We spend a lot of time going out and about. Well, just outside in general although I do admit that much of the time at home it’s N going out on the farm with his dad rather than me going out with him. We do spend a bit of time in the garden too. I also take N to lots of interesting places on day trips or longer visits.
But sometimes simpler works just as well as a day out. With N often better, because I don’t get the moans about him wanting to go on the farm. Maybe he’s just a bit of a home body.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve had some spontaneous trips out. Less like trips, more like wanders.
The first was after we’d been to watch Motionhouse Captive performance at our local arts centre. The centre is alongside the canal so N decided we should go and look for narrow boats and walk to the park. He was probably trying to avoid going home to bed.
Being evening there weren’t many canal boats along the walk, but N was happy enough just looking at the water and bridges.
We watched someone fishing in the canal from his boat. Of course, N didn’t keep his voice down when he wanted to know why he was fishing from the boat and commenting how horrible fish from the canal might taste. Luckily the man had someone else talking to him so hopefully he didn’t hear!
We were in a hurry so there was no time to go and play in the park but N insisted on running twice round the scooter/bike track, followed by a quick look to see if the blackberries alongside the canal had ripened.
It was a lovely walk and nice to be out in the evening rather than middle of the day.
As well as a canal walk, we’ve also been on a spontaneous cycle ride. I’d spotted a combine harvester in the field opposite my sister in law’s house on my way home from work. So I suggested we cycle down to watch it for a while.
It was a little warm to be out cycling even in the evening (I don’t know how people do it in hot countries) and probably wasn’t the best idea with a dodgy knee. But we had a lovely cycle down to the field.
Typically when we got there, the combine was way over the other side of the field and didn’t look like it was coming towards the road any time soon. So it was a fleeting stop there, a quick drop in to say hi to my sister in law and N’s cousins, before riding home again.
N loves going out on his bike, but to go on a proper bike ride for a specific purpose is what he really enjoys. Plus of course, making last minute decisions on something to do is a nice surprise.
Do you do much spontaneous activities? What things do you enjoy as a family?