Mama OWL Blog: {Summer Bucket List} Feed the Ducks! | #ShepSummer

{Summer Bucket List} Feed the Ducks! | #ShepSummer

Monday, 3 August 2015

The Summer holidays don't have to equal expensive days out and days rammed with activities. It's perfectly acceptable and indeed healthy to have nothing days at home in your PJs watching movies and just letting the kids 'be'. You don't have to have something scheduled for every waking minute of the day. Likewise, the theme parks and zoos and such like are lovely places to visit (and we do have a visit to Bristol Zoo with my pre-purchased Groupon tickets planned) but frankly the best things in life are free and if you have local playgrounds and country parks at your disposal - use them! Grab the bikes and scooters and let the kids run free.


We are fortunate enough to live in a beautiful town with a wonderful country park just a 10 minute walk away, so on our way to the library to choose some books for the Summer Reading Challenge we decided we would go for a walk along the river to feed the ducks and pay a visit to the local park afterwards, too.

The park has been revamped fairly recently and there are two different playgrounds to choose from with one geared more towards older children, though both are suitable for my youngest two at 5 and 9. They had great fun tearing up and down the steps to go on the slide, and clambering up the climbing frame to swing across the monkey bars and flinging themselves off the side of the frame and down the pole with wild abandon.



We spent just over an hour there and only left because it was nearly lunchtime and grumbling tummies were demanding food, next time I think we will take a picnic and sit out on the playing field. On our way home we stopped off in the newly refurbished Timbrell's Yard restaurant/bar (who also boast the most beautiful hotel rooms, they have a breakfast buffet open to the public every day between 0730-11am) for a coffee & freshly baked pastries - H loves their pain au chocolat and E can demolish one of their croissants in about 10 seconds flat - and enjoyed the view of the river just outside, the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by.


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25 comments:

  1. What fantastic photos! And I agree with you, last week my son and I had a chat about how we would not be going out everyday and that some days we would be spending at home with toys. But there is something to be said to just enjoying time at your local park.
    Thanks for linking up to #lovelythings

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    1. Absolutely, it doesn't have to be all go all the time, it's nice to enjoy the simple things

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  2. Your so right, the best things in life are free (sure that's a song?!) lovely photos of your children having fun outdoors x

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    1. Quite right - it's good to teach the kids to appreciate them too!

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  3. The free things are certainly the best, we had a great day yesterday just going for a picnic at a castle ruins, we haven't been before, but it was a free day out and the we all loved it. x

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    1. Wow castle ruins sound very exciting, my kids would love that! Sounds like it was a great day out

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  4. I love feeding the ducks! It's a great way for kids to interact with nature 😊#LovelyThings

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    1. It really is, it's been a favourite activity of all of my children over the years

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  5. Every good day should have a duck in it! I love feeding the ducks it's an easy way for children to interact with animals in nature! #LovelyThings

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  6. How idyllic! I love a good park ramble. We are very lucky-ish to live in the middle of nowhere which means most of our days are filled by walking through a working farm on our way to the beach. Cinemas? Theme parks? What are they?! It is bliss.
    #bestandworst

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    1. Sounds wonderful and peaceful! I love a good farm :)

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  7. I totally agree, the best things in life are free. It looks like a great park you have and everyone had fun.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    1. They are, and it's good to remember to show the kids that and make them appreciate it too, I think!

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  8. I am quite guilty of over-booking...those easy days are the best when you don't have to do anything at all....Netflix is calling!! #lovelythings

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    1. It's so easy to do, to worry that you're not stimulating them enough etc but really I think kids need to be "bored" sometimes so that their imaginations get to come out to play :)

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  9. Looks like a fabulous park to have close by. Love all your pictures too! I am not looking forward to summer being over and the hustle and bustle of the fall months. I am visiting from #LovelyThings.

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    1. Ah me too, I don't want them to go back to school I love having them at home. I mean of course some days they drive me bonkers but honestly, I love being with them, that's how it's supposed to be! Thank you x

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  10. I love parks; they are cheap and cheerful, fab for exercise and I get a play too. This one looks really good fun. Definitely take a picnic next time! Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst hun and see you soon x

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    1. Absolutely, can't beat a good old fashioned picnic in the park!

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  11. We love parks too! It's impossible to pay for things (and petrol!) every day, definitely a lover of free fun here. It's so much fun just playing at the park in nice weather, no time limitations, pure fun!
    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly, kids love to just be able to run wild and free so it's good to let them!

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  12. What a fantastic place! I agree, the best days are usually free and carefree too! :-) This place sounds like great fun. I love taking my daughter to the parks or to the pond, the woods or just for walks. They're always the best days. Thank you so much for linking this up to #whatevertheweather x

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    1. They are, unplanned free fun in the great outdoors enjoying some fresh air - what could be better!

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  13. How lovely! We're lucky to be in a town where there are lots and lots of free activities, so many during the summer that we hardly ever make it to the park. (I work full time, so weekend days are our only option for venturing out.) Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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    1. Free activities are great, I wish we had a few more options locally but we do have some lovely parks which almost makes up for it!

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