It's always good to go out for a long scooter during half term- it's free, healthy and good for the soul. We took our scooters to Westfield Pill Reserve, Neyland Marina so we could feed the swans while we were there. I haven't mentioned our Gelliswick swans for a while as they seem to have settled further on this year so we only see them occasionally now.
I really do need an adult scooter so I can keep up with all the kids! One day we'll all cycle here together.
Stopping by the swans is great for a mid scooter rest. Some days we eat a picnic too.
I remembered recently reading that we shouldn't really feed swans bread so I looked it up before we left the house. I have fed them this all my life so would feel bad it it was wrong. Of course naturally, they eat sea grasses and algae, insects and molluscs and this is best for them. However fresh bread can be given (never mouldy bread) but it should never be a substitute for their natural, nutritious food. They can also be given fresh grains and fresh greens such as lettuce and spinach. So we can pack a varied lunch for them next time!
Izzy was dressed very appropriately in her Swan Print Runaway dress from Bread and Jam. I've wanted to buy the girls one for ages, so when a huge discount offer dropped into my inbox I took advantage of it. I was thinking practically that I should buy one for Rebecca so I get "three girls" wear out of it before passing it on but this dress was just so Izzy!
I love that their dresses have pockets for trinkets, toys and even crumbs of bread! I can imagine her in a yard feeding her chickens!
I can't remember what was going on, but Izzy does not look amused with Caitlyn here!
Izzy loves her Nanny!
I know, it's a miracle, I managed to get all of the kids (siblings and cousin included!) into a photo! I truly meant to join in the Siblings and Me and Mine linky this year, but here we are in November and I haven't started yet! There's always next year, right?
As it gets colder, it's time to put out more food for the birds.
There are plenty of places to stop for a rest and enjoy the view.
This twisty hill (you can't see from the photo but it starts off very high so the kids coming from the top gathered LOTS of momentum!) provided fun for all. On one turn Rebecca looked like she couldn't stop. She narrowly avoided heading into the hedge opposite. She hurt her leg slightly, but her pride a lot, this was not helped by the fact that my relief gave way to humour and I really couldn't stop laughing (and coughing as I still haven't shifted it). Oh bless her, but it was a funny moment- sorry Rebecca!
This photo has quite a wintry feel compared to the other photos which still look quite autumnal.
I love looking back over photos of the day and seeing how happy the kids are.
This photo came about as Izzy stopped and said, "Mummy you can take a photo of me with Jo Jo here if you like!" So I did!
On the way back, Izzy's shorter legs grew tired, so we ended up walking slowly together. She does try so hard to keep up with the older kids.
When we caught up with the girls they had found a "stage" and were each putting on concerts for us, singing songs and dancing. It was lovely but after quite a while standing still we began to get cold. We hurried them up but they kept asking for "one more song".
It goes dark so quickly at the moment, but I'm glad we made the most of the daylight hours we did have-on the days I spend out I definitely feel happier and more energetic!