My kids have an incredible imagination. It’s something that I am really proud of. They can literally have fun with nothing and can turn any object into something else. A Trunki suitcase became Harrison’s ‘briefcase’, a notebook immediately becomes a school register or an order notebook for a cafe. Any part of the house becomes roads and mountains for their cars. It really is lovely to watch.
Last week, in an attempt to get some fresh air and burn off some excess energy, we headed to Basingwerk Abbey ruins, in Holywell. We’ve been there a few times when we have been on holiday in the area, but this was the first time we have been since we have lived here. It’s a lovely place to go for an hour – it’s free to visit the ruins and walk around the grounds, and there is a little tearoom which is obviously VERY important. When we went on the weekend, it was totally deserted – probably because it was cold, grey and drizzly. That never stops us though – it’s nothing that a coat, hat, gloves and wellies can’t deal with!
The Abbey was built in 1132 and there’s not a great deal of it left. The boys couldn’t really grasp what an abbey was, but that didn’t matter – they turned it into a grand castle in their minds. Their coats and hats became part of their suits of armour.
Sticks from fallen trees became swords. Ben, being the littlest, became the prisoner which they had to capture and guard. Windows became look-outs, ditches became deep rivers.
We only spent about an hour there but it really sparked their imaginations. When we got home, they were full of tales of castles and dragons and brave knights and kings. Since then, castles has been their favourite game, and we’ve had hundreds of pictures drawn of castles and knights. Harrison wants to go to the library and get some books out about castles – all sparked from a quick run around some ruins.