I really am one for getting out and about, if I stay at home all day I get a little stir crazy. It doesn’t have to be expensive or a mammoth trip, but it’s usually accompanied by a picnic and lots of laughs, or a story to remember!
I decided that I was fed up visiting the same old places and really wanted to get out with the dog, so after a quick google I suggested visiting St Catherine’s Hill in Winchester and taking the dSLR with us
We didn’t know what to expect, aside from the fact it was a large hill just off the M3 near to the River Itchen
When we arrived we took a left turning away from the water and were met with a very steep slope (the more unfriendly side of the hill it turns out). The hubster was not amused at all to begin with but soon warmed up like the weather after he got to the top
J and I held hands and helped each other up. It was hard work especially as I was trying to take photos!
As typical as always, J refused to be pushed or carried and only wanted my hand to support. She really is one fiercely stubborn child!
Lexi and the hubster were already at the top exploring when we made it. My calves were killing me by the time we joined them. Hills and I don’t mix at the best of times (and I want to do Snowdon!)
The top was flat and covered by trees and we had a bit of fun playing hide and seek and walking and balancing on the beams before moving back into the opening where we walked round the edge stopped for a picnic admiring the scenery and took some nice family shots (this has been long overdue)
Once the family shots had been completed the hubster and I were chatting when we realised J and Lexi were very still and very quiet. It turns out my darling daughter was feeding our labrador hula hoops, and Lexi was loving every minute of it
Shortly after lunch we decided to locate the steps for the route down. We happened to bump into one of my good work friends whilst on our travels but I had to dash off as J was tackling the steps on her own (sorry JS!)
There were some very scary moments with J on the steps, but she is fiercely determined and would not let me do anything to help!
I am a very proud mum as she made the whole route down on her own, without any handrails or assistance, only a few gasps of horror from me as I thought she was going to fall!
It takes everything in me to not try and mollycoddle her and ensure she does not inherit my fears or worries, I know kids have to learn but it’s that maternal instinct which never seems to go away does it? You just want to stop anything bad from happening, even a small scrape
We walked back by the river and my waterpup Lexi went in and got stuck coming out, the daft dog! As the hubster and I retrieved her she shook and blooming soaked us! J thought it was hilarious and giggled for ages
it turns out we walked just over 2 miles so a nice outing and J could have carried on!
Once we got home I decided to tackle our hideous front lawn and even mowed the neighbours (!) whilst the hubster and J baked a cake. We didn’t realise how early in the day it was and I didn’t want to waste the sunny day so I suggested a bike ride to the park
I’m not one for riding and am rather scared of riding on the road (I really should work on this) so we followed one of the cycle routes by ours to and from one of the parks. In total 3 miles cycled!
Chatting to our neighbours afterwards they said we were far too lively and it was all too energetic for a Sunday. We loved getting out and about and not watching TV and the weather is so nice you just can’t stay indoors can you?