Picnics and barges

Our lovely childminder decided to organise a get together for all the parent and children that she looked after to get to know each other and catch up during the summer holidays! So bags packed (with sun hats, suncream and rain jackets – silly British weather) we were off.

8 children, 2 infants and 7 adults climbed into cars to start the journey! First stop was in a lovely little village park for a picnic. Unfortunately we were surrounded by a carnival who decided to start their set up in the middle of the picnic! 8 children running around 16 wheeler trucks is not such a great idea. However the rain decided the matter for us and off we ran to the cover of the cars and onto the next venue!

We arrived an hour early for our barge trip so sat out in the garden enjoying the remnants of our picnic whilst the kids played with pebbles on the drive way (needless to say the manager was not best impressed that we would “break his lawn mower”!) The sun decided to bless us with its presence and the jackets came off – as did the shoes and hats and tops!!!

“All aboard” was shouted and we herded up the children and clambered onto the barge. A bit of squabbling of seats later we were all seated and ready.  The kids loved looking for fish and spotting the ducks, sheep, horses etc along the way – needless to say the captain was only interested in pointing out the houses and architecture we passed!

As usual Tamsin exceeded her nappy’s poop allowance and we had some major spillage! Think this was the only part of the trip she was awake for! Obviously the barge didn’t have a changing station so the tiny bathroom floor had to suffice – thankfully I was not on duty and it was hubby’s turn (I had a baby sleeping on me!)

So excluding the rain, some poop leakage and a couple of meltdowns (from various children at various times) it was a very successful trip. I mean no one fell overboard, we didn’t lose  any children and by the end of the day had exhausted children who slept like superstars!

Another experience ticked off our list! What else should be on it? Anyone got ideas?

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