I’ve always wanted to see bluebells in all their glory, but have always managed to miss them so this year I was determined to see them. My mum is a member of the National Trust and there is a property about an hour from her home that has a bluebell woodland walk, so we intended to visit. I however, didn’t really want to pay and was sure we could find somewhere to see bluebells for free, so I Googled best bluebell spots and it turned out there was one very close to the NT property. This was definitely the right decision to make!
With the heavy rain and high wind forecast for Easter Sunday hubby and I stared at each other in trepidation. It is not acceptable to stay in all day unless J is poorly. He is so active that he simply must go out. There are no exceptions to this rule; even if it means braving awful weather. Thankfully, we discovered with great relief that the Bournemouth Oceanarium was one of the few things open on Easter Day and since we have a season ticket we planned a trip there for the afternoon.
Since J was little he has loved fish. At only a couple of months old, he was sent to sleep by a combination of watching the fish swim around and the noise of a fish tank at my friend’s house and we often took him to a local aquatic shop just to have a peek. His first visit to the Oceanarium was at only 4 months old for my niece’s birthday. J was scared of the big fish and then fell asleep most of the way around, so not the most successful visit. A couple of months later we had taken him again and he loved it so much that we bought a season ticket.
Although very excited, I was a little uncertain about taking J to Marwell Zoo last week as I thought he may be too young to really enjoy it. When J was 7 months old hubby and I took him to Bristol Zoo, which was perfect for little ones as it houses mainly smaller animals and they were nice and close and easy to see. J loved the penguins, meerkats and reptiles and he enjoyed walking through the butterfly house. Marwell Zoo is much bigger and spread out with big enclosures for the larger animals (which is how it should be). I just wasn’t sure if he would get it…
We got to tick off a couple of activities from our 2016 family wishlist this week. We put on our wellies and went splashing in muddy puddles along by the river and fed the ducks for the first time. A great family winter walk.