The winter weather can often be cold and dreary, I don't know about you but I am often tempted to stay indoors in the warm rather than venture outside. With the brighter and warmer than usual weather lately we have been getting out and about to enjoy the fresh air lots.
We have half a dozen favourite places that we visit often, depending on the weather and time of year, various points along the Gloucester-Sharpness canal are beautiful and this time we chose to visit a spot with a lovely cafe that serves giant tea cakes and yummy hot chocolate.
We like to wander along, letting the children be children, taking in the scenery and bits of nature we spot or collect. The Little Ones have a thing about sticks at the moment and Little 3, and often Little 2 as well, are wielding them. They have to be taken home with us, they won't let us leave them behind, you could have a small bonfire with the pile of sticks at the end of our drive!!
There is something relaxing about walking along watching boats and birds, Little 2 is a bit of a watcher and will spend ages just standing and watching if you let her, we often have to call to her to catch up or hurry along a little. She will run ahead and stop, watching something until we have all long passed then dash to catch up and speed past again, such a funny thing.
When everyone has had enough, I will produce the snacks, sometimes a yummy treat or a packet of biscuits and we will head back to the car, on this particular occasion though it was back to the cafe for giant plates of ham, egg and chips for lunch, yum.