Ruby and Lottie have never really been out paddled in water, and I knew of just the stream to do it in. We live in a village where there is a stream that tends to overflow over the road, thus creating shallow enough water for a paddle.
As soon as Ruby saw that the water had engulfed the road she was very excited and went straight in to go for a paddle and walk through to the other side, Lottie on the other hand was more reserved, but after literally putting her in the middle of the water and giving her no option to walk through it she became more confident.
Ruby showed Lottie how to stamp her feet in puddles; Lottie loved this and everytime we tried to walk out of the water she would scream! Ruby got soaked very quickly, with her big stamps, but she was not bothered in the slightest as there was too much fun to be had.
Phil then suggested we get sticks and do some racing down the stream with them, I believe this game is more commonly known as Pooh Sticks as it is what Winnie the Pooh did a lot with his friends.
Ruby quickly looked around for a stick before placing it into the water, the flow of the water made the stick dissapear very quickly and Ruby began to cry, she was really upset that her stick had gone, she had thought she would be able to get it back. I am amazed at Ruby, she can be such a sensitive little miss at times.
After we had all got considerably wet from Ruby and Lotties splashing, we headed home to the warm to dry off and enjoy a lovely cup of tea. We had a really lovely time and both Phil and I commented that it felt like we had had a proper family day and what was equally as brilliant was that it did not cost us anything!