The school summer holidays seemed to go in a flash and my family made the most of them with a few weeks away. I did, however, enjoy a couple of days out with the girls before they started the new school term. They seem to have grown up so much during the last two years. With lockdown, I haven't seen them quite as much as I normally would, though I'm lucky that they are not far away.
We had a trip to a small local zoo; no big animals but there were reptiles and lemurs, wallabies and alpacas and some rather cute otters. The girls enjoyed it and also happily explored the large and well-equipped adventure playground.
Then I took my eldest granddaughter climbing, to a local rock-climbing gym, Clip'n Climb. She'll soon be ten and I was impressed at how fearless (and yet quite sensible) she was. Climbers are securely roped so they can't fall, but the pitches are still a good test of co-ordination, strength and grip. Despite being a beginner, she was soon racing up the easier climbs, delighting in hitting the bell at the top. She thoroughly enjoyed it and I enjoyed watching her learning, testing herself and growing in confidence.