I was lucky enough to be treated to a Fathers Day surprise. Although it had to be a little late, due to everyones own timetables, we managed to get all of the family together for what turned out to be a really exciting day of archery.
Rebecca had arranged for us all to take part, while Dom took photos and kept an eye on Joshua and Ella. I did quite a bit of archery at school, a scary forty years ago, but so got back into the swing of things fairly quickly.
We all started out with the training bows to 'warm up' and get started, before moving on to the bigger, and more powerful bows.
It felt really good to have bow in hand once more, and although arrows were going all over the place at first, we did all start to hit the targets regularly.
'Tis a noble sport.
At one point, the instructor stood some cans on top of a target, and much to our frustration only Claire managed to hit any of them.....four times!
It must have been very boring for Joshua and Ella, but they behaved themselves perfectly.
A competition was laid on, and although I am certain that Matt dropped an arrow off target on purpose, I won, and treated all to the victory dance from 'A Good Year'.
It was a very hot day indeed, and so afterwards we all headed over to the Square and Compass for a cold one. We nestled down amongst the rocks and slabs, and then the daughters surprised me yet again with cards and presents. A 'Head Gardener' mug, and food treats such as home made Turkish Delight, rye bread, olives and chocolate.
All in all, a very special day indeed.
So far this week, work has been hot and steady, and thankfully dry. It's Friday morning now, and we have showers forecast, and so I expect things will start to grow again....here we go!