After J was becoming more obsessed over the Wii U last week, and lots of tantrums when we said no, we allowed her to have an hour on it with Daddy after a party and her swimming lessons, under the pre-tense we WILL be going for a family walk in the afternoon. When it was time to go, I asked her if she wanted to go on her bike, shes not ridden it since Autumn, and even then, it was hardly used. I blame myself as I cant cope on a day out with J, who is not confident nor fast on her bike, but is slowly gaining it. (We have raised her stabilisers a bit, so she still has to try and balance it a bit!) and S who doesn't stop running when you tell her too. I physically can not go into two, so the bike only comes out when we are out as a family, which hasn't been much recently for bike friendly walks.
We decided to go to Dunham Massey, to make the most of our national trust membership. The wind was horrendous, but we wrapped up warm, and J was eager to jump on the bike.
To get to the main walking area, we had to go past the duck pond, the girls were upset I didn't bring any bread, so next time, I must remember the bread!
The dark clouds were heading our way, but after driving the 40 minutes, we decided to risk it.
S was soon running off in front, and Daddy helped reassure the nervous J.
The scenery is lovely, no cars around, and so it was safe just to let S run free an burn off her excess energy.
She didn't like having to stop when the hail started, and we decided to start heading back to the car... no one likes hail stone with bitter cold wind...
J was happy to be outside and on her bike, with no arguments from her, which is a relief!
On the way back, with the wind in her face, she wanted to walk the bike back, which she did for a little bit, she then realised it was easier just riding it.
She then managed to fall of her bike, when it was stationary... and with stabilisers... how she managed that, im clueless, and I was there... she then refused to get back on it...
After I mentioned to Daddy that she had to get back on it before the car, otherwise she will be hesitant to get back on it again another day, we agreed for her to ride it back through the car park. Into the sunset...
I was then pleasantly surprised, when on Sunday, our lazy pyjama day, that J asked to go back out on a walk with her bike. As the wind was still strong and cold, we decided for a park, that's got good pavements, a big pond and a good park. I also remembered the bread this time...
J was very cautious of the slopping path, but managed to ride her bike all the way around.
We then made it to the park.... S made a beeline for the in built trampolines.... she refused the slides and swings, but loved the trampolines, and the play house underneath the slide. It is such a shame that it was covered in abusive language and graffiti. I'm also extremely relived that J didn't attempt to read it. Why is it that all the "poorer" areas, have really nice parks, and still get ruined, where as more affluent areas, don't really have play parks?
J really wanted to go on the "big girls" swings, so I watched her and Daddy from the smaller "little girls" park.
It was a lovely family weekend, which didn't cost a penny, but we gained plenty of fresh air.