Shortly after eventually finding our B'nB, we headed off to Rockingham Castle for an Easter Egg hunt and to explore the gardens. Daniel was in his element climbing towers and pretending to be a soldier during the time of Robin Hood, and was delighted with his purchases of a bow & arrow and a sword. It took him a little while to work out how to shoot and was soon having loads of fun with it. On the way 'home' we stopped over at a pub for a really great meal.
The following day we traveled through to Leicester where we spent a lovely day with David and Joan. David prepared a superb meal and spent hours entertaining Daniel. First with his air rifle which Daniel mastered very quickly, under strict supervision, and then into the garage. Daniel and David talked for long periods. Daniel asking lots of questions and telling David things, and David explaining what everything was for, how it works, etc and telling him all about his two man aeroplane he is building and will one day fly. In the meantime Joan, Edwin and I spent time catching up and sharing photos.
On Wednesday we packed up after a hearty breakfast and headed for Foxton Locks. Daniel found it very interesting and had great fun. There are 10 locks to negotiate in order to get from the top down and vice versa. Daniel helped one couple through the last 6 and they in turn rewarded him with a short ride through the last one. He is now very keen to go on a canal boat holiday. I'm just not sure if I will manage the constant movement. We may need to do a trial day trip first before commiting. It was a chilly day and so a lovely warm meal in a nice warm pub was very welcoming.
As always, we returned home with mixed feelings. Home is where life gets back into the rat race and the busy life returns. But it is also the comfort of your own bed, not living out of a suitcase and the friendly happy greeting of Benji. But it was a great holiday even though it was only 1 1/2 hours drive away, it was a family time, a time to enjoy life together and that is important for us!