This is Owen, age 22 months, experiencing the joy of exploring on a glorious summer's day. (Let's not quibble over the fact it's technically still spring: in Britain, we take summer whenever it appears!) I didn't deliberately let him roam so far - I didn't realise how quickly he can run now!
Karen is still recovering from her operation (she had her gallbladder removed five days ago), so Owen and I spent a lot of time together this weekend. Today, we went on a bike ride to the playground in the neighbouring village of Seer Green after breakfast. (Above.) It was great fun sweeping through Seer Green at 18mph on my bike before we set foot on the swings, slides and roundabouts. In the 25 minutes we were there, we didn't see another soul!
We came home in time to join our friends Jo, Ian, Martha and Baby Betty (as Owen calls her) for a visit to Chalfont St Giles' playgroup's fun day at the village cricket ground. Owen was in an independent mood, despite the presence of his first love, Martha. He simply wouldn't be led. But he liked his hot dog, and the lolly that Jo bought him. (And I enjoyed the beer Jo bought me!) I had no idea the fields beyond the cricket ground stretched so far. No wonder Owen felt like an explorer! And as you can see below, Owen and Martha did enjoy their time together.