Tuesday, 10 November 2015

A Woodland Walk

Before we moved there were a few things that I wanted to do with the kids, especially Alfie. A day out at dinosaur adventure, a trip to the zoo and a walk around our favourite nature reserve, Needham Lake. Ever since we have lived in Suffolk we have been walking around the lakes regularly and it's a really nice way to spend an hour or two. I prefer to go out of half term and holidays as it does get busy, so a mid week visit just after half term was ideal for us. I find it so peaceful and ever so relaxing ambling around the beautiful lake and there are so many things to keep Alfie entertained as we walk around, it can be one of the less stressful things to do with him.


There are ducks and geese galore which naturally we had to feed......good job that I remembered to take a load of bread with me this time so that the greedy things all got some! They are also pretty friendly and will take bread from your hand! It really is a beautiful view over the lake. 



We spent an age watching the ducks, I didn't mind though, the weather was dry on this particular day and was actually quite mild so I didn't mind standing and watching with Alfie, he just took it all in and we chatted about how to tell the difference between boy and girl ducks, the geese, how many ducks we could count and whether we could see any miniature boats on the lake......which on this instance there wasn't any which is a shame. Often there are several remote control boats whizzing around but today was not the day for them, never mind!






There are various routes that you can take around the lake, we opted to walk right round the lake, the shorter route, it probably took about an hour with lots of stopping and starting! We collected leaves, Alfie picked some manky beautiful flowers and he played in the various play areas scattered along the way. We stopped for a couple of silly selfies, obviously!





The most exciting bit for Alfie is about 3/4 way around the lake we can see the small train station at local village. It's not a very busy station but we did manage to see a few trains whizz by! My little train obsessed boy just loves to watch the trains and tell me which are which!


I feel a bit sad that it's unlikely that we'll ever walk around these lakes again, they have seen me pregnant, with 2 newborns, a toddler learning to walk and now a growing little boy and girl. Sounds stupid doesn't it to miss a lake but it's such a nice place. Of course there will be just as nice places to walk around  where we now live but I'm yet to discover them seen as we have only been here 2 weeks. That is my mission in the next few weeks, places to walk around with the kids to get us out of the house for some fresh, Autumn air.

Anyone else love a woodland walk?


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38 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun day, lovely pictures :)

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  2. Looks like a lovely walk. It's great to be able to get out doors for a little bit at this time of year #bestandworst

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  3. Looks like you had a great time fab photos it looks lovely thanks for hosting best and worst

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  4. Ah you'll keep looking back on this lovely post and beautiful pictures as your littlies grow up, I'm sure. Freezing a day in time, a memory to cherish when they were so small! Love it x #bestandworst

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  5. Sometimes it is the simplest things that are the best! Walking in the countryside is sooooo good for your health (physical and mental) and a massive learning experience for little ones. The wilder the weather, the more fun it can be! #bestandworst

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  6. This has made me want to don my wellies and head out with my girls to feed the ducks! It should be suitably wet and blustery by Saturday so I may well take a leaf out of your book and head to the lake. Hope you are settling in well at your new place. #bestandworst

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  7. What gorgeous pictures. Pop them in an album or put them in a frame & you will be taking a little bit of Suffolk along with you x #bestandworst x

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  8. Looks stunning. I'm sure you'll find some beautiful places where you are now, and at least your lake will always still be there for a little trip down memory lane in future years. Lovely post #bestandworst x

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  9. Looks stunning. I'm sure you will find some beautiful places where you live now, and at least your lake will always still be there for a special trip down memory lane in the years to come. #bestandworst xx

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  10. I know it sounds odd but being by the sea we don't really have anywhere to feed ducks - in fact I can't remember the last time I saw one! Must hunt some down! #bestandworst

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  11. Looks lovely, we love Suffolk!! Where have you moved to?? Thanks for hosting #bestandworst :)

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  12. I hope you find somewhere as lovely - there's nothing like having a great place to go for a walk especially when they're little. I did a lot of wandering with my daughter as a baby and we still make the most of midweek term-time mornings when it's quiet to head out. #bestandworst

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  13. Looks like you had a lovely time. We love a good woodland walk too, but don't have a good duck pond nearby - definitely something missing from our lives! #whatevertheweather

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  14. Autumn walks in the woods are the best!! Your children are soooo cute, it looks like you had a lovely time :) The little ducks are gorgeous too :)

    #bestandworst

    Gemma xx

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  15. Love love love autumn walks. Looks like lovely fun (and what a cute grin your daughter has!).As soon as I can convince the boy to get dressed we are going to amble up to feed the ducks. #bestandworst

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  16. awww Alfie looks so much like Adi!! I would miss that too. It's so beautiful and keeps you all so entertained. Ferry Meadows is just as good! xx #bestandworst

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  17. We love watching the ducks and where we are, swans too... That adds magic to the walk. Gorgeous photos! #bestandworst

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  18. This does look great! We love to walk in the woods and parks and especially to see the ducks! :)

    Angela #bestandworst

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  19. Awww I'm very sentimental like this. I associate the way the light was and what the air smelt like with so many mummy milestones. What a blissful place to be able to take your children for an hour submerged in simplicity. Lovely post, sweetheart. Hope your move goes well.
    xx
    #BestandWorst

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  20. Love love love a woodland walk. So many stories I loved when I was little took place in the woods so I find them magical. My wife was unimpressed. She doesn't do mud. The jungles here hold no magic for me. Instead they scare the stuffing out of me.

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  21. I've made it my (post baby) mission to get out and walk every day for the last 2 weeks. 3yo takes her scooter and we take a different route every day. It's not so easy squeezing it in between feeds and rain, but where there is a will, there is a way! #bestandworst

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  22. What a lovely walk, and so nice to be able to go at a slow pace and enjoy it all.
    I'm sure you'll find some great walks around your new home.
    #bestandworst

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  23. Thatis a beautiful view, I can see why your going to miss it. Where have you moved to?
    #Bestandworst

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  24. I love a nice woodland walk too, Unfortunately we don't live within walking distance of places like this but we often drive to somewhere nicer and walk round there. The fresh air does everyone good doesn't it! #bestandworst

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  25. Who doesn't love a woodland walk? It looks a beautiful place - I'm sure you will find lots more in your new home. Have fun exploring!! X #bestandworst

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  26. You can't beat a wiidland walk! Alfie looks like he had great fun x #bestandworst

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  27. We love a woodland walk!! It looks like you had a lovely time, and I understand what you mean about 'missing' the area that has seen you through so much! Lovely selfies, and the baby looks adorable, smiling in the pushchair! Good luck finding other great places for fun family walks.
    #bestandworst

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  28. Ah what a lovely collection of photos! Looks like a wonderful place. But I'm sure you will find some lovely new places to go near you new house. Becky x #bestandworst

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  29. Oh what a wonderful day. We don't have anywhere close to us that is anything like this, I'm slightly jealous. You all looked like you had a lovely time and I'm glad the weather held out for you...good thinking on stocking up on the bread for the geese beforehand :) #bestandworst

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  30. It looks lovely, and I can see why you'll miss it. Hope you soon find new places to visit near your new home #bestandworst

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  31. Such beautiful scenery! Reminds me of my brief stint in England; such lovely memories. I would totally have to toughen up around those ducks though...they kinda freak me out! Thanks for having me along at #bestandworst

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  32. Looks like a lovely day. My little ones love ducks - they would like it there! #bestandworst

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  33. Kids just love simple joys don't they? Feeding the ducks is something both my kids love and I love watching them too. We have a park similar near us called Yeovil County Park, it's really beautiful and I love that you appreciate yours too. Loving where we live is key to happiness I find. Thanks for hosting #bestandworst

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  34. It's great to just get out and go for a walk, water is very calming and kids love feeding ducks and running around. My 4 year old is obsessed with trains too, he is the same when we're out walking. I am sure you'll soon find some new places to walk where you live now and they will become just as important.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x

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  35. I love days like these where you just wander around, stroll by lakes and see the ducks, its so lovely. Your pics are lovely and reflect the peace of the day. Yes I really enjoy woodland walks and being outdoors with the kids, so much easier to parent than when we are stuck in !!! #bestandworst

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  36. Lovely photos. I hope there's somewhere equally lovely - or even better - where you live now and that you're all settling into your new home

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  37. Oh it is sad you'll never walk around it again. You have to try and visit one day. It looks like such a beautiful walk. I love the selfies!!! I can see why you find it peaceful, I love a good woodland walk and there is something so calming about walking around a lake isn't there? Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather. x

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