Finding My Inner Child Wasn’t That Hard

6 Jun

It was at the end of a five-minute walk to the local park.

I couldn’t wait any longer to complete my latest 101 task: I grabbed the Hub and how he wished that sentence ended there, but it doesn’t – it ends at the play area on Gorsey Bank.

First up: The Wall.  Hub’s first mistake: not taking a photo of the whole thing.  It could be three feet tall for all you know.  It isn’t; and I didn’t get to the top; but I did get off the ground.

The walls have fears 

Next: The Spider Web.  This is the one I’ve been itching to tackle.  It hangs between two Walls, so you can get an idea of the height from the next photo:

When I said ‘Come into my parlour’ I meant walk in like a lady.
Tilly had just spotted the Maltesers her husband had dropped on the other side
Tilly’s reputation for grace and dignity had been somewhat exaggerated

I was chuffed to reach the top of the Web but not stupid enough to try climbing over it.   I went back the way I came.  That’s when the Hub made his second mistake: I had one foot on the ground and my other foot caught in the last link, sending me flat on my back, bum, elbow and stringing me up like a, well, fly trapped in a spider web.

The Hub, instead of taking a photograph, rushed over to help me.  It was a Hub’s Rush, of course, so I had time to call an ambulance, check myself out, cancel the ambulance, and yell at him for missing the best pic of the day.

I wasn’t badly hurt: just my elbow, backside, hip, hands and head ache this morning.

Grime on my hands

There are little benches dotted around the park; nobody knows if they are for sitting or balancing on.  I promised to go on everything, however, so I did:

She was perfect for the James Stewart role in Stockport’s new production of ‘Vertigo’

Next, three rocks:

As her confidence grew, Tilly became boulder

I’ve never been a swinger, but I did enjoy it for a while.  They are not really built for my crisp-bearing hips, however.

Swing low, sweet Tilly Bud

The stilts were easy: low, and fixed to the ground, which I kept my eyes on at all times.

You can’t see the Bud for the trees

Finally…the slide.  I saved it till last because it had been raining (but I’d ironed a spare pair of trousers specially).  The Hub said all he could hear from me was …thud…ow…ow…eek…bang…ouch…thud…  I added an aching ankle to the list, after almost bending it backwards when I caught it on a corner.

What goes up…
…come down…

I had no grace, no dignity, and no pain I can’t deal with; but you know what?  I had loads of fun!

59 Responses to “Finding My Inner Child Wasn’t That Hard”

  1. Cindy June 6, 2011 at 10:49 #

    Jolly well done!


  2. eof737 June 6, 2011 at 11:01 #

    You deserve kudos for your effort and for the guts to share it all with us. You, Mz. Tilly, deserve a medal. Keep it up! 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 6, 2011 at 11:33 #

      It was so much fun I might just do it again, when the children are back at school 🙂


  3. vivinfrance June 6, 2011 at 13:18 #

    For the puns, the sight of Tilly enjoying herself, the beaming smiles, I salute you. Please let Hub off whatever punishment you’ve decided on: he did a grand job the pictures.


    • Tilly Bud June 6, 2011 at 13:25 #

      Let him off? You don’t know me at all 🙂


  4. mairedubhtx June 6, 2011 at 13:18 #

    Congratulations to you for doing all that! I couldn’t begin to do half of it. Glad you had fun, though.


  5. granny1947 June 6, 2011 at 14:46 #

    What have you been smoking girl?????
    Glad to hear you have never been a swinger. 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 6, 2011 at 14:49 #

      Smoking? If I smoked, I wouldn’t have been able to write this, let alone do it 🙂


  6. slpmartin June 6, 2011 at 15:56 #

    Now there’s an adventure for you! Smiles.


  7. gigihawaii June 6, 2011 at 17:06 #

    I’m like you: FUN-LOVING!!! I loved this post especially. And thank your hubby for his fine photography.


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 11:44 #

      I can’t spoil him by paying him compliments 🙂


  8. Bella June 6, 2011 at 17:23 #

    The spider’s web would have done me in for sure! I, contrary to you, would not have called off the ambulance! Sigh. 🙂


  9. beckysefton June 6, 2011 at 18:14 #

    Very well done! I’m very proud of you! Who says playing is just for kids?!


  10. jamieonline June 6, 2011 at 19:49 #

    Brilliant. Just pure brilliant.
    Well done. I can see you taking part in some TV show. Jumping over hurdles. You’re really loving it and that’s fab. You put a smile on my face. 🙂


  11. kateshrewsday June 6, 2011 at 20:31 #

    Only you, Tilly, could have taken a playground and turned it into a cyberpageturner. I have been waiting for those photos and I wasn’t disappointed. You are a woman of many talents, and it is awe inspiring to realise that all it takes is a few strategically placed Maltesers to transform you into this effervescent action woman.

    From the bottom of my heart, congratulations.


  12. Paula Tohline Calhoun June 7, 2011 at 01:29 #

    To my own Hubs’ shock, horror, and anger (at me) I would have gladly joined you! What fun! I’m jealous!


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 11:51 #

      They must have play areas Stateside…?


      • Paula Tohline Calhoun June 7, 2011 at 23:36 #

        Of course we have all kinds of play areas around here, but they are not within walking distance for me, and Hubs would NEVER drive me to one. He feels like he’s taken me to the emergency room enough. . .


  13. barb19 June 7, 2011 at 01:32 #

    That’s what it’s all about Tilly – having fun – and it looks like you did from the pics which are great!


  14. nrhatch June 7, 2011 at 02:27 #

    You go, girl! 😀


  15. Perfecting Motherhood June 7, 2011 at 06:40 #

    You go, girl! My kids sometimes ask me to join them on the playground, so I completely understand your grunting noises…


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 11:55 #

      It’s great to just let go and have fun 🙂


  16. earlybird June 7, 2011 at 06:40 #

    Well done, Tilly! I hope the aches and pains are much better today. Loved the photos too. Even if the Hub did miss the one of you sprawled at the foot of the web…


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 11:56 #

      Don’t mention his name! He’s still in disgrace.


  17. colonialist June 7, 2011 at 11:51 #

    Such bravery! It was an interesting way to discover why the average child is generally covered in bruises and scratches – only they don’t seem to develop the aching muscles and strained joints to go with it.

    Shouldn’t you have dressed for the part in a Spiderwoman outfit?


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 11:53 #

      Everyone who watched already thinks I’m crazy; throw in a costume, and I’d be writing this from an institution. 🙂


  18. sarsm June 7, 2011 at 12:30 #


    Love the captions with the pictures too.

    I haven’t been so brave since I got my bum stuck in the kids pop up tuńnel…


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 22:03 #

      I don’t believe that story; I need photographic evidence 🙂


  19. speccy June 7, 2011 at 16:24 #

    You climbed the climbing wall as well as the spider!!! Way to go TillyBud 🙂 I’m not joining you the next time though!


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 22:04 #

      I’m tempted to let there be a next time…it was such fun 🙂


  20. gobetweenflames June 7, 2011 at 16:52 #

    Well done! Very good of you to keep on smiling even after all the bruises.


  21. Pseu June 7, 2011 at 18:05 #


    Now time for a caption competition I think….


  22. Alienhippy June 7, 2011 at 21:26 #

    Well done my friend, I’m proud of ya! You released your inner monkey!
    I just love this post Tilly, you acted like me for the day.
    Now you just need to splash in muddy puddles and dance around the supermarket.
    Love and hugs.
    Lisa. xx 🙂


    • Tilly Bud June 7, 2011 at 22:06 #

      I always do the muddy puddles (and kicking through autumn leaves) but I haven’t danced in a supermarket yet 🙂


  23. Blossom Dreams June 8, 2011 at 07:25 #

    Tilly – just one thing to tell you after reading this post – you ROCK!!!!! 🙂 😉 Oh, and another thing…next time you go to the park, please call me! xx


  24. SammyDee August 3, 2011 at 16:48 #

    I love the captions with your photographs. lol. It looks as though you had a lot of fun. 🙂


  25. Paula June 2, 2012 at 15:59 #

    Hey Tilly, thank you for showing me this link 🙂 I had another crack at your humour. Enjoyed the pics and the story. You are the funniest thing on WP !!!! You must be great fun to live with!!!


    • Tilly Bud June 2, 2012 at 16:08 #

      Not sure my husband would agree with that 🙂


  26. viveka October 19, 2012 at 19:36 #

    Brilliant photos … Hub and camera agree very well – you look worried at some of them … but it’s more laughter than cry here. That photo is so good. Thanks for sending me over here … I think we all should do the park .. more often *smile



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