Finally over the last week we have had a bit of sunshine up here in Yorkshire. It felt like most of July was cold and rainy, and now in August, we are finally getting a few days with some sun and some much needed warmer weather. When it is sunny, we love nothing more than to get outside and go on a local adventure or two. Often it's just a drive to a local park (we are blessed with some truly fantastic country parks near us) to have a run around on the grass, to feed the ducks or to get an ice cream as a treat.
Over the summer, I tend to avoid soft play as I know they'll be so busy with school age children, so we do spend most of our time going out and about to local parks. We recently started going to a lovely huge park about 20 minutes from where we live. It has a boating lake, a miniature railway, a land train, a cafe, and even a couple of little fun fair rides. On Friday, with the lovely sunny weather, we decided to go and spend the morning there. We had a little ride on the train which LO loved, a ride on the little ferris wheel and a little walk around. It really was the perfect of days, so simple yet so fun. We then came home and did one of our favourite things for summer- a picnic in the garden.
As we don't really have any commitments on weekends this August, we have decided to keep some of those weekends free, to not make any firm plans and just see how the mood takes us. On Saturday, as the weather was so gorgeous, we headed up to Bolton Abbey with LO's auntie and uncle. We had another picnic, and played ball and hide and seek in the abbey ruins. I was feeling pretty exhausted but I loved sitting back and watching LO have so much fun, his giggles echoing around the old walls of the ruins.
On Sunday, with yet another lovely sunny day, we spent the day with LO's granny as he had had a sleepover there the night before. We drove up to some gorgeous place called RHS Harlow Carr gardens near Harrogate. It's the perfect place to take babies and little children. There's lots of avenues of green grass surrounded by the most colourful flowers, walks through the woods with little wooden climbing frames dotted around here and there. He had the most fun running about, looking at the flowers and having shoulder rides with Mr F. We had yet another picnic, all the while listening to a traditional Yorkshire brass band in the band stand. It couldn't have been a more perfect Sunday.
I really think these sorts of days are my favourites. Weekdays when we are stuck at home inside can sometimes be tough and the day feels so long, but days where we can get outside, go for an explore and have an ice cream just seem to whizz by. They're the days where you feel like you haven't got a care in the world, where you can just sit back and enjoy these precious, ordinary moments.