In the last week, we’ve been to a new soft play centre (very popular with both the children and me!), our usual dance class, and Boo’s had her two days at preschool. I didn’t think we could fit a bit of fresh air and the great outdoors into the week, especially as the weather has been miserable, but fate was on our side. Thursday afternoon was put aside for a necessary trip to the Asda sales to grab a few bargain outfits for Boo to wear for preschool, but as luck would have it, my fabulous sister-in-law was visiting us that morning and very kindly popped into Asda on her way over and picked up a few outfits for us – result! It freed up our afternoon, though to be honest, I had no plans to venture out. It rained all morning and then Little Man had a nice long nap. When he woke, the rain abated, I had an hour or so before I needed to start dinner, so I was all fabulous and spontaneous and asked Boo if she fancied going to feed the ducks and have a ‘nature stroll’. Of course, she jumped at the chance!
Coated and booted, we jumped into the car for a five minute journey to our local park, Sutton Park. Now, we are very lucky to have this on our doorstep. As good old Wiki tells us, it’s the largest urban park in Europe, at 2,400 acres. That’s a fair old nature stroll! I’ve been visiting this park since I was born, as I’ve always lived within walking distance of it, and I guess I do take it for granted. Seeing it through my children’s eyes changes that.
We fed the ducks, stamped through mud, discussed the different trees & shrubs around us and collected their leaves to identify when we got home, pointed out different birds that we spotted, saw a scurrying squirrel, Boo waded through a stream and we popped in to the visitor centre to check out their exhibits and pick up a free children’s wildlife magazine.
Oh, and Boo does enjoy hiding behind trees and playing peepo…
And Little Man enjoys seeing her do that..
We were only there for an hour, but what a wonderful hour it was. And I loved how impromptu it was. I’m pretty certain that before my resolve to get outdoors more with the kids (thanks again #CountryKids), we’d have spent that hour at home. Nothing wrong with that, of course, though I would point out that I have a one-year-old who has just hit that exploratory stage, adoration of all things gadget-related and will not stay put for two seconds, so you see why getting out can be preferable?! But fresh air, jumping through puddles and chats about nature were just what we needed. And I’m sure you can see from the photos that we all enjoyed ourselves.
What’s your local park like? Has the change in the weather put you off getting out?