It's been a while since we linked up with the fab Fiona at Coombe Mill and her Country Kids posts so I'm doing a round up of just some of the outdoorsy things we've been getting up to of late! We try whenever possible to get the monkeys out and about, not least to tire them out and get them running off their huge amounts of energy!
We've been tree climbing and picnicing at some of our local beauty spots. The Essex countryside is much nicer than people think. Daddy works Saturdays but that doesn't stop us having family outings, we just wait for him to finish at lunchtime!The monkeys loved frolicking in the long grass here and having fun climbing tree's with Daddy close by to step in and help!
We've made a few trips to visit Nanny and Grandad on their boat as they've been a lot closer than during the winter months. The monkeys get quite excited on the boat and love to feed the ducks and explore the surrounding area's. We've seen so much more of the UK whilst visiting them, than we would have done had they continued to live in their house.
Personally I love nothing more than sitting in the sun on the boat with a cuppa and watching the wild life and other boaters go by!
The monkeys love parks and are never happier than when playing on slides and climbing frames, so we've visitied lots of parks too. Some we already know and others we have found on our travels. There are some pretty awesome ones out there!
One great day out we've recently been on was in London at Hyde Park and Kennsington Palace Gardens. We met my folks and my Aunty and Uncle having travelled to London by train. The monkeys loved the long walk from the tube station through Hyde Park to the Princess Diana Memorial Park. It's somewhere I've always wanted to take them and we were delighted to see it's so good there!
Gated with staff on hand to count families in and out, it's secure, free and lots of fun! There are toilets there and a cafe too, so families can easily spend the whole day there. We loved it and will be returning one day.
With my folks moored at Paddington Basin of course we couldn't visit without a trip to Paddington Station to see Paddington Bear! I'm sure I was more excited than the monkeys though!
We loved watching the film which we now have on DVD, so it was fun having these photo's taken and seeing the trains at the station too of course. Little monkey couldn't believe the length of the trains going to the South West!
Little monkey had his recent Preschool trip to a local farm and loved spending the day with me and his friends. We had a tractor ride around the grounds, he rode their train (twice) and of course we had a picnic! Sadly we did get some rain.
Of course he had to go and find the guinea pigs!
Finally last but not least, on the way to collecting Nanny and Grandad from the station the other day we stopped to see the trains and vintage buses at the fab Epping & Ongar Railway. We didn't ride them this time but plan on doing so again very soon but we all enjoyed watching the buses arrive bringing passengers for their connecting trains.
Little monkey decided he no longer likes trains but really he does. He just doesn't like the steam train whistling and letting out steam right in front of him! It was rather loud and even made us jump!
I'm sure we are going to have so much more outdoor fun now the holiday's are almost upon us for the next six weeks. We'll be sure to keep you posted!