This autumn and now winter, the weather seems to be all over the place. One minute it’s mild and you don’t need a coat, the next it’s bitterly cold and there’s flooding and gales everywhere. While the north of the country and Scotland are suffering with flooding, we’ve definitely been lucky with just the gales and some rain, but nothing too damaging – just a 14 foot trampoline which has flown across the garden and got impaled on the fence.
I do like us to get out at least one day at weekends, although one of those for N is quite often being out on the farm with his dad. But if he’s doing ‘dangerous jobs’ N gets left behind so I asked him what he wanted to do.
‘Go to the park’. Brr, it was one of the coldest days of the year, but I dug out hats for us, zipped up the coats, and out we went for a walk in the park.
I decided we’d park near the playground, rather than at the free car park further away. I didn’t think we’d be able to cope with the walk in that cold and it wasn’t really safe enough to take scooters when it was wet and slippy under the leaves.
N just loves being outside. But even he realised that going on the playground equipment probably wasn’t going to be very warming. Too much metal and gloves that he never keeps on. For once the playground was empty as well.
We looked at the berries and lack of leaves on the bushes. N found a stick which was his magic wand…they’re doing magic as a topic in school, hence the wand reference obviously.
Then mooched along the canal for a bit.
We were really lucky with the sun under the bridge and shining onto the water.
N enjoyed mucking about stepping on the bricks and not the cracks. Talk about déjà vu from my youth. I bet every child does that at some point.
It didn’t take long before we were just too cold to carry on walking, so we turned back to walk back through the park again. My 80p car park fee was a little wasted after only 20 minutes.
Afterwards, I dragged N off to the nearby garden centre to check out the Christmas decorations. I’m a bit obsessed I think. There’s no room left on my tree because it’s only 6ft. I debated getting a 7 ft one in the sales although it does annoy me that so many are now pre-lit when I have gorgeous lights I want to use already. My plan is also to gradually bring in peacock blue/teal colours to add to the purple and silver, but the past few years the blue seems to have gone out of favour so I’ve been struggling to find any. Maybe next Christmas.
It was nice to get out in the open air, but so cold. A new fleece is needed I think and to locate my gloves. Rosy healthy cheeks are a great sign that we had some good fresh air, even if the walk was only short.
Do you go on many spontaneous walk?