It’s felt like April’s whizzed by, but on the other hand the weather’s been all over the place so it’s hard to believe we’re nearly in May. Every weekend N asks to go on a bike ride or to go to the park so last weekend I agreed that we’d load the bike in the car and go to the park in town.
Usually we’re at the park early mornings when it’s empty, but this time we were there after lunch so it was a little busier with children on bikes and scooters. The park’s split off for cyclists and walkers and it’s mostly flat, so it’s great for children learning to ride bikes.
N was off straight away, while I’d decided not to take my scooter so I could take plenty of photos. The sky was pale grey, and looking like it was going to rain at any moment, so my photos haven’t been as pretty as having a blue sky, but it’s interesting to see how the blossom fares and how the look of the park changes in the gloomier weather.
If I’d been on my scooter I’d not have been the only parent, as a dad went past on one while his boy was cycling (on a very noisy bike with stabilisers) and he commented that I should get a scooter to keep up. I explained I did have one but was walking to get my fitbit steps up and to be able to take photos easier. Usually I scoot with my camera round my neck and bag over my shoulder so it’s not really the safest way!
For the first time N managed to cycle up every steep slope on the path, usually he has to walk up them because his legs aren’t strong enough. Since the start of the year, the extra 5cm he’s grown, the occasional cycling, and probably the sport he’s done at school, have really helped make his legs stronger. It’s also been noticeable at swimming.
We did go a bit off piste around the various fields rather than our short cut route, then turned back before the heavens opened.
Detouring on the way back meant we spotted a few bluebells. Not enough to see a sea of blue but just a few tiny patches for photographing the delicate flowers. Last year we travelled to Badbury Clump to see a mass of them, but this year I wanted to find some closer. I think we’ll still need to travel around 40 minutes though.
Have you been out and about on a spring walk? Do you have bluebell woods near you?