The day began with me feeling a little frustrated at Rye's noise and boisteriousness. Remedy - take the boy to the park!
There were some young boys there too - 10 maybe 11? They were very taken with Rye's bike and kept commenting how "sweet" Rye was. He enjoyed chasing the boys on his bike, and being chased. He was rather sad when they left.
Some other boys turned up, a little older and a bit rowdier - beautiful manners though. One swore, and another told him to stop swearing in front of the little kid, (Rye), and then came over and apologised to me. Bless. Still, I decided to let the lads enjoy the park without having to mind their p&q's for Rye and me, so I walked around the estate with Rye free cycling delightedly.
The park had the desired effect and on arrival home, Rye was much calmer and I decided to honour his request to paint. We spent a lovely 45 minutes playing with the plant based watercolours, very impressed with the depth of the hue.
I've really enjoyed having the entire day with Rye, we've had a lot of fun and soul satisfying to spend the day being simply a parent, rather than a parent and a childminder.