Wednesday 11 December 2013

Blog Challenge: Great Adventures #27 and #28

Argh, six months in and I’ve finally fallen behind on my own bleedin’ blog challenge. Well, I’m actually on track with the challenge, sort of, I just haven’t had time to blog about it. Last week I took on a big freelance project and stopped sleeping so I could get it finished on time. There was no time for laundry, or blogging, or anything else, so that’s why this post is covering two challenges.

My lovely friend Alys came to visit a couple of weekends ago, and while we spent much of the weekend recovering from an amaretto-induced hangover, we did managed to head out for a quick walk before she got her train home. It was not a hugely successful adventure, with Ebony being mostly interested in a single tree, but at least we made it out of the house. Ebony is very northern, and as such believes that coats, hats and gloves are for the weak. As you can see from the photos, Alys is wrapped up warm, while Ebony is prancing around in just a thin dress.

Ebony has a new obsession with walking around things, usually me, in huge circles. Often at playgroups I am being circled in a semi-predatory fashion these days. Ebony found some decaying leaves and exclaimed, “Oh dear!” many, many times while Alys tried in vain to explain the concept of fungus.

Our next adventure is even worse I’m afraid. I spent all week desperately trying to get my freelance work done, and then our weekend was taken up with an ill husband, a birthday party, a sick toddler and a trip to London. It was a stressful week to say the least. As such, we didn’t really have an adventure into the wilderness as usual. However, a couple of weeks ago I had a Twitter conversation with Cathy Bussey, about getting outdoors with kids, and she said her daughter loves to go and find the moon at night. I thought that was such a lovely idea, and have been meaning to do it ever since. Unfortunately, we didn’t enjoy a moonlit walk amidst the hills while looking at stars, instead we stared up at the sky from central London.

Ebony wasn’t feeling one hundred percent on our first day in London, so we were trying to avoid the sweaty nausea of the tube, and were instead walking around the capital. To keep Ebony entertained (and holding my hand) on one such walk, we decided to look for the moon. Of course, it kept disappearing behind towering buildings, and Ebony found great enjoyment in trying to find it again. It was a bit of a cheat great adventure, but I promise to be back on track in time for next week, in fact, I should have a pretty great one to share!

Have you been on any great adventures this week?

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