I’ve been keep the kids busy walking this summer. Walking is mighty cheap as far as activities go. And cheap is about all I can afford right now. The trick is to pick new locations to meander through, otherwise I’m in for a moan-fest.
One of their favorite places to explore is the local river.
What kid doesn’t like skipping rocks or digging their hands and feet into nice warm sand.
However, our successful venture with the Fairy Tree House has them all itching to create new dwellings. So when walking along the river you should have seen how excited they got when passing log-jams (now above water since the spring flood waters have receded). It’s almost like treasure hunting.
Just look at what they finagled me into letting them haul home. Lea wants another fairy house for her bedroom. T-rev is positively giddy about the prospects of building a Halo War Command Combat Tree Fort Base (something, something). Evo-Man just wants to carve a branch into a sword. Geez, some boys never grow up – Bless Em’. They must be their mother’s sons. That and it’s free, and they are enlarging their creative minds. How can I say no?
Wow, and we’ve free wood for the fire pit if they get lazy.
You wouldn’t believe how this enormous stump got me dreaming of renting a crane, and semi-flatbed truck to haul it back to my backyard. Can’t you just see and entire Fairy City hidden in all it’s nooks and crannies. Sometimes my imagination is a curse, what with wanting an old stump this bad. I probably sat and stared at it for a good 10 minutes. It was a nice dream.
Fortunately my kids stayed with me. They are used to seeing mom take a quick jaunt to dreamland.
Oh, and wading in a cool stream on a warm day is positively Blissful.
Maybe it’s just me but I swear I see tiny flakes of Gold Pixie Dust running all along the river.
And when we can’t go to the river we go to the enchanted woods. The Lost Boys never explored something this breath-taking. Lily pad covered ponds with amazingly blue and turquoise dragonflies skimming over the mirror still water. You can almost sense the enchantment floating all around you.
The Dragonflies wings always fascinate me, so delicate and swift. This picture doesn’t do their glimmering color justice.
And in the woods if you look out the side of your eye you might just see a sunbeam glance off a fairies wings.
And should Hopes wee legs get tired as she traverses the wooded path… well…
There’s always a big brother willing to offer her a ride.
I think I must live in the most beautiful place on Earth. Go ahead, Wow me with views of your neck of the woods. Are they as enchanting as mine?