Have you ever imagined an outing with young children that hasn’t gone to plan? I think all parents know that feeling well, but we also know how amazing is it when something imagined to be perfect, turns out to be just that. It is the best, and it happened on Monday.
Winston goes to football first thing on a Monday morning and twice in the last month we have gone straight from football to a Wildlife Reserve close to our home. We haven’t been since October due to the cold weather, but it has been so nice to be back. It’s a place where the signs of each season are so vivid, and the workers are so passionate and knowledgeable.
Each time we visit Fairburn Ings I get asked if we’re going to join The RSPB – on Monday I finally decided to join!
I planned on staying an hour or so but we ended up staying almost three. I don’t know how – they were both just so content. Thankfully I had a huge bag of snacks.
I wasn’t planning on pond dipping either, but Winston saw the nets and that was it. We didn’t catch anything big or exciting, but the hope of catching something big or exciting makes it really fun. We managed to spot lots of frog spawn, feed the huge amount of swans and capture lots of muck.
Rufus hates missing out but he’s far more unpredictable than Winston was – he certainly likes to keep me on my toes. He was absolutely thrilled to see so many ducks.
This is the most useful buggy in the world. Spring has most definitely arrived.
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Such cute pictures Esther! Your little men are adorable, and you really can’t beat a nature reserve! 🙂 xx
Ah thanks Emma. I feel like we’re at a settled stage so they’re great company! Fresh air must do something to us all xx
That looks like such a great day out. I always find it’s easier to go places straight from school or straight from swimming. Looks like you had a great time x
I know what you mean – once you’re out it’s so much easier to just stay out!
We have just bought vouchers to RSPB Fairburn Ings for hot drinks and pond dipping but I’ve never been. I’m really glad to read this. It looks like a brilliant place to visit – my kids love collecting muck (and frog spawn is a winner too!) I am really, really impressed with how clean your kids stayed – mine look worse on a typical day in the house 😉 Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily
You will absolutely love it! We were given a voucher last year – the cake is really gorgeous. My littlest can’t walk yet so he’s in and out of the buggy. Let me know how you get on! It’s such a peaceful place #YorkshireFamily xx
Est I want to go with you one day please 🙂 thanks x
What a lovely place. I am jealous of your ponds.