One of Jessica’s birthday presents last year was a bike. At the time it was really too big for her and so she hasn’t had much of a chance to ride it but with the lovely sunny weather last weekend, it seemed a good time to head over to Ruislip Lido for a walk and an opportunity for Jessica to finally ride her bike.
We took a quick detour to buy her a helmet first and then it was off to the Lido with a very excited little girl looking forward to riding her bike. It was quite a surprise that not only was the bike no longer too big for her, but that the saddle may now actually be too low! A reminder that these little ones grow far too quickly sometimes.
Although Jessica enjoyed being on her bike and knew where to put her feet, she couldn’t quite grasp the concept of pedalling and so ended up being pushed along instead. Sophie was quite happy sitting in her little trike and watching the world go by.
Once we got to the playground, the girls enjoyed a chance to wander about, be pushed by Daddy in the swings, sit on the rocket and have a spin on the roundabout. Jessica also enjoyed the helter-skelter style slide which was quite high and I did get quite nervous seeing Jessica make her way to the top but she was having a wonderful time with the bigger children who were also sliding on it. They were all very good too about being patient with her taking a bit longer to climb the steps and made sure they waited for her to be off the slide too before they slid down.
We decided to continue with the longer walk around the lake rather than retrace our steps back to the car and whilst Jessica and Sophie started off on their bikes, Jessica soon decided she wanted to walk instead and so we ended up carrying her bike. After a while, she then decided she wanted to try out Sophie’s trike and so had a ride in this for a bit as Sophie was quite happy to sit on Daddy’s shoulders.
It was a lovely afternoon enjoying the fresh air and although we didn’t encounter a lion on this trip to the Lido, we all enjoyed ourselves very much.