At the weekend, while Madhouse Daddy was watching the footie on the telly and Sophie was soaking up the atmosphere watching the match on a big screen in the town centre with her friends, I took Pierre and Juliette along to Festijeunes, a free kids' festival that was going on in a nearby town. It was set in a park along a canal and we saw a big heron. Pierre made me laugh on the way home when he said that it was cool to see the "herring" !
The first thing that Pierre wanted to do was have a pony ride. A few weeks ago, he went on a school trip to a riding centre and came home proudly clutching a certificate to say he'd ridden a pony called Haribo so he told the horse handlers that he knew how to ride ! He did amaze me by managing to mount and dismout all by himself though.
I thought he looked a bit wobbly (especially his head !) but I asked him if he'd enjoyed it and he said it was brilliant !
We moved on to some calmer pursuits - some stress-busting colouring while we waited our turn for the next activity.
Now, this was an ingenious, albeit very messy, activity - filling water pistols with paint then spraying them onto big sheets of paper.
Pierre and Juliette both had great fun and created some very colourful designs.
Time for some refreshments and Pierre opted for a candy floss that was even bigger than his head !
There was one final activity left to try out (because they didn't want to do the rifle shooting, archery, face painting or water jousting !). After strapping himself to a big elastic band, Pierre had to try to pull himself along far enough to stick a bean bag covered in velcro on to a sticky strip.
It was very hard work so the girl gave him a helping hand, pulling him along by his arm then letting him go, at which point he went shooting back on the elastic band and landed in a heap down the end. His face was a picture but it must have been fun because he wanted another go straight afterwards !