Being Brave

It’s become one of our family traditions that every September we go to the Great British Food Festival at Arley Hall in Cheshire.  Initially we went because I found a Groupon and for under a tenner (with a free glass of wine each) it seemed a pretty nice way to pass an afternoon.


When you return to the same place each year I always find it highlights how much is changing as you can’t help but remember the previous times you were there.

The first year we went the sun was shining and we sat on hay bales drinking wine and having a good nosey at all the food stalls.  O was far too young for any of the rides they had there but was more than happy to play in the hay for an hour.


Just to clarify, he was only drinking water, just out of a wine glass!


The second year the weather wasn’t quite as great, wellies and jackets needed although we did find a stall selling prosecco and there was the obligatory hot dog to be eaten.

Although O was still very unsure of the “bigger” rides we found a little bouncy castle tucked away in a corner of the field and he loved having a bounce.

Yesterday was a beautiful day, from the moment we arrived he asked to go straight to the rides.  We persuaded him to have a walk round, I may have had a hog roast bap (not really on the diet but it was so good) and to his credit he did sit and watch a Man V Chilli competition with us before we headed off to the rides.


After a couple of go’s on the cars, he asked to go on the big inflatable slide.  Hubby and I looked at each other with a shared “here we go again” look.  The thing is, her asks to go on these almost every time we see them.  We pay our money, he takes off his shoes, puts one foot on and then declares he’s too scared and it’s game over.


This time it was different.  As he climbed on he didn’t turn around to look at us, he grabbed the ladder and started to pull himself up.  It was slow and very shaky but he did it, he made it all the way to the top and I may have had an emotional moment staring at the top of the slide.  As he came down, he looked to us both before running off to go all over again.


Another little moment that highlights how much he is growing up, and how independent he is becoming.  Another milestone that I feel much more than he ever will.  I know there will be many more to come in the next year as we prepare him for school and I couldn’t be prouder of him.

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  1. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    September 20, 2015 / 7:14 am

    H has been like this lately and while I am so proud and love that he’s less clingy. I’m a bit sad and terrified not to be able to protect him! I adore these pics and looks like a lovely day out xx
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  2. September 20, 2015 / 7:17 am

    Oh, my kids always want to go on those, too! Lovely that he did go for it this time, and yes, I know just what you mean about going back somewhere annually like that – it really highlights the changes x
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  3. September 20, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Hahahaha the groupon thing is totally something I would have done too! Its great you have found yourselves a little tradition and what new adventures you can enjoy each year as he gets bigger x #ordinaryMoments

  4. September 20, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    Oh bless him, Mads went on one of those slides recently too and it scared me. They look so steep don’t they? It’s so bittersweet when they grow up and become more independent isn’t it? It looks like a lovely tradition to have each year. x

  5. September 20, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    LP and Little Man love inflatable slides but every time they go near them my heart goes into my mouth! I forget how big they’re getting! Sounds like a lovely day had by all x
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  6. Rachel In Real Life
    September 21, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Those things look so big and scary for our small people don’t they? I remember the first time my son went on one, he had only just turned 3 years old as well but he has no fear at all, which, funnily enough, worries me!
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  7. Beth @ Twinderelmo
    September 21, 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I love seeing how much he has grown from s water/wine drinking wee thing to the handsome young chap. Looks a lovely day and very brave! X
    Ps good job on the hog roast!!! xx
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  8. September 21, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    It is always so nerve wracking letting them conquer these milestones. Especially when you know that they’ve struggled in the past. But those pictures of O on the slide are fab. I think I would have shed a tear or two too. Hugs Mrs H xxxx
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  9. September 21, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Oh wow, how wonderful! I can’t believe how quickly he’s grown up looking back at your pictures!!

  10. Hannah
    September 22, 2015 / 10:39 am

    I love little family traditions, what a difference 2 years makes! Its scary how fast they grow, from a toddler into an handsome young man, I love your picture on the ride. Well done to him for being so brave, I bet he was proud xx
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