With the weather becoming colder and greyer, we’ve not been out and about so much – other than travelling to various groups and classes, or going shopping. One of the things I love about trying to join in with Country Kids most weeks is that it really does encourage me to make sure I do arrange some outdoor activities with the girls – I know I like to semi-hibernate this time of year but given the girls have wellies, warm clothes and all-in-one waterproofs, there really is very little excuse not to get out and about still.
Today was cold but dry and seemed a good opportunity to head out to Black Park for a walk around the pond. Black Park is quite a popular place for filming and it seemed today was one of the days when it was taking place as there were lots of trailers and a catering truck in the car park. The filming must have been going on in a different area to where our walk took us though as we didn’t see any sign of it other than the car park trailers.
There were hardly any other walkers about but we did pass another family with two small girls on our way in. I love the way small children greet each other so enthusiastically and Jessica made me chuckle with the way she greeted the other two girls with “Hello girlies!”
We started our walk by the duck pond. Mummy had forgotten to bring some food for the ducks but Jessica was quite happy just to stand and watch them for a while. There were several Mandarin ducks on the pond which I’d not seen before – very pretty ducks. As the sky was looking quite ominous, we headed around the pond and made a beeline for the café for some lunch – although thankfully the rain stayed away.
No trip to Black Park would be complete without a visit to the playground and we made our way there after we had had our lunch. We hadn’t been here since before Sophie started walking so this was the first time that she was able to wander about and explore. She was a bit tired so mostly was quite happy to sit and play whilst Jessica ran about, loving the fact that she had the entire playground to herself!
On the way back, Sophie was content to just sit in the buggy and watch the world go by whilst Jessica enjoyed finding holly and collecting leaves. As for me, I felt so much better for having made the effort to get out in the fresh air for a lovely walk and time with the girls – must remember that more often when tempted to give in to the urge to hibernate!