Monday, 20 February 2017

Romping Around the Owl Wood



Last weekend we had all four of our grandchildren together.   This doesn't happen very often, so we had to make the most of it.    

Max had spent a week overhauling their little electric car (a bargain buy on ebay, a number of years ago) and utilising the space behind the driver's seat so that there was room for a passenger.    

Lucky children!  A green sporty two-seater car, maximum speed 4mph - although after chasing it for a number of circuits around the Owl Wood, it seems faster.



Our oldest grandson very kindly acted as chauffeur for much of the time.   Don't worry.  Before he was allowed to use the car he had to take a driving test, practical and theory.     He never lets his sister forget that, because somehow Grandpa has been sweet-talked into letting her loose without taking the same test!



The little chap in the yellow coat is just three years old and totally in love with the car, luckily his legs are not as long as his ambition.   His cousin Merry, however,  is five and has very long legs and lots of confidence.

The dog and I get a great workout as we jog trot alongside.   I also provide a useful boost of 'Granny Power' when the wet clay soil sometimes stops progress.


They all take turns to travel in the car, but sometimes it is difficult for the little chap to accept that.  It would have been simple to let him be a passenger all the time, but we felt it was important to learn to take turns.     Howls of protest.    Taking a ride on a dinosaur helps calm things down.


Round and round and round we go!   They never seem to tire.

We do though.


Luckily it was eventually time for tea and the opportunity to spend some precious time  with our youngest visitor, our 11 week old grandson.

19 comments:

  1. Such lovely photos.I guess your little fella will get a longer turn when the others are all too big to fit in that fantastic little car

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    1. Hello Sue, The little fella wanted to drive as well, of course, luckily his legs were simply not long enough to reach the foot controls...phew! Didn't stop a meltdown when they changed over driver though so we did lots of fake mechanical checks, etc. It was a great lesson in developing tolerance, and sharing, for all three. It won't be long before the nine year old is too big for it and by that time the little fella's legs will have grown and he can begin to learn about steering and braking and sharing it with his baby brother. If we still have the energy to do the following.

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  2. Oh, what wonderful photos of very happy children, so lovely to see. And what a great car! Is it a vintage one? One that has been in the family for years, perhaps? It's gorgeous!
    Margaret P

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    1. Hello Margaret, It was a lucky purchase, made just after our oldest grandson was born. It had been handmade by a Grandpa, for his grandson. The grandson didn't play with it. I think the word homemade must have put a lot of people off bidding for it, which was unfortunate for the Grandpa, but very lucky for my grandchildren. It is a wonderful little car and has already given years of service trundling around the woodland. We find ourselves having to act as the traffic police or pretending to charge a toll to use the road, even jumping out like highwaymen... Luckily we have few neighbours.

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  3. PS I didn't read it correctly - you have already told me, it was an eBay bargain so not a family heirloom. Silly me!
    Margaret P

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  4. what a lovely little car. it looks like Brum! What great memories they will have.

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    1. Hello Sol, The great thing about getting older is that we are quite happy to get totally involved in their games, until our batteries run down, then we summon their parents to take a turn. I think they have fun.

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  5. Love the pictures of your grandchildren and that little green car. Precious moments!

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    1. Hello Molly, How lovely to 'see' you, I often think about you and hope you are well. They all had so much fun, it was indeed a precious time to see them all playing together like that. We hope that our two little southerners will be back again in the summer for more fun.

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  6. Wow that is so cool having a car like that. When I was a kid I'd love to have had something like that. Looks like you had an enjoyable day

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    1. Hello Bill, It also has a lean-to garage adjoining the hen house, which is just as well given that Storm Doris is heading our way. Definitely no playing in Owl Wood until that passes and the woodland floor has been cleaned up!

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  7. I remember when you first wrote a post about the car purchase....luv the rumble seat addition (dickey seat).

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    1. Hello Meggie, Who would have thought that it would still be rumbling around the wood. It has done amazing service, thanks to Max. I'm glad you like the addition, it definitely helped to keep everyone happy. One driving and two watching just wasn't going to work!

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  8. What an absolutely adorable little electric car!! I've never seen one like that before. Your grandchildren are beautiful!! Just found your blog!! Hello from New York!! xo

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hello Wendy, How lovely of you to visit! Thank you for your kind comments - like most children, they are particularly beautiful when they are fast asleep! I hope that we are helping to fill their memory banks with some fun times of a great childhood. I wish that it could be so for every child.
      I'll be sure to pop over to say "Hello"!

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  9. They will have very happy memories as I do with my old go cart!! A fantastic find :)

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    1. Hello Prunella, It was a lucky buy. The grandchildren gets lots of fresh air and the grandparents get lots of exercise. It is also popular with the parents because they stay indoors and drink cups of tea, enjoying some peace. ;)

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  10. What fabulous fun, at your house!!!!!!!!!!

    :-))))))))

    Luna Crone

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    1. hello Luna, No chance of a quiet life around here. We have two of our grandchildren after school each day, and because they live so close-by we see them all over the weekend too. When our other two little ones come up from the south it becomes noisy fun all the way as the cousins get together!

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