29 October 2014

A family walk: Blaise Castle in Autumn



One bright Sunday a week or so ago Theo and I needed to get out the house as DIY was happening. I wanted a walk and Theo wanted a park, so we headed over to the Blaise Castle estate once more. Visiting in Autumn is probably my favourite time, just as the trees are turning and the sun is still warm enough to be happy outside exploring with no coats or hands turning blue. 

As soon as we arrived the sounds of children shrieking and laughing filled the air, the playgrounds and fields filled with families playing, picnicking and out enjoying the sun together. Theo scooted past the small playground straight to the big kids play area, showing me once more that he's no longer a baby and can confidently conquer even the tallest of slides and climbing frames. Proving to be one of our favourite parks in Bristol. 

We stayed a while until he could be persuaded to take a walk through the woods up to the castle, which to our surprise was open, for the first time on any of our many visits. We did what we always do, climbed over tree roots, searched for berries and treasures and looked out to admire the view. Once we reached the castle Theo hooted is way all the way up the spiralling staircase with excitement, and stepped out onto the castle roof to survey the land below us. The wind tousled our hair and blew in our faces as we peered over the walls at the people underneath and the Severn Bridge crossings in the distance. We stood in the middle to hear our voices bounce and echo around us, before descending down, counting the steps as we went. 

Our visit ended like it always does, with ice cream. Perhaps the last of this year? We returned home tired but refreshed and happy from our afternoon adventure. 

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