It was wonderful but we did miss the kids a lot and so when we got back we were really grateful for the extra day we had booked off work so that we could spend the day with them. They had been well looked after by their Grandparents for the weekend but I know that they were so happy to see us. So happy in fact that Isla was awake at 5.30am the first morning back - I'm not going to deny that I did wish I was back in France getting a lie in at that time!
The weather must have known we had the day off as it decided to play ball and the temperatures hit around 20 degrees. It was blue skies all day long and I decided that we would check out some local woods that we have never visited even though they are on our doorstep. I got the heads up for the Visitwoods site when I was sent a Poppy Cat Mystery Trail Pack. Visitwoods is partnering with Poppy Cat this month to launch an outdoor campaign to get families out this Spring in the woods and connecting with nature.
As a gift from France we bought the kids a kite. So we packed up some stuff and headed to Kenley Common. It was lovely. We had a steep climb up the steps to the common. First of all Isla did some bark rubbing, she really got into that.
Then she was desperate to balance on some tree trunks that had recently been felled.
We also saw a few gliders, some of which felt like they were swooping quite low.
Then we got the kite out and this caused much excitement. Isla and Noah were running around like mad things. Mainly trying to get the OH to hand over the controls - he was determined to keep it up in the air and didn't want to hand them over that easily! It was great fun and I'm ashamed to say the first time I have ever properly tried flying a kite.
Next we headed off into the woods and played hide and seek - a game that Isla and Noah both love. We also spotted the tracks of horses - big horseshoe prints in the ground, and the tell tale signs of horse manure...The woods were lovely, loads of yellow butterflies flitting about. Some really great hiding places with logs covered in moss - as thick as a carpet.
We came across another grassy field where there were some more felled trees, we picked the leaves off them and used them to practise counting. Isla said she wanted to make a skirt like Tinkerbell's with them. We spotted a tractor and a big truck carrying more logs, but Noah didn't like those, because he said they were too noisy! So once we'd had a snack and drink it was time to go home and have some fun in the garden. We'll definitely be back to explore Kenley Common again as there is still so much more to check out, with grazing cattle and the aerodrome close by too.
All in all we had such a good day and I'm really enjoying the age that my two are now. They are starting to have lots of fun together (arguments too) especially more so when we're out of the house.