Days out with Daddy

amongst the leaves

We haven’t taken a vacation this year but we have managed to have some good days out with Daddy when he’s been able to take time off. We did a week of days out in July and we’ve just had a few days this past week enjoying autumn together as a family.

Greenham Common

We took a Sunday afternoon stroll across the common – Rosalie took her balance bike and she did really well on it for the first 10-15 minutes, but soon got bored because she still can’t go as fast on it as she can run! Daddy inevitably ended up carrying it, and I wasn’t even quick enough to get a photograph of her on it. But I did get this lovely one of her playing hide and seek with us – can you see her? Can you? She’s so stealth!

hide and seek

Dinton Pastures

On Monday we headed to Dinton Pastures, which I’ve written about before because it has such an amazing play park, but this time we got a tip for a different car park, making our day out free! Or it would have been had we not purchased lunch in the cafe (amazing bacon sandwiches, hot chocolates and a good children’s menu).

It was a bit of a walk from the free car park to the play area and cafe, but Rosalie managed it, even if she did need to eat the bread we brought for the ducks!

eating the duck's bread

Luckily she didn’t eat it all and we spent a little time feeding some very hungry ducks and geese. I always get a little nervous when the geese and swans are coming up close to Rosalie, she’s had a few nibbled fingers when she’s been feeding the ducks because she doesn’t throw the bread down quick enough and the geese snatch it from her little hand.

feeding the ducks

We spent some time in the play park where Rosalie particularly enjoyed the trampoline, big tunnel, slide and swings, before heading to the cafe for lunch.


climbing the tunnel

through the tunnel

And this is why a day out with Daddy is so much better than a day with just pregnant mummy…

daddy on the slide

After lunch we returned to the park, which was busier now; Rosalie made some little friends and spent a long time in the sand pit. It’s wonderful to see Rosalie interact with other children she doesn’t know – she’s quite happy initiating conversation and is fairly partial to a bit of light bossing around, even if the child is older – “come on let’s go again” or “little girl, follow me!”

The walk back was quite long for Rosalie after burning so much energy in the park, so Daddy ended up carrying her for some of the way, but it’s a lovely walk through the woods. She fell asleep virtually straight away in the car – the sign of a good day out!

Our local park

Tuesday we had our regular Music with Mummy class in the morning, but Daddy and Rosalie went to the park in the afternoon (giving me some time to myself!), and he snapped this photo on his phone of our baby girl confidently tackling the rope tunnel. She’s been able to do it for a while now, but she just looks so confident here! And I love her outfit – this cute foxy dress is TU. I get most of Rosalie’s clothes at Sainsbury’s because they seem to be cut well for her slight frame but long legs. Although at nearly three she’s only just gone into 2-3 year clothes.

tackling the rope tunnel

Alice Holt Forest

On Wednesday we drove over to Alice Holt forest for a picnic and a bit of autumn exploring in the woods. We also told Rosalie she had to keep her eyes peeled for the Gruffalo…

Well first we found the Gruffalo’s child.

rosalie meets the gruffalo's child

And a good opportunity for a quick family portrait!

family portrait with the gruffalo's child

Then we took a stroll through the deep dark wood and came across lots of dens…

making tea in the den

Rosalie is making tea for Teddy – very sweet to see her imaginative play.

And then we found this…

Rosalie and the Gruffalo

And this…!

Rosalie meets Stick Man

We finished our trip to Alice Holt with a visit to the playground.

in the playground

We shall miss Daddy next week when he’s back at work.

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  • Reply
    Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
    October 16, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Wow what a wonderful week! You are properly spoilt for choice for awesome play parks and places to explore and Rosalie looks like she’s loving every minute – such is the joy of having Daddy home!

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      October 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Thanks Carie! We are pretty lucky to have lots of decent parks around us, but they are definitely made better by the silliness of daddy!

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    October 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    This looks like a jam packed week! I am so desperate to go to Alice Holt woods, is the Gruffalo trail a permanent feature? I love the rosy cheeks that autumn gives, beautiful photos x

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      October 16, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      It was! There aren’t any of the full trails at Alice Holt at the moment (I think the last one was Stick Man which finished in July), but the carvings (The Gruffalo, Gruffalo’s Child and Stick Man) are all on the Easy Access Trail for you to stumble across – hope you do get to go, it’s a lovely day out xx

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    Laura - dear bear and beany
    October 16, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    Wow you picked a good week, the weather has been great for getting out. Looks like you have so much on offer and lots of fun x #theordinarymoments

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      October 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Laura, we were so lucky with the weather! x

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    Laura @ Little Ladies Big World
    October 16, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Such lovely photos and I love that one of her looking up to the gruff also with such awe. X

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      October 16, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      She was seriously impressed with the big carvings! Thanks Laura x

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    Katie @mummydaddyme
    October 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    `It sounds like you have been having some really lovely adventures and I love all your gorgeous autumnal photos. There’s nothing better than when the Daddy’s are around to enjoy the fun is there? And I love her little owl pinafore dress, it is just so cute! x

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    October 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks Katie, the weather has enabled us to have some fantastic autumnal adventures, which were only made better by Daddy being around! xx

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