It was just me and my smallest boy today messing about in the woods. His big brother is a bit under the weather so stayed at home while his dad worked.
So before the rain came Archie and I headed to a lovely woodland opposite my childhood home and it brought back some brilliant memories. I was so pleased to see it's now a designated nature reserve and is really well looked after with a friends society too. There are a couple of lovely trails, a wetland area, bat boxes, heathland and some fabulous broadleaf trees including black poplars. I hadn't realised it used to be a tree nursery in Victorian times and there are still some great specimens.
It was just brilliant seeing him tear about, clamber up and over everything just as I did way back when. This wood has always been The Enchanted Wood to me and now I think it might be for him too.
Archie's working his way through the National Trust's 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 & 3/4 list and really enjoying it. Lots of the things on there we've maybe already done but looking forward to doing again this summer. A kid with a list is a summer of fun I reckon.