Autumn walks and muddy bottoms
It is getting nippy. Nippier day by day. It is also getting rainy, and rainier day by day. It has been a while since we had clear weather here in London (or so it feels with all the week spent chained to an office desk). When we finally had a weekend without rain, we were keen to go out and enjoy the fresh, nippy air. We woke up early, went to get breakfast at Toby Carvery nearby us, and afterwards enjoyed a nice little walk on their grounds.
This location is so pretty, next to some fields and woods, and the bar/restaurant is actually quite a beautiful mansion type of a house. It was lovely just walking around the grounds, looking at the scenery, running after the little one, picking up leafs to examine them, trotting in the mud, tumbling down in the mud (our little one, thankfully not us...).
We didn't stay too long, but we shall surely be back. Next time I think we will have another mighty breakfast with bacon and waffles with honey, and trot along to the nearby pond to gaze at the ducks, and walk around in the woods. Who knows, we might even see some horses and their riders around.
After a long week at work, and hours of commuting back and forth central London and zone 5, I just feel so tired of living where we do. It feels far from everything. Yet, it is not quite countryside, nor is it quite a city. It is sort of in between, suburbia. But places we visited, a little hidden place of countryside nearly next to us, make it feel like it is home. And a great place to raise kids in.
... And sometimes get your bottom muddy in.