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?