An almost forgotten memory

Sunday, October 13, 2013

I was going through my phone earlier today looking at photographs taken during this summer. I realised that we had spent a lot more time outdoors than I thought we had. One thing we enjoyed more than anything this summer was exploring. Last year our idea of outdoor fun was going to the park and playing in the play area or feeding the ducks before going back home. As Gracie is a bit older this year we have tried to make going out more like an adventure for her and have been trying to show her all the things that I enjoyed doing as a child.

We are lucky enough to have a fair few local parks with much more than a simple play area but large open spaces, wildlife reserves and lots of history. One of our favourites is Coombe Abbey country park. This is probably the closest to us and it is one I have visited regularly for as long as I remember. It is a pretty big park and takes a good hour or two to walk all the way around it. We usually take shortcuts to get to the bits we want to get to but the last time we went we decided to walk all the way around the long way. I had forgotten how beautiful the views were walking along the lake and had great fun pointing out all the ducks and swans with Gracie. We walked through the trees, walked along fallen logs and even taught her how to climb a tree which is something I grew up doing! We came across a wood cabin known as the Bird Hide which is used to watch birds all year round and to view Warwickshire's largest Heronry. This is where we spent most of our time. Gracie was amazed watching out of the window holes and showing me what she could find. It was lovely watching her enjoy it so much and we got some great photos. I didn't realise how good some of them looked until I got home and looked through them.


We spent a good three hours just walking along enjoying the views, spending time as a family and it has to be one of my favourite memories of the summer and I had almost forgotten about it so felt like I just had to share it.

What is your favourite memory from this year so far?

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  1. Looks like a lovely place to visit! My best memory so far this year has to be taking the boys to Legoland for our 5 yr old's birthday! There are lots more memories of other great days out too! Just like yours here. x

  2. It is lovely and as it is so close we have lots of great memories from there. We'd love to go to Legoland one day with the kids, it's top of our must visit list!