A hammock under a willow tree, and a puppy for company: what more could a kid want?
...aside from maybe a cob of corn.
Anya, our gracious hostess, has a keen eye for garden juxtapositions.
This contrast of red and green is particularly striking.
Their pond was a draw for all the kids (although I think their frogs must be traumatized...Violet even kissed one full on the...lips? Do frogs HAVE lips?
As per usual, her clothes came off within hours, and she was content to contemplate the wonder of being three by the serene garden waters.
A rare snap of me (I'm usually the one behind the camera), with my girls.
Margot spent the day grazing at the picnic table...love how tiny her face looks here, peering over daddy's shoulder!
At the end of the afternoon, Margot helped to finish off dessert: Eton Mess (a marvellous swirl of berries, whipped cream, and chunks of meringue). She used a wooden spoon to get it into her mouth and was quite pleased with herself (and with all the attention she was getting).
We had a scare when Margot fell into the pond; she is used to wading into shallow shoreline water, and we imagine she just stepped in; we were closeby and saw her hat floating, then realised that that was her floating beside it, face-down and not struggling at all. We didn't even hear a splash, and the many children around the pond didn't notice anything amiss. A quick Daddy-scoop out of the water, a bit of sputtering and crying, and then she was off toddling happily around again. A frightening reminder of how quickly your child can get into trouble, even when you're standing closeby. She enjoyed the pond later in the day, but this time with mama's hand firmly around her tummy (as she was intent on plunging in again)...sigh. I whispered a thanks to the Angel that whispered to us to look over when we did, or this post might have had a very different ending.
*Special thanks to Anya and Jay for the loan of their camera, and to Jenny who emailed me some of the ones she took!