Our Great Outdoors 2015 Bucketlist #6
Last Tuesday when I had scheduled the day to sit at the computer carrying out ‘blogmin’ the hubby decided to come home from work early. The sun was shining and the computer system at his work had gone down, so he appeared, to take us all out to enjoy the sunshine. This was a lovely surprise, especially as today, he starts a new job and this is not something he would be able to do again for a long time. Also, with his new job being further afield, we won’t be having the car in the week anymore (until we can afford a second car) and will need to rely on public transport to get us to our adventures. This may not seem like a big deal but when you’re trying to battle postnatal depression, it’s just another hurdle to get over. We will get over this hurdle, it’s just going to take more force of will from myself.
I took so many amazing photos on this lovely afternoon that I am really going to struggle choosing which ones to put on this post. I narrowed my favourites to 25 which is obviously far too many for on here, but I will try to fit as many into this post as possible. We went to a local nature reserve ‘Brockholes‘ that is only a couple of junctions down the motorway for us. When you live practically on top of a motorway junction where three different motorways meet, most places seem so easily accessible. What’s special about Brockholes despite all the great educational things they put on, and events that they host is that these are “the moors” that my Mum grew up playing on. She used to live just behind here and as children and teenagers this is where her and her siblings would spend their time.
In the Visitors Centre, there is a lot of information displayed in many different ways. This little wooden info board is ideal for a child Isis’ age to learn what they can do to help preserve wildlife and the environment. It is such a beautiful place that it is perfect for all the family. Even if you were just to walk around the reserve you could spend hours. We soaked in the tranquility by the water for a while and then had a lot of fun on the adventure park, which is fantastic for all ages. I know that our toddlers loved it and even Daddy had a great time on the zip wire.
We met up with a friend who’s little one had only turned one a couple of weeks prior and they had a lot of fun enjoying the play park too. He and Eden enjoyed going on the see-saw together which was very cute. Eden was quite restricted by her lack of footwear, but we resolved that this weekend with her first pair of outdoor shoes which we’ll be writing about on our ‘Just the 2 of Us‘ post tomorrow. I’m so glad that in future she will able to roam around exploring with her big brother.
Judah is still very much scared of most things. It’s funny how much it frustrates James as his Mum tells me that he was the same, almost scared of his own shadow. Judah will go up to most things, excited by how it looks and then back away as he’s decided that it’s dangerous. He had some fun enjoying the slide and zip wire with Daddy’s help.
We had such a lovely afternoon, Judah as usual didn’t want to come home despite an incident falling in mud earlier. After that he had wanted to go home, but once we cleaned his hands up with a baby wipe he decided that it was ok. I got so many more great photos, but I will save some for our ‘Living Arrows‘ page that we update weekly. I will leave you with a few more…