I write quite a lot on my blog about days out and in particular, local days out that we enjoy as a family. I do feel we are extremely fortunate that we live somewhere so diverse, with so many different things to do and places to visit. These are mostly outdoors and therefore we are often reliant on the unpredictable Yorkshire weather, but for the most part, we manage to get out a few times a week when the weather is fine.
During the week, Little One and I have Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays together, with Tuesdays and Thursdays being nursery days. Sometimes we will meet up with friends or have errands to run, but there's nothing we like more than to get outside and visit somewhere or explore the local area. I don't often drive too far afield with him by myself, so we opt instead to stay quite local. Neither of us can be doing with staying in the house all day, we both get cabin fever and go a bit mad, and I like to make sure LO has burned lots of energy so he's tired enough for a much needed nap in the afternoon.
Over the summer holidays, I have avoided any sort of soft play at all costs, just because it was getting so expensive and they're so busy with older children in the holidays. Last week, rather than drive to a local country park, which is what we often do, we decided to stay local and enjoy what our own village has to offer. It's a place I moan about all the time, but most of it is actually quite lovely. There aren't a huge amount of amenities to speak of, but it makes up for that by the amount of gorgeous rolling countryside which surrounds it.
We spent the whole morning going for a lovely walk together. The only two bonkers enough to go for a walk in the rain. We took the trike and went for a really long rainy walk across a viaduct and along the bridleway, met some chickens and some very friendly horses. We looked at different flowers and collected 'treasure' (pebbles), and just had lots of fun walking together, giggling and chatting about what we could see. We then went for an explore around the village and went to a gorgeous new artisan coffee shop and shared a white hot chocolate and a smoothie.
As we walked together, I looked out across the viaduct to the beautiful view and instead of moaning about our village, I actually felt an immense sense of pride being able to live here. As a village it definitely has it's flaws and we know we actually won't live here when it's time for LO to go to school, but for the time being, it's where we call 'home', it's where we spend our most ordinary of moments, it's where we come back to after a tiring day away, or where we dash to the local co-op to buy something last minute. We truly are very lucky to live in such a lovely rural spot, yet within a stone's throw of the amenities of a big city. And while this isn't our 'forever home' (more about that in a future post) I am learning to appreciate it for what it is; home. And there's no place like it.
Someone wasn't impressed with taking self-timer iPhone photos in the rain...
Stamping in the pebbles. We didn't see a soul on our rainy walk.
What a view.
We stopped off at this local artisan coffee shop which had old fashioned school desks as tables. Very stylish.
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