We are very lucky to have local family who live in an even more idyllic spot than we do and that can accommodate us for Christmas. The fact that the weather on Boxing Day was lovely in the morning meant that a few of us were able to go and work off some of the Christmas excess:
My children had both received Christmas hats too so this was a chance to give an outing to Mr Tiger:
and Miss Bunny (alongside Miss Wolf):
The country lanes were almost deserted and there were just a few puddles to negotiate or circumnavigate. Along the way we acted out the Lord of the Rings and had to sneak past fields of orcs (sheep) and wargs (cows)! It kept the children happy for our little outing.
There were plenty of intriguing footpath signs to follow on day when we all have proper footwear on:
Of course with grown up cousins around my daughter took a chance to take it easy:
She did then help to rescue an exercise ball that had been blown into the beck before it did any harm to the local wildlife:
This little section of footpath was nicely tucked away although the beck itself was close to over flowing after all the rain:
This area used to be a hive of wood turning just like the village of Staveley close by. You can still see the evidence of the mills along the beck:
A great way to clear out the cobwebs and drag the children away from their new toys!