there’s a deafening silence, don’t worry.



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Told you it wouldn’t be long.

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We went to the llama park today.



So, it’s true. I haven’t forgotten . . .

And she won’t forget – well done, Rosie! First time on 2 wheels.

Just resting.

She’s still on three wheels, but not for long.

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