A public space, but a very well kept secret - it's a little slice of 'private', safe, natural wilderness (is that an oxymoron?) right on our doorstep.
8 felt like the right age to do it. A scavenger hunt birthday party.
First, a map. Aren't we lucky to have an eminent mapmaker in the family?
And a system of teams and colours and flags and lists and challenges. I fucking love this stuff.
As if in homage to my bright and sunny girl, her birthday day, despite being mid winter, is always warm, calm, welcoming and bright.
The teams set off - a couple of parents along for the adventure - a couple of power-tussles and just a smattering of whining.
Tasks complete, teams proceeded to the Extraction Point where The Boatman checked their lists and granted them safe passage over the straits and on to our lawn.
When I'd asked Frieda what kind of cake one had for a Scavenger Hunt party she'd rolled her eyes (8 is definitely a bit tweeny) and declared 'A treasure chest cake of course!' (but still totally not tweeny), and I couldn't have been happier.
I've always wanted to make one of these.
I think it was a hit.
And that right there? That sweet girl in the middle? That's her next face y'all - the turning point of a new phase, the next stage, another year.
Jeez I'm excited!