After a busy week at school, Monkey was really tired last weekend and I could tell that some quiet time at home was required. We got his homework out-of-the-way and had some play time before lunch. But we needed to clear away the cobwebs and decided to go on a Saturday stroll through the estate and around the local nature reserve.
The sun was trying to shine but it was bitterly cold when the wind decided to blow. We wrapped up warm and headed out, mother and son on a mission. Fresh air was needed. Could we spot any signs of Spring?
I’m so lucky that Monkey is a good walker and always eager to explore. A big bonus for him with a Saturday stroll including the nature reserve is that we are bound to see a couple of trains passing by on the way to and from London.
We headed off and started bird spotting. I can’t imagine living anywhere without trees, and therefore a plentiful bird population. Even walking through a housing estate there are opportunities or nature hunting. We spotted sparrows, blackbirds, a robin and some blue tits on our walk. Of course Monkey does make rather a lot of noise at the best of times and could be relied upon to start dinosaur roaring when I was trying to get a shot of one of the robins – love that boy!
We are lucky to have lots of cycle paths here leading through one estate to another, so it somehow feels different from just walking along roads. You can find quiet places and just enjoy time chatting together without worrying about traffic.
A quick go on the swings and our walk continued to the nature reserve itself. It’s surrounded on 3 sides by an estate, and the Railway banking on the other.
But there’s a brook running through it with a couple of bridges along the way. The water was flowing well enough for some pooh sticks fun.
We ventured into the deep dark wood (ok a little imagination was required at that point) but we did spot some Snowdrops and miniature Daffodils in the undergrowth.
No walk is complete without a stick or two. Although Monkey was on a mission to find some Woolly Mammoth tusks – more of a tall order, but he had fun looking.
We’d got the Gruffalo Spring Activity book with us and ticked off a few Spring finds – catkins and buds on plants. Warmer days are hopefully on the horizon.
I love going for a Saturday Stroll with Monkey. He chats away, we have deep and meaningful discussions and a lot of imagination comes into his observations. I need to treasure these moments, before he turns into a teenager and his talking turns into grunting! Before he no longer wants to just spend an hour or two going for a walk in a circle.
We chatted away but you could really start to feel the temperature dropping and the wind chill hitting us full on. It was time to end our walk, time to head home. Hot chocolate, blueberry muffins and a cuddle on the sofa watching Paddington was in order after a Saturday Stroll with my lovely son.
It’s nice to enjoy some outdoors fun without having to even get in the car some times isn’t it.