We are taking part in our first ever "flat traveller" swap - we made a lovely sparkly swan, which Bethany name "Sparkles"
We sent her off to Ohio, then patiently waited to recieve Flat Nolan and Flat Claudia
The three eldest were very excited. We were thrilled that they arrived today as we were going out - Bethany took Flat Claudia to her dancing lesson (where she does ballet and tap) and then after dinner we took them both to Tapton Lock
where we visited the visitor centre, and had a little walk along the canal, spotting ducks and looking for fish
We then drove to the Stavely Stretch of the canal - at the present time there is a 9 mile gap where the canal does not meet up, but they are trying to close it.
It is very pretty at Stavely - though there were no locks, there were people fishing, and running adjacent to the canal was a river with a little waterfall
We also found out some very interesting information about the history of the canal - and in paticular how they used to clean babies!!!!
Seriously worth reading if you can - just for the :-0 factor!!
Finally, we decided to take the children and their flat travelling friends to Poolsbrook Country Park - we haven't been for a while and we were absolutely delighted to find they have added to the park and there was a lot more equipment to play on
It was a great afternoon out - made even more special by our "flat travelling" friends, when we arrived home (well we went to Grandad's as he had taken us out) Flat Nolan and Flat Claudia got to watch Grandad making his tasty pancakes
All are in bed asleep now, after such an exciting day and we can't wait to see what adventures we will have tomorrow!!!