On Sunday I took the children for a walk at Crockford Clump in the New Forest, using the promise of a picnic as motivation. Located just next to Beaulieu Road train station, Crockford Clump has a free Forestry Commission cap park, mostly shades in the clump of trees around it. From Crockford Clump one can walk along to a railway bridge and further to wodland. Very open and at this time of the year a visual treat as the heather is just starting to appear.
My children were delighted to spot a train go past and as soon as they spied the railway bridge they ran ahead to it, declaring it the ideal picnic spot and we found a shady spot out of the midday glare. I appreciate that it lacks the nostalgia of seeing a steam train chuffing along but they were so excited - it brought back happy memories of watching The Railway Children as a child.
Just in case you are wondering about this photo effect, it's one of the smart filters on my Samsung nx1000. Named 'Miniature', it blurs out the top and bottom of a photo and focuses on the center.
Post picnic we walked on, the path turning to sand, as is so often the case in the New Forest. Now to grown ups it's 20% cool and 80% a pain-in-bum-sand-in-my-shoes type of affair but to children its magical.
'A beach in the woods!'
Not exactly scenery befitting Hasslehoff in a pair of red short shorts but I can see where they are coming from...
Once we reached the woods we indulged in a bit of tree swinging and below, as you can see, carrying.
'Mummy look! We are doing collaboration!'
This next shot was taken on the way back to the car. Not technically brilliant but I had to include it as I spent a whole 10 minutes saying 'keep still kids! look and that bird!' to which they continuously replied 'where?' here is my proof to them it existed!
There was just enough time left to find a bug before heading home, hot and tired - but happy.
I am so looking forward to more time like this with them over the summer holidays - bring it on!