One of the things I love most about blogging is the friends that I have made because of it. It’s even nicer when those friends live within a reasonable distance and we have the opportunity to meet up outside of blog events. During the October half-term break, I met up with the lovely Mel from Le Coin de Mel and we got to meet each other’s children for the first time too.
We arranged to meet up at Rickmansworth Aquadrome, a local nature reserve, which has two lakes (created from extracting gravel which was then used to build the original Wembley stadium) and is a lovely spot for a walk. The café also serves very delicious meals and was the perfect place to meet and have brunch together before heading outside. By the time we had finished brunch, Mel’s four children (known as Crevette, Beanie, Jumpy and Wriggly on her blog) and my two had overcome their initial shyness and were happily getting to know each other and looking at books together.
Jessica was quite taken with Crevette and as we headed outside for a walk, she reached for his hand and they headed off hand-in-hand together. Mel and I enjoyed chatting as the children ran ahead of us – our view for much of the walk was the backs of six children happily exploring together and enjoying being out and about.
We made our way towards one of the lakes where we stopped for a while to watch the geese before the children were keen to move on again.
Jessica got a little tired after a while and wanted to ride in Mel’s buggy. Crevette was quite happy to push her along in it!
Once we were back by the lake again though, the lure of the water’s edge helped to overcome Jessica’s tiredness. She had a wonderful time “fishing” with a big stick she’d picked up and then she and Sophie decided to paddle in the shallow water at the edge of the lake. Thank goodness for wellies and puddlesuits!
After our walk around the aquadrome, Mel recommended a trip to Sweet as a Button, a wonderful little sweetshop in nearby King’s Langley. The girls were in seventh heaven as I handed them a little bucket each and let them fill it from the tubs of pick ‘n’ mix. I couldn’t resist filling another bucket for myself! I’ve made a mental note to come back sometime with hubby, who has a very sweet tooth and would love it as much as the girls!
A delicious brunch, a lovely walk in the fresh air, a trip to a sweetshop and getting to catch up with one of my blogging friends while the girls enjoyed making some new friends – what a wonderful way to spend a day!