A glorious day today in North Yorkshire, it made me realise with a flutter that oooooooooooh Spring is not far away, yippeeee! We had no plans when we woke up, were waiting to look at the sky and allow the weather to dictate.
J suggested a trip to Ilkley park, to do what dozens of other families were doing, ie exercising their offspring in the fresh air.
The park is justifiably popular on sunny days, so many families, so many children. Lots of noise (I adore the collective sound of children hard at play, makes me happy deep down inside).
J and I took it in turns to accompany Little B, following him around as he did a circuit of the climbing frame, wooden train and roundabout. During my off-duty shifts, I sat my bottom on the sun warmed tarmac, leaned my back against the metal fence and thought how lovely it as to see shadows. How lovely it is to be treated to a sunshiney day!
After the playground, we ambled along the river that runs at the edge of the park to feed the ducks. Lots of memories floating in as I recalled the sweetest video clip we have of Little Man aged 18months chasing ducks in this exact spot.
I was entranced by the tree shadows spread out on the grass. I did some silly shadow things to entertain Little B here. I wiggled my arms a lot, it was fun, well he laughed anyhow.
After the park, we drove up out of town to the top of Ilkley Moor to eat a picnic lunch.
I adore it up here, the height of this place is mesmerising, you feel so close to the sky up here.
Ilkley looks like a model village spread out before us.
The rocks up here are truly spectacular. They are ginormous.
Their sheer size is almost too much to take in, leaves you feeling a bit breathless and giddy.
We had a lovely time today, It's just the sort of simple, spontaneous family outing that I love. Nothing complicated about park visits, picnics or enjoying natural landscapes. Cheap too, only some ice creams to buy.
I had some little daydreams about Connievan today, thinking that with the temperatures warming up a little, we might be able to wake her from hibernation quite soon. Now that is something to look forward to.
Hoping you've all enjoyed a lovely weekend, here's to a gorgeous week ahead for us all.