Lay and I returned to Holly Bank Barn on Sunday morning for the start of our family holiday. We arrived to a fabulous welcoming committee waiting for us in the driveway which was a pleasing sight after a long journey. We were then greeted with a delicious croissant breakfast (thanks Grannie Annie).
Megan and William spotted their bikes on the trailer as we drove in and, as soon as breakfast was finished, Megan started badgering us to get her bike down so she could have a go. After a while of cycling round and round the driveway, we persuaded her to put it away behind the trailer in the garage and head indoors to help prepare lunch so we could head off to the canal path at Ulverston for a proper ride.
This allowed enough time for a little magic to happen, and when Megan returned to her bike….
Wow, wow, wow – Megan’s face when she first saw the bike was a picture. She had no idea and was completely stunned at first!! She could only just touch the floor when sitting on the saddle but was fine once she got going. There are some new skills to master. Not least the size of the bike, but also the hand brakes which are now her only means of stopping and the gears.
After lunch, we set off to Ulverston with Grannie Annie and Grandad, Togo and Molly, for our first ride along the Canal. We gave both Megan and William (who is also a relative novice on his bike as he only recently ditched the stabilisers) STRICT instructions on which side of the canal to ditch into if they couldn’t stop, as we didn’t want to lose either of their new bikes (or them) in the deep water.
We got to the end of the canal and found a great spot for a break.
The return journey was equally successful with both children getting more and more confident on their bikes. They beat us all to the entrance to the footpath where they took it in turns to stand on the winners podium – influenced by the excitement of the Olympics no doubt.
Megan is delighted with her long awaited PINK big girls bike with gears. It is right at the limit of an acceptable size for her, with plenty of growing room so perfect timing for this gift.
The day ended with a lovely meal at the Red Lion (thanks Grannie Annie and Grandad). Megan and William behaved well, amusing themselves colouring in and writing stories.
Back home there was just time for a sneaky glass of red and a Holly Bank Barn handover as Grannie Annie, Grandad and Togo were heading off to Crowborough first thing in the morning.
What a great start to our family holiday. We are really looking forward to two weeks together as a family.