Today was the first day of the half term holidays and the kids decided that they wanted to go to Yarrow Valley Park so we wrapped up warm, donned waterproofs and wellies, packed a picnic and off we went. We had a great time. First stop was the adventure playground, which is a great space offering some unique play equipment. Thanks to the British weather, this was enhanced by some suitably muddy puddles which all made for a great experience.
After the five kids had exhausted the adventure playground (or maybe vice versa), we sat down for our picnic lunch before embarking on the walk around the lodge. I can honestly say that the landscape was truly amazing with all the trees in their autumn glory, reflected in the water. The photos really don’t do it justice. There were ducks on the lodge as well as two swans and their cygnets. This sparked a very interesting conversation about the (large) size of the “brown swans” and the children concluded that these cygnets must be “teenagers” rather than “toddlers”! We found some great webbed footprints in a patch of mud near the water’s edge and played the usual hide and seek among the trees.
What a great start to the school holidays! All three boys fell asleep in the car on the way home. L (7y) spent a good deal of the afternoon creating a lovely picture with the use of some paper, coloured pencils and a mirror, inspired by the scenery and the reflections in the water that she had seen.