A Moment’s Peace

Last weekend saw us taking the children shopping. They are usually pretty good round the shops, but understandably, do get a bit bored. We went to a retail park that we’d never be to before, and got a little lost trying to find it, queued to get into the car park (and witnessed some serious parking rage while we waited) and then, as the sales were on, the shops were packed and hectic. We did manage to get some bargains, so it was a successful trip, but we left feeling harassed and irritable.

On the way home, we spotted a sign for an RSPB nature reserve. We decided to explore.


Oh, the peace and quiet! There were very few people there, as we only encountered the occasional dog-walker or cyclist. Boo was running about, chattering about the nature all around her. We carried Little Man and he appreciated being free of his pushchair.

I’ll let the photos speak for themselves, and when you’re looking, imagine them being accompanied by nothing but birdsong.






We were probably only there for half an hour, but I felt so restful and restored when we got back into the car, and Boo had loved every minute of it. It was a brief, magical sojourn, and I’m so pleased that we decided to take that detour.

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48 thoughts on “A Moment’s Peace”

  1. I’m putting this down on my list of places to visit. How have we not been there before?! I very rarely take the children on shopping expeditions unless it’s to The Fort. As we’ve already talked about-it’s the only place vaguely reasonable to go shopping with children!

    1. You are so right, but we needed to go and I had the husband with me, which I thought would make it easier! The reserve is so restful – do go!

  2. That looks beautiful! I actually find that the optimum amount of time spent on outings with children is half an hour. I can leave feeling like it’s been a success then. Any longer and someone will fall into a ditch, get attacked by a bird or find something disgusting and insist on taking it home as a treasure.

    1. Thank you. We’re getting our and about a lot more now & discovering all if these wonderful places in amongst towns and noise. Bliss!

  3. Perfect antidote to shopping 🙂 Lovely photos. I like finding places like this with Stella, our geocaching hobby has been great for these sorts of discoveries 🙂

    1. It was lovely. I’ve heard a lot about geocaching and I’m looking forward to trying it out when Little Man’s a bit older. Looks fun!

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