Yesterday we spent an hour or two in Beddington Park. H cycled around and only almost fell off her bike twice, usually due to her looking over her shoulder at us instead of where she was cycling. Luckily Shaun caught her, but I knew something needed to be done. I’ve been looking for some decent waterproofs for a while now, and had the Debenhams Sale recommended to me, so worked through today and took my lunch late.
I found the kids floor, found boys all in one’s and headed to the desk. I don’t mind buying H things with dinosaurs on, however Shaun usually isn’t as keen. I asked the assistant if there were any girlier designs, in the hope there may be some tucked away I hadn’t spotted, but it wasn’t to be.
“We’ve got some onesies?” he helpfully offered. I had visions of H in the pouring rain in a Hello Kitty onesie, she may as well wear flip flops to finish off the lack of waterproof. I quite nicely told him they’re not so good for splashing in puddles, and I think he may have silently agreed.
By the time I’d picked her up from holiday club I remembered Carshalton Park was flooded, so was worth having a look. I parked up and we got out – now, sensibly I should have put on her new waterproofs, but we made do without, we even had wellies in the car. Oh it was muddy – and flooded.
The Hog Pit pond where they build up pallets for our fireworks display is a large lake at the moment – I don’t think I’ve ever seen it like that.
Alongside the park is a stream, more often than not dry which leads up to the grotto, my favourite part of the park even if you can’t go inside. The stream is strong, deep and not what should be there. It’s definitely been quite a flood. I know the ponds in the village are higher than usual too, so I’m guessing a lot of this water could be related to that. Oh, and the rain.
We wandered to the grotto, walked back to the park to play while I admired the line of trees by the (not dry) river, and decided that actually, it’s really quite lovely here sometimes. We headed into the park for a play, and bumped into one of her old friends from nursery (who’d even been talking about her earlier today, funnily enough).
Finishing early and going to the park is my kind of day – even in the cold. It was nice to breathe again. So, so nice.
So ends H’s Christmas Holiday break today. Tomorrow is back to school, a new term.
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We went to Greenwich. We started out at the Planetarium and watched a film about the solar system. H found it fascinating and scary. I’ve since bought her this book (affiliate link) as she knows her planets.
Afterwards we headed into Greenwich Park and headed to the Meridian Line.
Then on to the centre where the Cutty Sark is.
No time to go there, we had to eat so found a table for eleven.
After that a brisk walk under the Thames.
And more trains to North Greenwich.
Then the cable cars over the Thames. Over and under the river in an hour or two. It was sunset by then and we had fabulous views.
The kids drove the DLR as far as Westferry, where we changed and went to Bank. Tube to Balham, train from there. Ten trains in total and a brilliant day, over 10,000 steps on the Fitbug Air too. Lovely.
Linking to Country Kids, and feeling rather sleepy.
So we had our blink and you’ll miss it break, but had one fantastic day doing loads – from the park you can take a walk of around 15 minutes to Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth which had a beach just right for making sandcastles. That’s all you need really, sandcastles.
See, the kids might start and get bored of making sandcastles so take all their clothes off and run into the sea (coming back with buckets full of water to make the sand wet) but it’s us parent who take it all way too seriously.
Especially when next door there’s a sandcastle being made by someone with far superior buckets to us. I may have joked a bit too loudly about getting the kids to kick in their castle, I didn’t mean it, but I think they took it seriously. Not long afterwards their kids stood around it standing guard. Whoops. Sorry.
BUT! We triumphed – the sea made it around the entire moat which is what we were aiming for. I say we, but I mean the others as my back hurt so I decided to take photos. There aren’t many thanks to my daughter’s nakedness but you get the idea. We all did a little bit, and when the dads got very serious about the moat (which eventually worked when the tide started to come in, and we were all well pleased with it) it was time to head back and get ice cream.
You can’t beat fun at the seaside, I just wish we could have done more.
Our local environmental fair was today which we went to, a good walk both ways – we were out from 11am until 4pm and there was plenty to do.
H’s favourite thing was the cycle stand – she got to try two different kinds of bike with Shaun which she loved. It was her first time on a two wheeled bike (even if it was attached to another) and it was brilliant!
Afterwards we walked back to the park at The Grove where she played on the stepping stone climbing frame as Shaun was with us – I’m terrified of it as I saw her cousin fall off it when he was much younger, so I’ve always had that fear. My fearless child got on with it, going down the slide or the pole without any problems or issues, just having fun.
I think I need to let go a bit too!
She finished off being the king of the castle, the park has a large stone castle in it to climb over which she loves – although part has recently broken off, so hopefully it’ll be fixed soon…