Friday, 24 October 2014

Congleton Park in the Autumn

On Wednesday, S was bouncing off the walls, so I decided we needed to get out the house, especially as it was dry. The park with a bike was the goal.
 
Im hoping that one day we will be an active family on bike rides etc, but as the girls still are unable to ride a bike, that is our first obstacle. I got out the bikes that used to be J's and resized them all for S. The pedal bike seemed to hard to grasp for her, so I decided to try the balance bike. Hooray she is now tall enough to use it on the lowest setting, and managed a few scuttles across the driveway, however, she was reluctant to take it to the park, but at least she has now been on it! Yeay... one step closer.

Once we arrived at the park, and had a battle of wills over the bike, I eventually gave up, and took it back to the car, and decided to just enjoy the park through S's eyes. She made a beeline for the water fountain, and had great delight in discovering about the helicopter seeds that can be thrown up, and they spiral down, after discovering some hidden inside the fountain.

Then it was on to chase squirrels, through the landscaped gardens....


...before doing the obligatory sit and pose on the statue steps.... (this has been done every time we have been here so far!)

We finally made it to the play park....

 
They have put some new little areas in since we last came, including a little bridge for the young ones to climb on and over, S kept saying bridge with a proper purr on the Brrrr... so I had to capture it for years to come... so cute...
 

S freaked out on the swing as it went slightly too high for her, so the swings were short lived, until she saw the larger one which I could go on with too, and finally she was giggling again.


It then started to drizzle, and as S has a thing against hoods at the moment, we decided to head for cover under the trees rather then continuing the fun of the park.  We came across some huge leaves, and began to collect some for painting later... im thinking flowers... peacocks...tree's and sunshine's....

 
And as the floor is like a carpet with the leaves after the really strong wins the day before, it was hard not to get a posed photo... well as posed as you can with a 2.5 year old who has spotted some more squirrels chasing each other....

 
On returning home, we laid the leaves out to dry out from the rain, and the cats where straight there sniffing at them before we could even take our coats off....


Unfortunately the leaves didn't last long enough to paint as S decided to carry them all over the house letting the cats chase her, so some got crumpled, some went too dry and crisp, and then there wasn't enough to paint... oh well... means we have to go back again.
 
 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

14 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day, you must have had so much fun!

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    1. it was a lovey day, thank you. Simple things hey?

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  2. The SIZE of that leaf! Ahh this is a lovely post, I do miss being excited by parks :-)

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    1. Thank you..... they were giant leaves.... im sure they only came down due to the storm... it was a lovely day. :-)

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  3. Sounds great - how big are those leaves! x

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  4. That looks like a lovely park, and my kids adore bringing leaves and nature home with them on autumnal outings, too. Love the cats having a good sniff there!

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  5. Autumn leaves! One of the reasons why I love autumn ;) Love that photo of her holding the leaf up! #countrykids.

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  6. I love this post, so much fun in the autumn leaves. The balance bike looks lovely and I'm sure it will come into it's own but who can blame a girl rushing over to investigate the fountain and play in the leaves. I can feel a return visit for the crafting you planned! thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids

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  7. Aw gorgeous photos and S looks like she is having a wonderful time out. Love the photos of her on the balance bike, with you on the swing and in amongst all those gorgeous leaves. That purr on the Brrr of bridge is just gorgeous :-)

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  8. Lovely photos, I like your cat! That leaf was huge! #CountryKids

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  9. What a beautiful outing! I have NEVER seen a leaf that big before! What kind of tree does it come from?

    Thanks for sharing and linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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  10. Cool leaves, Stacey! Your blog with all the pictures is really cute (as are your kids).

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  11. What a pretty place for a walk. It looks like you had a lot of fun.

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  12. Looks really pretty! Love the big leaves :)

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