Having had colds for a few weeks, and the weather not being great, we’ve not managed to get out and about that much recently. But never one to agree to staying inside, N’s happy to make the most of any opportunity.
On Thursdays he’s at the local nursery school which finishes at 3, so one of the staff brings him home and looks after him until we get back from work. I’m sure he spends all this time telling her what to do and what he wants to do, and this week it seems that he wanted to play in the garden. When I came back and saw he was in a change of clothes I assumed it was from nursery and he’d got wet there, but it turned out he’d been playing in the rain filled water table and had got a tad overexcited. It wasn’t the warmest weather yesterday, but when he’s engrossed in play, he doesn’t seem to worry about that.
When I arrived home, we nipped over to the farm but he refused to come inside with me. So he quite happily wonder around talking to the dog while I grabbed what I needed.
I found him near the door with a stick. Likely a stick that the dog had stolen from somewhere as it didn’t look like a twig, but a bit of wood which had been broken off the wooden fence or gate. But N didn’t care. All he was interested in was gouging out the driveway and making shapes in the gravel.
It took a long while to walk the 100 yards or so of the drive back to ours as every few metres, he needed to squat and poke the stick at the drive again.
We did detour to see if the lone 2 conker cases we’d spotted at the top of the horse chestnut tree in the garden had dropped. There was no sign of the cases, but miraculously the 2 conkers were still under the tree, and hadn’t been picked up by the dogs. So that’s another 2 to add to our collection.
As long as N’s had a reasonable amount of time allowed to potter and explore outside, he’s usually happy to head back into the house when asked. I think we’d really struggle if we didn’t have the space to just be able to wander as it does allow him to get outside even if the weather’s not great and we’re not going anywhere in particular.
Give a boy a stick, and he’s going to be happy.
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