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Soooo the one thing about the summer holiday’s that has always stuck with me was that my mother and father were saints for not killing any of us… seriously I have five sisters and six brothers and none of us were angels!
As you can guess having such a large family was not conductive to holiday’s away from home which meant my mum and dad had to come up with ways to keep us occupied while being cheap and cheerful, and lucky for them (and us) we lived in an area that while wasn’t the best area it did happen to be five minutes walk from a huge natural playground for both adults and kids… a country park. Reddish Vale was (and still is) a beautiful, free wonderland.
Every year a huge picnic would be packed, us kids were rounded up and we were corralled for the long assed walk through nature. Storming through the never ending forest, climbing tree’s, throwing sticks at each other, pouncing on each other from low hanging branches till we got to the open fields where we’d stampeded towards the river determined to beat ‘red rock’ and dive bomb into the river hopefully missing the undertow, and then jumping out the river to drag an unsuspecting sibling into the water with us. (I’m still surprised none of us are dead)
After wearing ourselves out and stuffing our faces with the picnic we’d be dragged sedately around the huge duck pond, we’d peek at the farm (it seriously stunk), we’d walk along the river (stopping under the viaduct to scream and shout for the echo) enjoying watching the ducks, geese and dragonfly’s before we got to the flat field and my dad would get the balls out and we’d get our second wind, and we’d pummel the hell out of each other in the guise of playing games 😉
Mum and dad would finally drag us home tired, wet and dirty but so bloody happy. That would be repeated several times over the summer, and it’s something that has actually stuck. We lost our dad a couple of years ago but we still have our mum, so one day a year in the summer all us kids set a date and meet up with our mum in Reddish Vale with our kids and we repeat our childhood antics… dragging our kids with us and for one of us their grandkids, our mum yelling ‘leave your brother alone’ ‘stop running’ and ‘oh for the love of god’ while we throw off adulthood and return to being brats without a care in the world.
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