Today the school my Grandchildren go to had an Inset Day, so my daughter and I braved the icy winds, wrapped the children up and off we went to Arne
an RSPB Nature Reserve near Wareham, Dorset. Little Miss M (5) and I set Strava on my phone so we could measure how far we walked. We are aiming to walk 500 miles together – you can see the origin of this challenge here.
Now Little Bro (5) is prone to complaining about going on a ‘walk’ at the best of times, and on the car journey there, he was starting to say he wasn’t going to walk as it was too cold, so I asked him if he liked hot chocolate. “Oooooh YES!” he said.
So evil Granny replied, “When we get to the playground you will all be able to have a hot chocolate (I’d packed a flask full), but anyone who makes ANY complaints WHAT-SO-EVER will not be getting any hot chocolate”.
I call this incentive!
As soon as Big Bro and Little Bro met their cousins they were off and running and having a wonderful time following the Nature Trails forgetting they were on ‘a walk’, even before we got to the playground (which was about an hour from the start) Little Bro said, “this is actually quite fun.”
The walk takes you through woods, down to the beach overlooking Poole Harbour and then through woodland again to the woodland playground.
By the time we got to the playground my phone battery was getting low so I didn’t take any more photos but this is a photo from a visit last summer
We all had a hot chocolate and the children clambered about happily playing a Star Wars inspired game for about half an hour – then back to the RSPB centre to get stickers for filling in the Nature Trail questionaire.
Little Miss M and I had clocked up 2.6 miles – making our running total 13.1 miles. Little Miss M and the other children covered at least twice that distance with their running back and forth looking for acorns, berries, flowers and shells on the beach.
Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Now Challenge.
And today this fabulous quote and picture seen on Alisa Burke’s blog
Blow the whistles, pop the cork, we’re off!
Another year of getting together to share our photographic take on a one word prompt.
For 2018 this will be a Monthly Meet-Up starting on the first Tuesday of each month.
What could be better at the start of the year than to be looking out for SPARKLES …..
The Sparkling water of the Fleet in the teeth of an icy wind
a wooden table in the woods …Crochet Christmas Snowflakes
with added Swarovski crystals
sunshine on water
and to warm us up a bit, photos taken in the Caribbean last April
It took many photos to capture the splash of the fishing net hitting the water, but I got it, and if you look closely the splash is sparkling in the sunshine.
Click on any photo to see it larger.
For a sparkly finale – this water feature is in a narrow corridor in an underground shopping centre in Japan, photographed in November 2015
Feel free to join in any time during the Month of January with your Sparkles – one photograph or many, current shots, archive post links, they are all welcome. Just leave a link in the Comments of this post.
Let’s SPARKLE together!
Thank you so much to everyone who has sent me prompt suggestions, I will get the full list together for February when the prompt is WARM