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In this Episode of theShugrHeds…
…we got water bottle flipping, sibling rivalry, immodest celebration of WINNING and irritable FAILING!!!

Long Hot Summer Days

We all had a (mostly) lovely day in Windsor a few weekends ago. It was a boiling hot Saturday. It took almost 2 hours to get there from our house as the roads were so chocca! It’s funny how the whole country seems to have the same idea at the same time! I thought – We’ll leave after lunchtime, it’ll be quiet then.

Supercars all round!

We had arrived in Windsor along with 2 bikes and a Green Machine tricycle, as you do.
We headed straight for Windsor great park and the Long Walk, which I’ve always loved. As we walked down the road that connect the long walk with the high street, we all admired the supercars just casually parked here there and everywhere. I suppose if you have the Queen as your neighbour, you probably have quite a few pennies in your pocket yourself!

Lottie gets a bottle flip, while George's hovers

Lottie gets a bottle flip, while George’s hovers

Lashings and lashings of ginger beer!

We found a shaded spot near the pathway and settled down to an Enid Blyton-esque picnic 🙂
After lunch we set off on our long walk to the tiny monument in the distance (or far away as Father Dougal McGuire may say). It seemed to have got even hotter, the sweat was just dripping off me.

Fluffy hats and sparkly trousers

We watched a wedding horse and carriage trot down the path. There were a few gentlemen on the back of the carriage shouting something indecipherable and tooting on bugle. If there one thing the world cannot fault the British at, it’s delivering Pomp and Ceremony at every given opportunity!

Shortly after this, we saw a couple of lads on a few horse and carts going up the path towards the castle. We didn’t think much of it at first. Rachel and I assumed that it was a new tourist attraction. Rachel remarked that all of the horse and carts seemed to be driving themselves. There appeared to be no driver on any of them. The horses turned round at the top and then made their journey back down the hill they’d just come up.

Ben gets a tricky bottle spin on da bin!

Ben gets a tricky bottle spin on da bin!

A Growing feeling of unease

All five of us were walking close to the path that they were using. It dawned on me that they were going almost 20mph. I had an immediate “Worried Dad Moment” and pulled our three close to me and started to walk further away from the path. I made us all head towards a large tree. Figuring that a horse would not head towards a large tree.

One of the occupants of the carts passed us by then he stood up and turned round a just glared at me. Up until now, I had maintained my original suspicion that it was tourists. Then another cart went passed and shouted out a drunken “Oi, Oiiiii!” at me and a group of teenage lads enjoying a beer in the sun. The lads returned the idiots greeting not knowing any better.
After this guy had turned round, he came down even faster than the carts before. Although there was no-one holding reins, the horses were still being guided by the men.

Ben is victorious yet again!

Ben is victorious yet again!

Carnage on the grass floor

By now, I was genuinely scared. A horse is a big heavy beast. Travelling at speed, an impact with a person is not going to be pretty. Then they veered off the path and into the grassy picnic areas. All of a sudden about a dozen of these horse and trap things were criss-crossing recklessly.

There were picnickers everywhere including children and toddlers. I felt sick to my stomach. I was just waiting for something to happen.

Thanks goodness it didn’t.

George Gets a bottle spin (or does he?)

George Gets a bottle spin (or does he?)

Good Guys to the rescue

A minute later, a very sleek looking black Range Rover started driving towards us. It went at a reasonable speed, but it still felt very much in control. I peered in as they went past. I wouldn’t like to be on the wrong side of those guys!
I’m assuming that they were part of one of the security services, don’t know which.

As we continued on our walk, I felt like the wind had been taken out of our sails a bit. It then dawned on me that these people may well have been trying to create an “accident”.
I like to think I am very vigilant and that I can hold my own in a confrontation. But when things like this happen to you, it makes you realise how fragile life is.

How easy it would have been for one of our little ones to take a wrong turn. Or stumble.
It really doesn’t bear thinking about.

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