Sunday, March 04, 2007

On Top of the World

I woke this morning to that telltale sound of heavy rain and howling winds. Good to tell it's rugby this afternoon.
Sarah's team has finished third in their local league. When I say local I mean covering the two counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. Girls rugby teams are fairly sparse so we think nothing of travelling up to 80 miles each way for a 'local' league game. This afternoon we don't have to go quite that far just half an hour's drive to the home of Yeovil's rugby team Ivel Barbarians. This will be the play offs taking the four top teams to work out the league winners etc.
The other three teams are very strong, one of them only being lower than us in the league because they've played less games than us so it will be a tough afternoon - and obviously very wet and muddy if this morning's weather holds.
Yesterday, however, was a whole different story. Beautiful blue skies and mild spring temperatures. Sarah was working in the afternoon so we took the two youngest out to Ham Hill Country Park, also near Yeovil.
It's a huge iron age hill fort which gives the kids every opportunity to run around like complete lunatics and wear themselves out.
Here are the two youngest giving a mole a headache. The weather was mild but don't take my son's shorts as an indication of that because he wears them all year round regardless of the weather.
And here's my baby in pensive mood considering a descent.
The views from the top are awesome.
On the edge of the escarpment is monument, a war memorial I think, providing the opportunity to rest some weary legs while enjoying the views. Here you can see loony kids on the top step, and a less than amused Daddy on the bottom one!
The whole park is full of hills and dips, ancient fortifications I believe, but great for haring up and down letting off steam. Yesterday Daddy drew a line at them slithering down on their bottoms getting muddy - We'll save that for another time when he's not there to apply the brakes :o)
Obviously precious little stitching got done but lots of fresh air and even a bit of exercise.

16 comments:

Jane Weston said...

You do live in a beautiful part of the country! The colours in those pictures are so vivid..the greens and the blue sky...lovely!

YankeeQuilter said...

What beautiful photos! It looks like a great day. Try and stay warm at Ruggy...I just came in from walking the dog and am soaked through. Think I'll spend the rest of the day sewing.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This is what life is all about, making memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

Screen Door said...

Looks like fun... Enjoy those kids-- they grow so fast...

Karen said...

what lovely scenic photos. Your children are beautiful. Waking to a heavy rain on rugby day doesn't sound promising- I remember days like that only it was at horse shows! Hard to look pretty in a sloppy muddy ring!
Love you blog.

Faith said...

what lots of lovely bagsful of fun and fresh air there good to get out while you can before the strong rain and the winds beat you.

joyce said...

What a gorgeous place to go for a walk (or run, or slide in the mud). And all that green! It's still very white here.

Leigh said...

How lovely and green the scenery is in your photos. Here in my part of Oz (and most of the country) we are in the midst of the worst drought on record. What bliss to wake to the sound of heavy rain. Can you send some our way?

mereth said...

What a gorgeous place to spend a day, and it's so green there.I do envy you it all looks so romantic.(Although hubby doesn't exactly look in the mood!)
My sister and I had a penfriend in Yeovil when we were in our teens, we were always going to visit her and now I can see the scenery we missed.

Lily said...

Lovely Anne - laughing still that Nigel was less enthusiastic about hijinks than you or the kids!

Libby said...

Such wonderful views for everyone and lots of fun for the kids chase around feeling free. Looks like a great day for all.

Ruth's Place said...

What great views, it looks like a lovely place to spend a day.

Jeanne said...

The photo of your daughter anticipating her descent is just precious! It could be a poster.

ForestJane said...

Great pictures, and they sure look like they're having fun! Wonder if it'd be a good place to fly a kite?

Clare said...

Trust Dad to spoil the fun! I would have thought that a bit of mud in a Rugby playing damily wouldn't have mattered in the slightest! Lovely photos - thanks for sharing. Did you find the Bescherelle book?

Dawn said...

I finally got some time to pop over and catch up. WOW, is that park/pictures gorgeous! I love them!