Winter is coming. So long warm summer sun that shines through the curtains in the mornings, and hello to layers of clothing just to try and keep warm in the house. The nights are getting darker faster now. I'm just not ready for it. You see, Irish winters aren't just cold. They're constantly wet too. Well. Today was dry at least, and I thought I had better take advantage of the last of this mild weather. So off we popped to our local forest.
Our friends from dotcomgiftshop kindly sent Jack an enormous box full of goodies the other week. Jack has been dying to get playing with the delightful toys it contained! Today we decided to go hunting for spiders and bugs with the Nature Trail set. And apparently crabs too. "No, there wont be any crabs in the forest" I explained. "There is!" came the reply. "No, crabs live in the sea" says I. "Me find crabs with my new 'noculars!" Well. I guess there's no harm in looking. Anything for a quiet life. And when did my boy become so contrary anyway?
Of course when you're actually looking for spiders, there's not a single one about. There was plenty of webs though. "Which way should we go to look?" I asked him, pointing to the compass. "Four O'clock" he answered. It's hard for a 2 year old to understand a compass. To be fair it does look a lot like a clock. We spied lots of fallen foliage and acorns through the magnifying glass. But he was particularly taken with the binoculars. Wouldn't you be? How fun it was to look at the ducks out on the lake. As it always is with a new toy, Jack insisted the binoculars come to bed with him. So I have temporarily removed the string and as I write this, Jack is sleeping soundly with teddy by his side and his binoculars clutched tightly in those perfect little hands. Bless.
Thanks for making this little boys day, dotcomgiftshop!
"Sure you can have a smile Mum, as long as you don't mind me smiling LIKE THIS!"