A swim and a possible crane in Richmond Park?

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A swim and a possible crane in Richmond Park?

People always have this thought of when the Summer Holidays approach and I am guilty of this too that we must go somewhere else.

When I wander through Richmond Park, I often think why?

So myself and my children decided to go to our ‘secret place’ that I discovered with my youngest a couple of days ago when we saw the deer go for a drink.  If you missed that post the link is here: Richmond Park Deer go for an afternoon drink

A few pics from then:

We had various challenges on Richmond Park as they set off on their bikes commandeering the bumps and dips around the now dried lake, then off down the side of the river we went ahoy!

Now I show my complete ignorance here, my mother seemingly knowing every kind of bird would be shamed of me now as I state, I think we saw a crane on the side of the river.  All I know is that I wanted to photograph it with my rather old iPhone (see the excuse for blurry shots?).

So we advanced quietly, as quietly as you can with children, slowly, camera in place, the crane turned that was it, flew off down to the next tree on the riverbank.  This continued with me getting increasingly frustrated but rising to the challenge all the way down the river.  I got some blurry shots but what we did get was an adventure discovering a small part of the river that my children decided looked good enough to swim in.

Is it a crane, can anyone tell me please?

So I sat on the bank and watched as they slipped and slid on the watery/muddy bank, falling down so that bottoms got completely streaked with the stickiest mud.  Tops then came off and bravery became foremost as they not only went in, but really went in, dipping under and attempting to paddle/swim in the shallow waters.

I think most of their fun was had creeping under the bridge and pretending they were trolls, much to the amusement and wonderment of children crossing over the bridge, not having a clue where the noises were coming from.

When they came out, they said “mummy that was amazing, better than gaming, any day!”

Now that is an achievement, thank you Richmond Park.

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine, LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

 

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