Living Arrows 2015 – Week 16


Living Arrows – Week 16

We love our weekends together as a family and we try to do something aside from the usual housework, chores and food shopping. Yesterday we drove up to our local Forestry Commission to have a look around and take in some of the spring fresh air. It was a cold but dry day so we all wrapped up and had a good walk around Birches Valley. It’s a lovely space and it brings back lots of fabulous memories when my hubby and I bought our first ever real Christmas tree from here back in 2004.


We had a lovely couple of hours in the Valley exploring all the wooden animals dotted around the forest and saying hello.


We walked around the Super Worm trail looking for insects and wriggly worms and then stumbled across the Gruffalo. We unfortunately missed the Gruffalo Trail that was here a few months ago but it was good to see the Gruffalo and appreciate his purple prickles all over his back.


We then had a walk down to the Wooden Play Area and Little Mr had a good play climbing up on the frames like the older children, walking across the bridges and balancing on tree stumps. He’s not a fan of the swings or the slide so generally won’t play on those but it was good to let him roam and choose what he wanted to play on.


I really like this photograph my hubby took of Little Mr and I. We were looking out from under the climbing frame and Little Mr heard a plane going overhead.


We had a lovely time at Birches Valley and we only had to spend a few pounds on parking (£1.50 for an hour, £4 all day). There’s also some toilets and a cafe open so you can get a hot drink and a snack if you don’t want to take a picnic. We’ll definitely be back in the Summer when it warms up a bit.


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  • Reply Donna 20/04/2015 at 2:23 pm

    That looks like such a lovely day out. I really like Forestry Commission for a really good value day out x

  • Reply Tinuke 20/04/2015 at 5:47 pm

    What a fab way to spend the day. I love the Gruffao carving! I agree, that picture of you and your son underneath the climbing frame is lovely!

  • Reply Ickle Pickle 20/04/2015 at 9:09 pm

    Gorgeous photos! Little Mr has hair just like mine! x #livingarrows

  • Reply Emma T 20/04/2015 at 10:31 pm

    Lovely photos of little Mr and you. It’s great when they can just explore and do their own thing.

  • Reply Carie 21/04/2015 at 9:37 am

    What a great spot to explore, and I love your photos, that boy has some seriously wonderful curls!

  • Reply Gail Reid 21/04/2015 at 11:59 am

    You’re looking great already- good luck for your new time target! <3

    • Reply Gail Reid 21/04/2015 at 12:00 pm

      lol how strange I was posting on your most recent post and it posted here. LOL <3

  • Reply Joanna @mumbalance 21/04/2015 at 10:23 pm

    It’s great to get out now that the weather is better :) It looks like a great place to take a toddler for a walk!

  • Reply Sian 22/04/2015 at 11:47 pm

    Sounds like a great day! We did the Gruffalo’s Child trail – need to go back and do the Superworm one!

  • Reply Nikki Thomas 26/04/2015 at 10:40 pm

    Oh what gorgeous photos and I love those curls. The best photo is of the two of you together but that looked like an amazing day out.

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