It was my Mum's birthday today and despite (or perhaps because of) the sad events of the past week, we decided it was important to celebrate it. We headed to Rufford Park for a huge carvery lunch, plenty of fresh air and a healthy dose of perspective.
We took bread to feed the ducks. We soon realised that Samuel hadn't quite mastered this art when he kept gobbling up all the bread himself. But the ducks. Could there possibly be any creatures funnier than ducks? Samuel's hearty belly laughs would suggest not.
At the end of our stroll around the lake we discovered the most amazing kids' play area complete with huge sandpits and wooden forts. Samuel's eyes lit up as he ran all over the fort like a happy warrior, sometimes holding our hands, sometimes not.
It was a happy day. Happy Birthday, Mum.