Sunday, May 22, 2011

Standalone Farm - Or, A Tale of Two Siblings

We found a nearby working farm where the kids can visit to see farm animals in action. It was sort of like Maplewood at home, but much larger and with less access to the animals. The kids had a great time!

It's interesting to watch them grow and interact. They're so different in personality and they squabble like siblings do, but they're also best friends. They shape each other's behaviour and mirror each other's actions.
I think you'll see what I mean in these photos I took at the farm.

 Feeding the chickens.

Apparently no one ever told him the story about how I got my head stuck in the railing. 

 I would have put a quarter next to this guy so you could see just how big he is, but I didn't have one on hand.

 Baby lambs (4 weeks old) having lunch.

 When did he learn how to do that?

They had a little area where the kids could drive toy tractors around. 
Good thing we flew them around the world so they could do exactly the same thing they do at home!  

 See what I mean? Peas in a pod, these two.

So far I've been really impressed with English playgrounds. I'm sure they'd rather be known for international diplomacy or their rich and diverse culture, but I'm not in a position to comment on that. Their playgrounds, however, are challenging and stimulating. Yes, they're not as safe and sterile as the ones at home - there is a possibility that a kid could fall down and bonk their head (*gasp!*) - but they're much more fun and interesting. 

 Careful on the ramp....

 Tomi tries a different strategy!

 ... And off they go, my Sugar and Spice.

 We followed our adventure up with the English classic: fish and chips!

1 comment:

ebbandflo said...

Yes, I'm impressed too. When I first started taking the Wee Guy back to the UK the playgrounds were dull and boring, just as I remembered them. But in the last few years we've played in some incredibly adventurous schemes. There's a real move afoot to provide adventure grounds, where children can push themselves to the limits in a safe environment but still practise their judgement about what they are able to do in such spaces. Even I've been tempted onto some of the swings, climbs etc!!! (not bad for an old gal)