There are times when you just need to get out of the house and spend some time chasing away the cobwebs. We’re lucky that we have a few places fairly close to home that we visit regularly, that offer just that opportunity. A chance to run around in a familiar setting. Places we can just let off steam for an hour or two, breathe in the fresh air and relax.
For us, chasing away the cobwebs on our doorstep normally means a trip to Stoke Wood, Waddesdon Manor or Stowe Landscape Gardens. A trip to any of these destinations will normally involve stick collecting, puddle jumping (if the weather permits) and running through the trees.
When we visited Stoke Wood recently, Monkey set the route as soon as we’d got out of the car and headed off on a mission. This way Daddy! It’s somewhere Monkey and I normally explore when Daddy P’s not around, so Monkey wanted to show him his favourite tracks.
He soon decided to collect some leaves as we walked along. I always forget to take our leaf identification booklet out with us. When we’d visited Westonbirt some time back, we’d seen people collecting leaves on sticks, and the idea obviously stuck with Monkey.
A trip to Stowe is always a winner for us, it’s somewhere we never tire of and as there are a number of different walks, we can make our trip as long or as short as we want. Monkey and I spent an hour there on a recent trip, just chasing away the cobwebs, looking for mushrooms and picking up sticks.
On this particular trip Monkey decided he wanted to walk up to the arch that we see as we drive into the grounds. It was a first for him and he was fascinated.
He was amazed at how tall it is up close and then went to stand and admire the view over to Stowe House.
But it wasn’t long until he was off again, in hunt of sticks and running down the lath to ring the bell.
We spotted some mushrooms on our walk, Monkey knows not to touch them, but it didn’t stop him getting up close to get a better look.
I’ve written before about Stowe being Monkey’s happy place. It’s somewhere he just feels so at home, he’s happy to run ahead, stick in hand, then sit and wait for me to catch up, before running on ahead again.
No matter how many times we visit, the views never fail to impress.
Monkey’s always happy to see the sheep, and often stops to have a little chat to them as we pass.
His favourite bridge always has to be raced towards, just to make sure he can cross without company.
The swans are always a draw, there are so many of them at Stowe at the moment, we stood for ages and just admired them.
Chasing away the cobwebs at Stowe, stick in hand, is always a winner.
On a frosty morning we decided to head over to Waddesdon Manor, again, somewhere we know so well, somewhere just to spend an hour in the fresh air.
There was frost still laying on the stone walls and Monkey could not be convinced that he couldn’t make a snowman. He certainly tried very hard to prove me wrong.
Once he’d finished playing in the ‘snow’ he headed off to find some puddles.
But it’s never long until he’s found another stick and heading off on another adventure.
Running ahead in the morning sunshine.
Chasing away the cobwebs, getting outside, even if only for an hour, makes so much difference, especially at this time of year. Where do you head off to when you just need a short blast of fresh air?