Today was like the first day of summer in our neck of the woods. It was absolutely beautiful, blue skies with a bit of hazy white cloud, a bit of a breeze but nothing to take the edge of the warmth too much. So we went off to the park with our best friends and their kids who are all 4 and under. We love Priory Park, it has THE best playground with safe surfaces to run around on, a big pirate ship, aerial slide and sandpits galore (the only draw back is that most parents in the surrounding 20 towns probably agree with that label too, so it does get busy). It has fantastic wide open spaces, a great cafe, a lake with ducks, geese and swans. Today there was also a bouncy castle and a massive inflatable slide set up - yes this did cost and there was no way of saying no - but the fun they had was priceless to watch.
We took a picnic so that we didn't end up spending a fortune on food, but as usual all the playing and running around took the attention away from the food and the picnic was eaten on the way home in the car. Of course as it was the hottest day of the year so far there had to be ice cream involved, I indulged in the most delicious Magnum too.
The kids had races, played football, played hide and seek - this was particularly funny as there weren't any really good trees to hide behind in the area we were in, so hiding was impossible.
We fed the ducks although they looked like they had been fed by about 150 people before us, so they weren't particularly interested in our stale wholemeal rolls. We checked out what wildlife we could spot:
They picked daisies and gave them to us which was sweet
Getting them to sit still for a photo altogether is 'interesting', here are my attempts.
You know that a trip outdoors to the park has been a success if you have two sleepers in the back seat of the car on the way home with mud all over their knees! Now time for my nap I reckon. I'm dreaming obviously......