I am feeling stupidly happy/lucky/smug right now after spending a truly beautiful day with marvellous friends.
Today we headed to the amazingly beautiful Rushmere Country Park in Heath & Reach (only 30 minutes from us here in Bedford) to meet up with some of my blogging friends from around the country and their wonderful children.
My lovely twin sister Jojo is currently visiting us, so she got to come along today and I was excited to finally introduce her to the friends she's heard so much about.
It was a true British picnic. As well as packing the usual sandwich/crisps/pork pie/fruit combo I also packed waterproofs, an umbrella, a flask of hot tea (with bone china mugs, you know me!), a packet of biscuits (naturally) some of my home-baked blondies for the grown ups, as well as the fruits of Bert's first foray into baking - his Peppa Pig cup cakes to share with his friends.
Luckily the rain held off while we ate and Bert got to have a good run around with his friends...I loved watching him having fun, running in and out of trees, and looking at the 'big boys' in awe of their tree-climbing abilities!
I captured our day on camera, and couldn't wait to share the photos on here with you... a happy, happy day!
Cuddles on the picnic blanket!
The picture above is me with my beautiful friend Donna's gorgeous daughter. She's such a beautiful and fun little girl and we had loads of fun playing together today. Donna is a great friend of mine who blogs over at What the Redhead Said... I love spending time with her and both of her wonderful children!
I also managed a selfie with my little monkey...it didn't quite go according to plan...
Quite possibly the funniest picture of Bert and I ever?!
We spent a couple of hours eating our picnics, chatting/catching up, and watching the children play. After lunch we packed up our stuff and headed into the woods for a long walk...
The woods at Rushmere are breathtaking and there's so much to see...
Fairy houses hidden amongst the trees, amazing!
After previously thinking she wouldn't be able to make it, my beautiful blogging bestie Emma (from Life According to Mrs Shilts) managed to come along with her gorgeous little boy - what an awesome surprise!
Emma lives in the West Midlands and so we don't get to see nearly as much of each other as we'd like. We try hard to get together as much as possible, but as busy working mums and with my lack of driving ability (one of the only times it truly annoys me that I don't drive) it's not always easy to make the journey to see each other. It was fab to spend the day together and Bert loved seeing her little boy, his little partner in crime!
Of course the whole day went far too fast! :-(
It occurred to me while watching Bert play amongst his friends today just how much he's grown...my baby is not so baby anymore. He seemed so grown up running around with the big kids!
It also made me realise what a GIANT Bert is for his age: at 92cm tall with size 9 feet it seems unreal that he's not yet 2 years old. I think people often assume he is a lot older than he actually is due to his size...
During our walk in the woods we found the most amazing Den to play in...
And of course Bert expanded his ever growing stick collection.
What is it about toddlers and their love of sticks?
We also realised that we are glasses twins - she obviously has great taste! ;-)
Taking photographs is one of my greatest loves and I'm particularly proud of capturing these wonderful pictures during our day...
What a photogenic bunch!
After two hours of exploring the woods we headed to the park cafe to dry off and warm up with a cuppa and something sweet.
With heavy hearts we said our farewells and headed home covered in dirt and with the good old British rain dripping from our noses!
For anybody local to Bedfordshire I would really recommend a visit to Rushmere Country Park - it was our first visit, but will definitely not be our last - we loved it!
A big thank you to Hayley over at Shutterflies for organising today's meet up - I'm so glad I came along, and feel so lucky to have spent such quality time with my wonderful blogging friends and their families.
If anyone ever asks me why I blog, then this brilliant bunch of women provide the perfect reason - who wouldn't want to be a part of this fabulous nurturing and supportive online (and real life) community?
Happy, happy times!