Yesterday I woke up with a desperate yearning to get out of the city! Hannah loves being in the countryside so we took several buses and went out to Denmead for a country walk.
|We found a little footpath along the side of a field where we stopped for a picnic lunch.|
|Hannah wrote down all the birds, flowers and butterflies she could see while we ate.|
|And then delighted in running up and down the footpath! The grass was taller than she is!|
I told Hannah how I had loved finding Stitchwort seed pods when I was little and popping them, so she scoured the hedges looking for some, and discovered that she loves it as much as I did!
I really love sharing these memories with her. I had a very traditional, rural upbringing which I always hoped Hannah would have, but sadly we live in the city. Sharing my childhood memories with her, and just wandering around the countryside showing her the flowers and birds is so rewarding, she is really interested in everything, and I really believe she is a much happier child when she is out in nature.
Anyway, we wandered on and came to a dairy farm..........much excitement from Hannah!! We saw Swallows swooping overhead, a Kestrel flew up from the field really close to us and there were Bluetits and Finches all around the field gate . Hannah climbed up to watch them!
We were just walking across this field when a shower hit - huge sploshing drops came down and soaked us! We ran for the trees in the distance and sheltered under the picnic blanket until it passed!
Then we followed the bridleway back to the lane where Hannah was amazed to see the tarmac steaming!
You can't make it out in the picture but the whole lane was steaming in waves as it dried and everything smelled beautiful and fresh.
Hannah spotted a Green Woodpecker, and we finished our walk listening to the song of a Skylark.