Saturday, 31 January 2015

Country (nearly) teenagers

Posted by Rosie

In less than 2 weeks we will have a teenager in the house. About 16 months after that we will have two.  How did THAT happen?  

So what do (nearly) teenagers get up to on on  Friday afternoon in Normandy, when they are lucky enough to come home early from school?  Do you know what?  I don't know!  They came home with a friend who is having a sleep-over and soon after arriving they changed out of school clothes into old home clothes (thank goodness) and muttered something about secret camps and exploring, before disappearing out of the door.

Was I worried when they hadn't come home after a couple of hours?  No! You see this is what I did when I was their age and this is what our country (nearly) teenagers do.  And I used to go out alone at their age and certainly without a mobile, where-as I know their friend has a mobile and and I also know that they know all our neighbours and had they needed help they could have knocked on any door without any problems.

Mind you they left their presence known before they skedaddled off:

Shoes just left where they were taken off:

And a table covered in chocolate powder, school books, milk and Babybels that somehow did not get put away:

They finally came back just as it was getting dark having thumbed a lift from Simon who was on his way home ... which gives me a vague idea about where their secret den may be, especially as their friend mentioned the spring they had seen.  I should have been a detective ;)

I am also guessing that they had a good time, if the state of the clothes they lobbed in the wash are anything to go by (and the rosy cheeks of their friend):

Afterwards they watched a bit of TV and are now playing some game that involves moving all their furniture in their rooms ... which is resulting in bits dropping though the floor and INTO my wine!!!  Oh well, it beats them sitting in front of a computer screen all evening and will hopefully wear them out so they go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Am I hoping for too much, do you think?

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After the Playground


  1. Love that they can have free reign like we did when we were younger... Sound like they had a great time as well! :)

  2. Sounds just like a day here on the farm and certainly the enviable lifestyle we all want for our kids, a life we enjoyed freely as children ourselves. I hope they did sleep well, I know with mine a sleepover rarely involves any sleep. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  3. Oh I love this. It is fabulous as you say that they went out and relaxed doing outdoorsy stuff and not just vegging. I love it when my teen son appears home with groups of mates and we come home and have to trip over lots of dirty over sized trainers, food wrappers and then yes the dirty washing - that reminds me of when they return from a festival. Thanks for joining us. Hope to see you again. #TweensTeensBeyond

  4. What a fantastic lifestyle. Lot's of mud and food - exactly what makes pre-teens thrive. Long may it continue. Thanks so much for linking up at #TweensTeensBeyond, we really value your support.


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