Tiny Terror And The Rescue
Annual Festival Day
Each year there is a local festival of food and folk music, with stalls selling home made cakes, chocolates, honey, curry, meat balls and all sorts of sticky stuff plus lots going on for children and adults. Steam train rides, a petting zoo with Llamas, lambs, goats, hens rabbits, and a Shetland Pony drawing a small carriage, an owl and eagle display and giant bubbles being blown into the air are among the usual attractions. There are also physical attractions to keep children occupied and to send them home tired and ready for bed. These included a camouflage net on the grass run by the local army cadets and a climbing wall with harnesses to keep children safe as they try to climb a vertical tower. The camouflage net didn't have many takers because the grass below it was soaking wet after a sudden rain shower at the start of the festival.
Bouncy Castles and Bouncy Slides
For the younger children there was a bouncy castle, a bouncy pirate ship and a bouncy slide, all kept up with air pumped through by portable generators. I had the Tiny Terror by herself, while her mother and aunt had the others, looking for something for their lunch. The bouncy pirate ship was good knockabout fun for her and she had no worries about climbing over the centre and pushing though the vertical (bouncy) pillars along with older children, jumping out the end and running back round to start again. But then there was a whole influx of older children and we decided to try the bouncy slide.
The bouncy slide is about three times the height of an adult. You climb up one side, on sponge battens to a top platform, then slide down the other side, quite a steep drop but all the kids were enjoying it, some bouncing down the slide. The Tiny Terror climbed up the battens, reached the top and looked down the slide. She drew back and found a wet and muddy puddle on the top platform (after the rain shower) and decided that was more fun than sliding down to the bottom. I think she thought it was too steep because she went back to the battens side but they were too difficult to negotiate back down. So she just stayed up on the platform, getting wetter and wetter in the puddle!
The man in charge of the bouncy castles had no intention of going up for her. He said she was perfectly safe up there, as it was fully enclosed. Quite true but after ten minutes, there was no sign of her coming down and she was splashing the other children as they went up which didn't please the adults with them! Nothing for it but to go up for her myself! I had to take my trainer shoes off and go up in my socks. I had assumed it would be easy but those batten thingies are quite difficult to climb up. I also thought when she saw me coming, she would go down the slide and make a break for it, which would be her normal form and I was ready to slide back down quickly to get her. She did consider it but discretion won out over valour!
At the top, I found a big puddle and she seemed quite happy not to go down the slide herself. It did look very steep from up there. So I put her on my knee and we both slid down. Good fun but I ended up with a soaked rear end as well as trouser legs front and back and wet feet. Good job it was reasonably warm and I dried off.
The photograph is the tiny terror at the top of the slide on the platform before I realised I was going to have to go up for her. She was in a red coat and looks quite small compared with the slide, though it was perfectly safe for her.
Image Credit » (c) MegL my own photo