Look! What's that glinting through the trees?
I'd like to point out right now that I had no intention of making Lynn jealous. But a long time ago I promised her a picture of the Lake District, assuring her that it would be grey and drizzly, since that was what the Lake District was always like.
It is, of course, Grasmere lake, and this weekend it was gorgeous. There was even someone swimming in it. But let's not forget the real star of this outing.
The Delichon Delta. Or the Off-Roader, to give it its new name, after Eldest rejected the other suggestions - Delta, All Terrain Vehicle, Alice (the latter being Littlest's effort).
For a couple of months I have been receiving absolutely wonderful emails from The Woodland Trust telling me exciting things to do in the outdoors with my children. The only problem to date has been actually, you know, getting out into the outdoors.
But no more. This week we set forth with our printout of seeds and fruits to look for, and found all kinds of things - elder, alder, hawthorn, brambles, birch, beech, sycamore, oak - most of which I wouldn't have known the first thing about, let alone my children.
(It reminded me of a walk I took with my mum and one of her friends and her children, when I was a child. The friend had brought a wildflower book and she and my mum were snorting every time she opened it. "Look, children!" they were trilling, with difficulty, being doubled over with laughter. "A ***flower!" I realise now that they probably knew sod all about wildflowers themselves, and were as reliant on the New Book as I was on my Woodland Trust worksheet.)
Anyway, we did just as we were told.
Now it's up to them.