The lack of a car at moment has forced us to stay close to home, but there’s plenty of opportunity to get out and have some outdoor fun on our doorstep. Over the last week we have had two outings to one of our local parks, known to us as the woods. On both occasions we went along with friends, which is always nice for H as he is an only child and can get a bit bored with adult company.
It’s a magical place, our woods. Both times we set off to find the little fairy doors set into the bottoms of the tree trunks. They are very sweet and H loves trying to find as many as possible as we walk through that section of the park.
Another favourite spot is a little clearing where a tree trunk has been left to rot down on the ground. H has been helping along the breakdown process by creating homes for insects. This seems to consist of whittling away with sticks to create bug holes and the like. He’s always happy to rope in whoever is with us to help.
Sometimes we play a game on the grass meadow. It might be a ball game or there might be a frisby. It might just be a game of tig.
Then it’s on to the playground. It’s a rustic one with wooden things and not like a normal municipal park play area. There’s a swinging tyre and a tyre, but H loves the other things more. He loves the little hill where children love to ‘dig’ and scratch with sticks. A snaky, serpent sculpture makes a great climbing frame and H loves the round, stone table set in one corner.
There’s something magical about our woods and we love visiting them whatever the season.