11 March 2014

a family walk: blaise castle

So I think its fair to say that all our springtime dreams were answered last weekend! I mean I went out with out a coat, WITHOUT A COAT for two days in a row, and it was glorious.

On Saturday my friends came to visit from London and we met and pottered around Gloucester Road and headed to the park for the last of the afternoon sun whilst Theo played in the play area. I spent the evening catching up over a cocktail or two and went to bed waaay past my bedtime.

So on Sunday upon waking with slightly fuzzy heads we knew that there was only one thing to do, and that was to get out in the beckoning sunshine for a walk. We drove over to Blaise Castle, and so did half of Bristol apparently and ended up parking down the road a little bit, passing and making note to visit the National Trust small hamlet there.


 We arrived and headed straight for the play park, where Theo seems to think he has graduated from the smaller area and can now handle the giant climbing frames and slides (which he does manage really well!) Obviously we had  few goes ourselves, then stopped for our first ice cream of the year - it really was that warm!

After our little rest we ventured into the woods, where walking along the sheltered hill sides and along the river the air felt even warmer. For me this is the perfect weather, warm enough to not need coats, hats and gloves but not so warm that the heat is over powering and all you can do is lay on the grass not moving save for eating an ice cream (actually I do quite like those times too!)  But the air feels light and fresh, layers are still needed but its comfortable. We foraged and looked for all the new life pushing its way to the surface, smelling the sweet blossoms, scrambled up ledges and climbed over trees.

We made it to the castle at the top and took in the views around us and rested, soaking up all the sunshine. Theo discovered the joy of searching of creepy crawlies and also had his first experience of death (after accidentally stepping on his found creature!) we made sure we thanked it for letting us play with it and sorry that its life had ended (if only it were that simple...)

Once again we had such a great walk around one of our favourite places in Bristol to visit!

I hope you all enjoyed the sunshine (if you had it!) and went on some good adventures, I'd love to hear about what you got up to!

Linking up with "let's have an adventure!"

gingerlillytea


15 comments :

  1. this weekend was perfect wasn't it?! SO good to have sunshine and warmer weather!! We spent most of it in the garden, heaven!

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    1. Glad you got to spend time outside, I think pretty much everyone dashed outside to enjoy it!

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  2. Beautiful photos. I was so excited to go out without a coat this weekend, ha. And, my toddler putting glasses on me is actually the most terrifying part of my day. x

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    1. haha I'm glad I don't have to wear glasses on a day to day basis (I probably should remember to though!) Thank you!

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  3. when i went out without a coat a couple days ago i was thinking the exact same thing! it's funny how people all flood to the same place when the sun comes out, but hey, it's always nice to have a bit of sun and go out isn't it :)

    i love these photos, and looks like the little one had a great time!

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    1. Thank you, I think we all had a slight spring in our step! Guess that's the way in cities, everyone wants to get out of them when its warm! Luckily we've got lots of parks and places to go, and it wasn't actually too bad once we were there, just the car park!

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  4. That looks gorgeous! I love your photos! I am so loving "no coats" too! Life is a little bit easier not having to make sure four kids have got hats, scarves and gloves on lol xxx

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    1. I can't even imagine how hard it is to get four little people organised, I can barely manage just one! Yep roll on summer when all you need is one item of clothing and some sandals!

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  5. The weather was so amazing, always the problem of everywhere being busy though! x

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    1. I think when it's such a good weekend like it was, it takes us all by surprise, and being typically British we have to make the most of it because it doesn't stay for long!

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  6. we had our first icecream of the year too!x

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  7. Blaise is so great, isn't it? Lovely pics x

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  8. The without a coat moment is amazing isn't it! :) This place looks stunning and I have to say I am in love with your photo's. The light is fabulous! x

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  9. Thank you so much for linking up with us!! These are amazing pictures and love the chocolate ice cream mouth :) x

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