Winter is not everyone’s cup of tea, and if I didn’t live in the South I’d probably really dislike it but it’s actually my second favourite season after Autumn. When the rain and gloomy grey days of December disappear and the sun finally breaks through there’s nothing quite like going for a walk, all wrapped up in hats scarves and gloves and returning with rosy cheeks and a cold nose, all ready for a hot chocolate
One of my plans for this year was to walk the dog more and use my dSLR a bit more as it had started to gather dust through lack of use. The last couple of weeks we have started to make good progress, and the past couple of weekends we’ve been out both days come rain or shine
The photos from this trip out were from our iPhones and I know it’s still early days, but I’m feeling positive about returning to the household we used to be and enjoying the outdoors no matter what the weather
Last Sunday the blue skies finally shone through and we decided to visit our old local haunt, Southampton Common. We haven’t lived in Southampton for quite a few years now, but when we first got Lexi we lived a 5 minute walk away from it, so we decided to make a big adventure of it and visit the common on Sunday with Lexi and J
J took her new bike with her which Father Christmas kindly got her and the hubster went on his scooter which I had got him for Christmas. I really do feel like I have married a big kid at times, I even tried the scooter and nearly fell off, so I know its not for me!
It really was nice for me to walk Lexi watching the hubster and J have silly races through the common. I am glad I experienced the early baby years but actually this age is my absolute favourite, seeing childhood as I remember it through J’s eyes and being a part of it. I wish this age could last for so much longer because before I know it hormones will be kicking in and that’s a whole different level of motherhood
We had a bit of time having fun around the common and a nice stop to feed the ducks (and pigeons it seems) before heading back out again around the pathways. J’s legs started to ache and she asked to walk Lexi which was fine with us and the hubster managed to capture this photo of us as she was walking Lexi, I really like it – good job Mr Cook!
We had a lovely time and I do miss living by the Common, it’s such a nice open space with lots of flat ground perfect for learning to ride the bike, J managed to ride over 2 miles in the time we were there without even realising but I don’t think I would ever move back though. I really don’t miss living so close to the city centre, there are far too many traffic lights and congestion, and I much prefer living away from a town and closer to the countryside
We’ve had so many adventures this week and been out so much that I feel so much happier and awake in the evenings. Although I don’t like to wish the days away, I am literally counting down to the weekends and my day off to get out and about with my little family and our time outdoors