Monday, 23 February 2009

Spring is sprung

When I was a kid my parents taught me a little poem about Spring, which I've never forgotten. It goes like this (last three lines to be said in a silly New York-style accent!):

Spring is sprung
The grass is riz

I wonder where de boidies is?

De boids is on de wing

But dat's absoid

De wings is on de boid!

It seems appropriate to quote this poem since, in the UK at least, Spring is definitely in the air and, after the snows of early February, it's most welcome. Our rockery now has some lovely colourful ferns, and even some snowdrops.

Of course, last year we had lots of snow in April, so I'm trying not to assume that the weather will hold! But it is lovely to pop out of the house in a jacket, rather than in a huge coat, scarf, hat and gloves.

With that in mind, we re-visited Wendover Woods this weekend, which looked very different to the last time we were there. We could actually drive in and park in the car park, which was impossible last time due to all the snow and ice. It's a lovely place to go because it has a Go Ape centre (always fun to watch screaming people sliding down zip lines), a nice cafe, a playground and several signposted walks and cycle rides. One of these walks is the All Ability trail which is only 0.6 miles, about right for a four year old and her Fat Bird mother. Actually, Isabel, Husbandio and I could probably have gone further, but we were with our friend Lisa who was visiting for the weekend and is renowned for not being the keenest walker in the world (I'm sure she won't mind me saying that!).

There are some lovely views from Wendover Woods too, because it's the highest point in the Chilterns (below we're posing next to the stone which marks the highest point - OK, it's not a mountain, but still cool!).

Wendover Woods also has lots of tepee-type structures built by the visitors presumably, and just right for little girls to sneak into.

And before you ask - no, I couldn't squeeze in there, which is why Isabel is in there by herself...!

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