Spring has definitely been in the air this week with all the lovely sunshine we’ve been having. It’s been the perfect weather for getting out and about and exploring and this week we decided to go for a walk along the canal and hopefully see a boat or two going through the lock.
There’s a large recreation ground near the section of the canal we had decided to explore – with a play area that the girls haven’t visited before. Needless to say, that was our first stop before heading down to the canal itself.
I love all the bright colours in this playground – our local one is not as colourful; nor does it have a “roundybout” (as the girls calls it) which was the biggest hit with Jessica and Sophie. I got quite out of breath running round and round to spin it for them while they kept squealing out “faster, Mummy, faster!”
The canal was very quiet as we made our way towards the bridge – there were lots of boats moored up along the side for the girls to look at, but no boats going through the lock. The girls weren’t too bothered – there was sunshine, and sticks and they were just happy to be out in the open air and exploring.
We didn’t walk too far down the canal as Jessica started to get a bit out of breath and wanted to turn back. Sophie wasn’t too impressed by this as she wanted to keep walking but having pushed Jessica a little too far on our recent day out at Langley Park, I’ve learned that I need to let Jessica dictate the pace and distance a little more.
By this point in the afternoon, it was getting quite warm and we were able to shed coats for the first time this year. We were luckier on the way back as there was a boat going up through the lock and the girls quite enjoyed standing and watching the boat go through.
Stopping to watch the boat also helped Jessica to get her breath back after the walk too and have a little more energy for running around in the nearby park. It was lovely to watch the girls chasing each other through the trees, laughing and playing hide ‘n’ seek together before stopping to sit down for a while on a big tree stump.
We finished off the walk back in the playground where we had started. It was just one of those perfect afternoons, enjoying time together in the great outdoors and having fun. No plans, no agenda, just time to stop, to play and to enjoy the spring sunshine.