Tuesday 8 May 2012

Fun Family Time on a boat!

(Goblin is 30 months)
This weekend included a bank holiday Monday. Which was just as well because Goblin was ill all of Sunday and lay on the sofa feeling very sorry for himself while watching Dora and his new favourite Go Diego, Go (Thanks You Miss Courtney for that little gem). 
He was still feeling a bit under the weather on Monday, but his temperature was down so we decided to brave a boat trip. Nanny had discovered the trips on the River Stour, and on bank holiday Monday kids go for free if they bring a teddy.  We decided not to take Goblin's favourite Lamby in case it fell over board.
The little electric boats came every half hour and did a little journey up the river to the wier and back again. The round trip took about half an hour and the captain of the boat gave a little talk on what we were looking at as we went along. Half an hour is just about right for a toddler.
Goblin was not amused at having to wear a life jacket. Even when I said it was just like the one that Dora and Diego wear he was not appeased. He was also disgruntled that the adults didn't have to wear one. I had to explain that the river wasn't that deep and if we fell in we could just stand up. This seemed to be a satisfactory answer - although it may just have been that he was distracted by something new.
When we got on board the boat rocked hard. Goblin was rather nervous, and so were a couple of older people at the front of the boat. In fact by comparison Goblin totally remained calm.
Once it got going Goblin settled down and started looking around. 
We saw other boats 
We saw life belts in big red boxes along the tow path
We saw pillboxes from the second world war
And we saw a swan in a nest
Goblin liked the boat trip, but the best part of the day was getting ice cream afterwards. Especially because the nice ice cream man gave him chocolate sauce and sprinkles on his one.

I'm sharing this with
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall 


  1. Click, take a pic. My co-worker and I break out into song all the time as he has a 2-year-old.

  2. What a great outing, and I hope Goblin is on the mend. The boat and river look a lot like one shown on Relocation, Relocation (I have to admit I am rather addicted to that show!). And what a great ice cream man :-)

    Thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times x

  3. Oh poor Goblin! He looks poorly :( What a wonderful day out for the family. Hope Goblin is better now :)

    1. Pleased to report that Goblin is back to his usual happy self and had a great day at nursery today. He told his key worker all about the boat trip and the "hoot hoot" (the horn on the boat).

  4. What a fun outing!! Thank you for sharing it with us and for the shout out on FB!

  5. Goblin is learning and doing so much in his early years. I do admire your outdoor family parenting style. Thank you for sharing the latest adventure on Country Kids.

  6. Hope Goblin is better now. Lovely pictures but I agree I do love an ice cream.


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