To keep up with my plan to get out and about a bit more this week we ventured to St Catherine’s Hill near Winchester. J was finally feeling a bit better (although still has a rattly cough) and as both her and Lexi were starting to tear up the house we decided we just had to get out and burn off their energy
We first visited St. Catherine’s Hill last May and looking back through the photos I can tell that J really has transformed from toddler into preschooler. This time round it was far too windy and cold to be having a picnic but we played about on the hill and took in the sights of Winchester. Of course none of our outings are without some form of crazed adventure and once again the hubster and J insisted on climbing up the steep side before heading down the steps on the other side
Although it wasn’t the longest of walks it is a pretty big hill and can be seen for quite a distance from Winchester and the M3. I managed to spot Winchester Cathedral and follow the River Itchen with my eyes in amongst watching J and Lexi run around
It was so nice to be able to give them the freedom they both needed, although cattle were grazing on the hill and we had to act with an air of caution for both dog and child
It has been a rough couple of weeks weather wise, and thankfully we managed to catch the sun on this visit, enabling me to have a bit of a play with the camera and try out a few different shots. I’m really enjoying taking the ‘big’ camera out at the moment and am in the process of trying to convince the hubster to allow me to upgrade my dSLR to a newer version as its 8 years old!
On this visit J took great joy in climbing up the smaller hills on the ridge of the big hill and I managed to capture a couple of shots that I want to get framed. The photo of her sat on the hill pointing and saying “I’m the king of the castle, you’re the dirty rascal” just shows how fearless and how playful she is, and how small she is in comparison to this great piece of nature, does anyone else find the same?
As soon as I took the photo of her running along the top of the hill I instantly knew it would be one of my favourites because of the mix of colours from the sky to her clothes. You can also see the determination on her face which shows she is on a mission to run around and enjoy the freedom
There’s something I’m quite proud of in these photos and that’s J’s scarf. I have got back into knitting (I say that, all I can knit at the present and for the last 15 months is scarves) and J’s favourite colour is yellow, so I decided to make her one. It was one of the best presents I’ve made her and she insists on wearing it when we go out
I just love turning a piece of string into something useful, and I’m sure one day I will progress to jumpers and wooly hats, but for now a simple yellow scarf makes me smile
Right at the end of the walk the dog decided to run in the muddiest part at the bottom of the hill, a cross between cowpat, mud and water and she was pretty disgusting. She did help us out by jumping in the river, but the hubster had to drag her out as she misjudged the climb out and her harness desperately needs a wash
I really am enjoying our family walks and adventures at the moment, and pretty much all of my photos since Christmas are outdoorsy and full of great memories