I think E looks like a fairy hiding in the woods in this picture. It's a lovely piece of forever taken from today, which was as close to perfect as could be. School was closed so we had all three children at home and the sun shone and shone and shone.
In the morning we made flower crown and danced round a Maypole. After, we prepared a picnic and headed to the woods. We made up a story which re-cast Z and E as forest creatures named Willow and Holly, who lived in the woods and helped us find our way to a hidden stream. After lunch, the children pottered around in the water, slightly out of sight but still in earshot of J and I who were basking in the glorious sunshine. When we went to find the children, they were all paddling naked in the sun-dappled shallow water where I took this picture before being spotted.
In the late afternoon we went to see our new house (fingers crossed) to talk through the electrical and plumbing work that needs to be done before we move in. It's the first time I've visited the house and let myself get carried away with what it would be like living there. It's more than 3 times the floor size of our current flat and needs lots of work but is full of period features - fireplaces, cornicing, wooden floors, big sash-windows. We'll be able to have friends round for long lazy Sunday lunches, picnics in the garden and sleep-overs for the children. It's not quite ours yet (we have still to negotiate on the price following the survey) but I can't help but get excited. So very, very excited!