We seem to be getting to know parks near us really well. N loves them, and is putting his foot down about simply going to the park rather than to somewhere with more to see and do. For Mother’s Day, I’d suggested we go to Blenheim – no. Then somewhere in Stratford – no. But the park in Stratford upon Avon was requested instead.
With a promise of lunch out and an ice cream, N was in agreement that he would come with me to somewhere else after a playground visit.
I love visiting Stratford and in the sun it was really beautiful down by the river with the magnolia and blossom out. Even arriving just after 10, the playground wasn’t busy which was a surprise. Although as the ice cream/coffee van turned up, so did more people.
N was interested to point out that the paddling pool was undercover and being worked on, so hopefully the work will be finished ready for its usual reopening at the end of May.
There’d been some new equipment since the last time we came. The playground is great because there’s different areas for different ages, although N mostly sticks to just a few – the sandpit area, because he loves the diggers, and the pirate ship. On the diggers he was keen to see how far down he could dig, and he managed to get right to the bottom of the sand. He was so chuffed.
The older kids area is a little bit ‘old’ for him, but he gave it a go on some of the equipment.
One ice cream down, he decided it was time to have a go on the park gym equipment. I had to show him how everything worked, although he wasn’t tall enough for some of it. We both love the cross trainer, and his little legs were going wild against my longer strides opposite. He decided he wanted to stay on for 20 minutes to see if we could get my steps up on my fitbit. 6 minutes was long enough – I thought I was unfit, but he was puffing and panting, while I was feeling quite good. I guess he was ‘running’ to my walk. My knee and legs were aching a little the next day, so maybe we did more exercise than I thought!
With it nearly lunchtime I realised I didn’t have enough time left on the parking ticket to head into Stratford for lunch, so we headed off to Ann Hathaway’s cottage with the aim of having lunch and looking around there. Or maybe not because that was also pay and display parking and I’d used my change on an ice cream. Bad planning, especially as Stratford doesn’t seem to have Ringo / ring up payment for parking. So we headed back to another pay on foot car park and ate at Huffkins in town instead.
I broke my diet and had macaroni cheese with the most delicious garlic bread ever…on seeded rolls. N had a half jacket potato with beans and cheese which he then proclaimed was too small before leaving some of it because he was full! That’ll be the ice cream scoffed down an hour before.
It was lovely to be outside again, in a pretty (if busy) town, and enjoying N’s company. He said he enjoyed it too, and even stayed in for most of the afternoon once we were back home. Obviously he’d decided that Mother’s Day meant he should stay with me rather than going out on the farm.
What did you get up to for Mother’s Day?
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