S was in an outdoor mood. Kept asking to go outside to play. In and out the back door that was to be kept shut to keep the cats in, making me worry about trapped fingers or escaped cats. It was too cold to keep the doors open like the day before. The sun had hid behind the clouds and the temperature had dropped. J was at school and daddy at work, so it was just S and myself. My step counting watch was beeping at me telling me I've not moved enough. That's it, we were going off to explore by foot. We have lived here almost 2 years now but we are still finding little gems. With my running routes getting longer, I need to find new routes. I've made mistakes before looking at footpaths online, then getting there and they are not runnable. This time we are going to go and have a look first. Scooter in tow to pull S along when she gets tired. (We have to come up with other ideas other then pushchairs after she refused to get in one once she turned 2).
After we got past the houses we found our way to the footpath that overlaps with the canal. Just as we approached, so did a canal boat. S was so happy. She waved at them as they sailed past and the men waved back too. We also found a geocache here but unfortunately there were no goodies inside for S.
We followed the path hoping it would bring us out near the nearby mere where we could feed the ducks, stopping just for geocaches en-route, and watch the ponies in the fields. The path started getting muddier as we approached a stream, but hey what was that over there??
Someone had turned an old rotten tree stump into a face. S loved it and tried to feed it flowers. It was such a beautiful spot we had to get a bigger picture. The bridge had pebbles in a wooden trough you could throw into the stream, and an inscription about wizards. Someone has really made an effort to make this spot magical for children.
We decided to turn back towards home before getting to the mere as S's little feet were getting tired, and we had started to clock watch before picking J up from school. As we backtracked we decided to go a slightly different way back home going along the canal, which meant S could go down the snailly bridge. She loved this quirky bridge.
She even attempted a pose at the bridge. This is her "smile for the camera" face at the moment!
We came across some ducks on the canal so we didn't have to take the stale bread back home with us.
"We live in a beautiful town, don't we mummy" was S's words today. Yes we do and even better was we didn't get the car out to find it!
We returned home to a hot brew and a warm hot chocolate to warm us up before collecting J from school. S was tired from the almost 4 mile walk and was calm for the rest of the afternoon, playing "find the geocache".... I call that a result!