Friday is my day off. In the morning Savannah goes to nursery, but she spends the afternoon with me (April was working today). It was just an absolutely beautiful day – a all too brief respite from the rain that has been here all week and will return tomorrow. But, while it lasted, Savannah and I made a trip to the ruins of a 12th century Cistercian abbey about 12 miles away. It’s in a picturesque setting by the River Ribble, long since destroyed by Henry VIII.
No longer a place of worship, it makes for a great day out with an adventurous 20 month old. She had a blast! After an initial fright of the lawn mowers, I took her into what used to me the nave, set her down, and she gave her new signature, ‘Wow!’ She then climbed around on the low-lying walls, carefully climbing over them. I was amazed at how she worked each wall, making sure she had a hold of the rock with her hand, and fitting her foot firmly in place. Only when she was firmly steady, would she stand up. I would try to reach out my hand and she would pull back, determined to do it by herself! She happily explored for nearly an hour, chatting to herself. Great day!