On Sunday we went for a lovely walk in the woods. It was nice because we ended up at the RSPB bird lodge, spontaneously. It’s a nice walk along the woodland to get to the lodge, surrounded by nature. A straight line with a forest on one side and big open space on the other. It makes for great perspective photos. Daddy took his big camera out too, always guaranteed a nice photo!
On arrival the RSBP staff gave Noah and Isla a clipboard, with 2 checklists on it. We love a checklist. The children had to find animals and plants on one checklist. Then colours of the rainbow on the other. It was amazing how quickly they ticked off all of the colours. It got them thinking about different shades of green. Looking all around them too. It was great seeing them working together to tick off their lists.
We did have to laugh when they ticked all of the birds off, when they’d seen only a few. We heard a Buzzard but couldn’t see it. I guess that sort of counts! It’s such a nice place to walk and explore, well plotted routes and thick woodland. There are also pockets of pretty gardens, grand houses and bird huts to sit and watch the birds. The mansion house is surrounded by colour and a large pond, it’s a very calming place to be.
We finished our walk at the pond, where there are very large Koi. This pond has been here since I can remember. I used to walk here with my family when I was small. I remember sitting by this pond and staring at the fish back then. Now I’m doing it with my little ones. They loved the friendly Koi. Next time we will take fish food. They all came swimming up the edge, like they could sense our presence, very clever. Some of them were very large, I wonder if they are 30 odd years old.
CaroAugust 24, 2017
There is something really mesmerising about fish in a pond! How lovely to relive your childhood memories with your own children. Beautiful pictures too! #Countrykids
MummyConstantAugust 24, 2017
Thank you Caro. I enjoyed seeing them so happy x
Cheryl | Time To CraftAugust 24, 2017
I do love a nature checklist. Observation skill boost. Funny about the bird spotting. Under the circumstances, I’m sure the meow of the buzzard counts. #CountryKids
Fiona CambouropoulosAugust 25, 2017
You always have such gorgeous photos from your days out. How lovely to visit somewhere you remember from your own childhood. Those Koi are really friendly coming to the surface there. We love nature challenges and tick sheets, it makes a nature walk so much more fun for the kids. Well done yours on finding so many colours.
Thank you for joining me for #CountryKids
Michelle Twin MumAugust 25, 2017
That B&W shot of your little girl is amazing. This looks like a fun family time. Mich x
Sara | mUmtUrnedmOmAugust 26, 2017
What a lovely walk, and gorgeous photos. Looking for colours is great, i’m going to tRy that with my guys 🙂 #countrykids