Last Saturday Monkey and I were invited to Lands’s End – no not the well known Cornish landmark (bit far away for a day trip!), but the clothing company, based in Oakham, Leicestershire. When I was checking out the route I released we’d be driving right past Rutland Water and a RSPB Nature Reserve. I wasn’t sure how long we’d be involved with the event, but told Monkey that if we weren’t too late leaving we’d stop off on the way home, especially as the weather forecast was looking great.
Well as luck would have it, the team at Lands’ End had a similar idea, and we were all treated to a boat cruise on Rutland Water aboard the Rutland Belle in the afternoon! We travelled by coach with a group of bloggers and their families to the north shore of Rutland Water and all the while I was explaining to Monkey what we’d be doing. No it’s not a punt, but maybe a bit smaller than a pirate ship. He seemed fine with the idea until we left the coach and walked towards the jetty. Then he decided he hated the idea of going on a boat cruise on Rutland Water, started crying and ran off. Oh joy!
So once I’d caught up with him, and told him that he would be perfectly safe, the boat wouldn’t be trying to break any speed records and that I wouldn’t leave his side, we tried again. I had to carry him, not to be recommended with a bad back, but never mind, and we got on board the boat. He agreed to sit on the benches at the top of the Rutland Belle, and we made ourselves comfortable.
Mummy you have to sit by the edge, and hold my hand. Ok Monkey. The boat slipped away from its mooring and we started our trip, and as we edged through the waters Monkey began to relax and to take in the scenery around us.
We chatted about other people having fun on the water and the different sports.
The sun shone down on a lovely late September afternoon and we just enjoyed watching the world go round.
The smile was back and Monkey was enjoying himself. We even got to see a rather splendid aircraft flying overhead, sadly my camera lens doesn’t do it justice.
Before long Monkey wanted to go downstairs and stand at the front of the boat, he even let go of my hand.
Our boat cruise on Rutland Water lasted for just under an hour and gave us a really good view of the area. We’ll certainly be back to explore further with Daddy P in the future. It did make me chuckle when Monkey turned round to me as he left the boat, Mummy, that was great, can we go on it again? Got to love that boy.