We have just returned from Alice Holt Forest, near Farnham in Surrey. It is half way between us and great friends, and luckily the weather was on our side. So armed with children, dog, bike/scooter and us, we left home this morning and followed the satnav to Alice Holt.
On arrival and finding our friends, we started in the playground, Son a little clingy, but soon ran off with his best mate. The four bigger children were all in Gap tops (does that say something about us?), so they were easy to spot. After our picnic lunch we decided to go along the red trail – Easy Access Trail. However, before we had started our red trail, Son fell off his scooter after hitting a bump. If only we (adults) had thought about it, we would have taken his bike, not his scooter, as the terrain was not scooter-friendly. Ho hum… next time. As I am not a geographer (that’s why I married one), I have no idea if we stuck to the trail, or got waylaid onto another one, I just followed everyone else. At the bottom of a small hill was Son’s second tumble of the day, and luckily there was no lasting damage. He did ask me if he was “Mr Whoops” from “Grandpa in my pocket”, and today, I think he was.
After our walk we found some ice creams and cups of tea, which kept spirits up all round. Then it was, sadly, time to go in our separate ways. A great day for children, dogs and grown ups alike, and one which we’d love to do again.
Now back at home and down to earth with a bump, it’s time to book a Tesco delivery for tomorrow. I am sure most people reading this will agree that supermarkets and small children are best not mixed, but that’s another blog…