Living Arrows is about celebrating childhood. It’s a weekly series run by Donna at What the Redhead Said which involves sharing a moment each week with others. The project originally took it’s name from a poem by Kahlil Gibran: “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”.
Daddy’s Birthday & The Zoo
This past week we’ve had a lot going on. Both Chase and I have been unwell, and so have muddled through as best as possible. But I get the feeling this is actually only the beginning of the sickness, and the worst is yet to come. I hope I’m wrong.
We did have some fun moments though, which makes up for the being ill. It was Daddy’s Birthday last week, and we decided to visit the zoo for the afternoon after Chase had finished nursery. It was pretty darn cold outside, so we mostly spent time in the areas sheltered from the bitter wind.
As it was late afternoon on a weekday, it meant that the zoo was relatively quiet. This meant that when we visited the Tropical Rainbows Aviary; we had the place to ourselves for the entire time that we were in there. Which was perfect for coaxing an unusually shy little boy to stand next to the not-so-shy lorikeets that were zipping around the room!
In the Familiar Friends area of the zoo (aimed at younger children), there are a few activities for the kids to play on. Usually, this area is rammed with children, fighting to have a go at the activities. So we always walk straight past. But lucky for us, today it was completely empty. So Chase made a beeline straight for the wooden tortoise xylophone there; and ended up having to be torn away half an hour later as it was closing time!
We found a Robin… Or Three!
One final moment from this week is a #win for mummy more than Chase. Since we got our new DSLR camera at Christmas, I’ve been wanting to photograph a Robin. They’re my favourite bird by far, and in my mind, are quintessentially “English Winter”. But as yet, I’ve been unable to see one, let alone take a photo! Just as we were leaving the zoo, not one, not two, but THREE beautiful robins decide to make an appearance at once! Right in front of me! So after some patient waiting (sitting on the freezing floor). I managed to capture some stunning images of them flitting between the hedges and sidewalks. Definite plus to a week of dreariness in our household.