I have to say that the past few weeks have been pretty tough going. There wasn’t much time between seeing the New Year in and going back to work/school and it’s taken a while to adjust. Add to that 5 birthday parties, a couple of nasty viruses and trips to Exeter for the past couple of weekends to visit TJ’s poorly great-grandad and we don’t feel that we’ve really had much quality family time of late.
This weekend, we decided to go to Devon straight from work on Friday night to see grandad and then head back on Saturday (for a double birthday party!) so that we could have a ‘home day’ on Sunday.
When we woke up this morning, the weather was beautiful. Minus 1, but with a bright blue winter sky and we knew we needed to get out and about for some fresh air. TJ was super excited when he saw the video a couple of weeks ago of his friend M riding his bike that we decided to go for a walk/ride along the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth.
We joined the trail at Sandsfoot Castle and cycled all the way to Smallmouth Bay (near to Ferrybridge). TJ hasn’t been on his bike since August but soon got the hang of it again and only managed to ride into one pedestrian along the way which was pretty good going I thought! The views were absolutely amazing and, although it was full of people with the same idea as us, there was plenty of room for everyone.
Once we got to Smallmouth, we got out some paints and paper and sat on the sand while TJ did some painting. It was so lovely to be on a beach again and it was actually quite warm considering it’s January.
With the promise of an ice cream, TJ managed to cycle back in record quick time. We had just enough time for a bit of pirate spotting from the castle and tree climbing before heading back for the Sunday night bath and bed ready for another busy week ahead.