Most people who know me know that I suffer with ‘cabin fever’. Give me long periods of time spent indoors and it feels me with dread, so when sickness hit the house this week I knew it would be a long ride. Fast forward improved health and stomachs and I was climbing the walls by the time the latter part of the weekend arrived
Sunday hit and I had decided that no matter what the weather we WERE going out. Looking at my timehop photo I was reminded that this date last year I was at the New Forest in one of our favourite spots, Shatterford. That was it, I decided promptly at 615am that we were going there to stretch our legs and walk the dog
The hubster wasn’t particularly impressed with me when I told him our plan, but like always, he goes along with it as he knows sometimes I just have to get out. He was even more grumpy when I refused indoor soft play in place of the walk, especially when it started raining on our way there
Undeterred I suggested we just walk to the forest bit and play in the trees, and thankfully everyone had their waterproof coats with them as it really started to rain (god knows what would have happened had there been no coats!). Shatterford holds many special memories for us and every time we drive down Beaulieu road and I see the tree line it brings a smile to my face and a sense of nostalgia
We first took Lexi there when she was a puppy, and when we initially went for the first walk the hubster refused to walk more than half a mile. Throughout the following months we realised it was a nice circular route of approx. 3 miles and as we became more comfortable at walking we could whip round with Lexi at an amazing pace after work and then stop off at the pub for a drink afterwards – always good!
Fast forward 6 years and we aren’t as quick as we used to be, but we’ve done the ciruclar route a couple of times with J and I still enjoy the woodland adventures we have when we are there. J’s imagination is really stepping up a notch and in the morning she drove me to Peppa Pig World and took me on all the rides, all from the comfort of the sofa so it was only fitting that we encouraged the imagination whilst out on our walk. It’s not something that comes naturally for us but we’re really trying hard
On the way back to the car the weather started to clear up and I grinned to the hubster who had cheered up a bit, but still reminded me I’m a bloody nightmare for trekking him into the New Forest on a rainy Sunday because of my hatred of staying indoors… I loved it!
Linking up with:
Katie for the Ordinary Moments at mummydaddyme
Fiona at Coombe Mill for Country Kids
And for the first time… Whatever the Weather – this seems quite apt because of the rain!