On a Wednesday I like to make the most of the day with J and on this occasion it was business as usual. We originally thought about going to the beach although the weather forecast was not looking promising so we decided to visit a country park instead
Staunton Country Park has a farm attached to it at an additional cost which J really loves. On this occasion I had decided not to go there and instead do one of the nature walks, as I knew there would be interactive sessions for J and some exercise for me!
We started on foot and must have walked for 10 minutes at a toddler pace when J asked to be carried. It was pretty unusual as she’s non stop and is affectionately nicknamed “a mile a minute” by my mum, but she had a busy week and it was a fair walk ahead of us
I decided that I really didn’t want to carry her around the whole route and instead we nipped back to the car for the pushchair. She stayed in it for a large part of the route, getting out to look at the interactive elements on our ‘adventure walk’ as I called it
First stop was a rather tall tree. J promptly said “mummy take photo of me at enourmous tree” and quickly ran over to it. I was in shock for a couple of reasons, the word enormous was used in the right context and J actually asked for a photo to be taken. She then ran back to me at a speed and asked to see the picture. Looks like I have a mini photographer or model in the making!
After a quick play in one of the parks we walked for a bit and saw some sheep in the field by one of the scuptures and stopped to say hello but as expected, they weren’t interested in us and ran off. It looks like I took a wonky photo but it’s actually the building which is wonky…honest!
I knew the route roughly as I had taken a photo of the board map (does anyone else do that?) but it didn’t detail what sculptures and what interactive sections there would be, so as soon as I saw the climbing wall my heart slightly sank
At 158cm (5ft 2) I am pretty short, and J is just shy of 1m in height (3ft 3) so is quite tall and inevitably she wanted to have a climb whilst I panicked inside wondering how on earth I would help her up (and down!) I just about managed to get her to the top of one side and she kept asking to go again, I just couldn’t as I was still recovering from the panic I’d got myself in, so made and excuse and swiftly moved on
We found “the giants chair” and “the giants telephone” which followed on nicely from the other week at Furzey Gardens. J and I sat for a bit and snuggled before trekking off again and finding a very nice blackberry bush. I tried my best to find a decent blackberry and as soon as I did she wolfed it down. We might have to go for a little wander for some and make some blackberry and apple crumble soon!
We continued walking and found a few more items to complete our adventure walk before coming to the lake. It really is the focal point of Staunton Country Park and we sat for little bit watching to see if we could find frogs. We didn’t on this occasion but it was nice to rest
J found this old tree stump and quickly ran up to it and sat on it. In the photo she’s actually singing to me “I’m the queen of the castle, you’re the dirty rascal”
We decided to settle for a picnic as the walk had finished and J ran off up the hill and climbed some more tree stumps. As soon as we sat down to eat the wasps decided to join us again and despite every effort to pack foods that would deter them they kept coming to “say hello”
Thankfully (ish) not even a full sandwich in to our picnic it started to rain heavily so thankfully we were close to the car so we quickly packed up and had a “car picnic”. J absolutely loves car picnics, it really is one of her favourite things. I sit in the back with her and we play Disney music and have a really nice time talking about where we’ve just been. Here’s to another wonderful Wednesday adventure with my girly
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