As much as I love to run around doing several things at once and go a million miles an hour sometimes I have to take a step back and take it easy because of my health and this bank holiday weekend was one of them. I decided on Monday that if I couldn’t go to the gym or out on the bike then I wanted to go to one of Hampshire’s country parks and have some quality outdoor time with my two favourite people
Of course, with any outdoors adventure that involves us there’s a picnic, so J and I prepped this before leaving the house and we made a quick stop to a 99p store (we are so rock and roll) for some essentials to keep J (and us!) entertained before heading to the country park
We spent an hour or so eating our pasta salad and playing football, bubbles and with the catch pads, before the hubster and J decided to head to the adventure playground nearby. J really is growing up fast and can manage the zip wire all on her own now (it honestly still scares me every time!)
Whilst J and the hubster were off playing I realised I was getting some sympathetic looks and smiles from randoms as they were walking past. I realised then that I was sat at the entrance to J’s tent on my own like a little gnome, at least it made them happy and kept me warm!
Following this we decided to go on an “adventure walk” to and from the visitor centre by crossing the wooden bridge. They have various children play equipment all shaped like animals and insects and encourages some funny photos and some climbing skills which I don’t possess. Before we went in J asked if there were any bears on the adventure walk and we had to reassure her a couple of times there were none – I honestly have no idea where the bear talk came from!
After playing on a few pieces of kit we made it to the visitor centre and played in the smaller children’s play area for a bit before walking towards the River Itchen. As soon as I saw the river below us one thing came to mind, racing sticks! The hubster managed to locate a couple of sticks and we taught J how to drop them and run to the other side to see who won, it took me right back to my childhood when we used to spend hours at a local river paddling and racing sticks
Our adventure continued back to the car with a grasshopper tunnel, a squirrel pole and even a bird slide before picking up a few items of “treasure” before crossing the big bad daddy on the bridge to get to the car
I love family days outside and it’s even better when you have a bonus bank holiday day to enjoy together, even if the weather isn’t great (it is a bank holiday after all…)