Murky Richmond Park V Spring Richmond Park ~ a collection of visual delight!
During the February Half Term I decided to pack a rucksack, full of water & snacks, very necessary of course, don’t you think? We also donned some waterproofs and walking boots to explore Richmond Park that seems to have grown lakes in it that were not there 18 months ago, some you will see in the pictures. It just goes to show exactly how much water has fallen over the last few months.
There is such an abundance of things to do in Richmond Park, this post not only is predominantly visual, but with this hopefully highlights the ‘natural’ experiences that especially children can have. Why go to a playground on concrete to play when you can go to Richmond Park?
It is for me a visual delight, but for children there are dens to find, bugs and crawlies to hunt. There are birds to learn about, nesting and water life plus as you can see further down, fun to be had in trees. Trees are for climbing surely?
There is wood cut to make dens out of, or better still what about the King Trees as I call them at the top of Bone Copse. I have made up many stories of adventure in this area of Richmond Park. There are so many magnificent and majestic trees in this area, all standing like a proud army.
Around them are scattered dens, points to make hideouts, to strike against the army around. Children just have such a great imagination. Mind you I will warn there is a ditch running right across the grass as you will see in some pics.
At the time of walking it was pretty horrendous for someone like me, with a dodgy back and not willing to fall in the quagmire of mud. However the children saw it as a challenge and loved it, got completely covered, Teddy however was having none of it and walked with me to a ‘safe place’ to cross, hehe. Some pics of our adventures!
We are ready to go, come on mummy!
Cabbages looking mighty tasty!
Mmmmm red cabbage looking ready to eat, the allotment is full of colour.
Uh oh rather dilapidated man cave
Eeerie looking tree, know where this is?
Ivy looking rather lush
Come on, stop taking piccies, mummy
The Palewell Common football area
Erm kids seem to think they need weapons to go for a walk.
These ducks just would not keep still for me.
Rather fantastic fallen branch.
Stunning colours from carnage
Yup we are heading to Roehampton Gate
Now we are in Richmond Park at the Roehampton Gate end…..a water adventure awaits us….
A new lake.
Wellies a definite must here!
Up, up and over the hill and a few ditches we go!
Tree with snake like branches.
Beauty in tree growths, fungi anyone?
Up, up the hill towards the army of trees.
Rugby and birds, not an unusual combination…winks.
Up we go…
Wooo hooo, leaping child.
Are we going to make it over?
Ditch to traverse first
No way am I going over that.
Just look at his shoes…no not the tomahawk, I mean why does he have that? 😀
Finally we are up where the ‘army of trees’ are, time to play, feast and relax a little!
Yup nearly there.
Let’s go in the den.
oh yah I like it here mummy.
Leaves to kick up underfoot, hoorah!
Dens, dens, dens….
We are barking mad here!
A King has fallen
History just at a glance
I love these colours
We start our journey home…
The Kingdom of Trees is soon to be a distant but fun memory as we head our way back home…a little way to go yet though ~
I miss this!
On our way hoome
A regular sight
Time for a cuppa?
A trough or stone bed?
Our gate home.
Is it just me or is this rude?
Do I have to come out of this hole?
The Spring Version (if you scroll over the pictures with your mouse you will see captions!)
On this little adventure we traversed from Palewell Common, roadside towards the Sheen Gate entrance of Richmond Park. As you can see the blossoming Spring was sneaking up its pretty little head even on the roadside. The photos were edited and posted on my Eclectic odds n sods blog, hence the name on some piccies.
Magnolia blossom peeking out
lush red berries
A sprinkle of colour in Palewell Common
Sunshine in a flower
Cascading Spring time
Fit for a Spring Wedding
Whose watching yah?
A well earned liquid break
At last Richmond Gates
Yup we are really here!
Now we have a little fun, my eldest spotted a face within a tree. It has ginger hair, can you see? I certainly would not have spotted anything like that. Why not see if you can go and find the “Tree with the smiling face” in it. (if you can’t find it and want another try, just ask me in my comments section, I might give you a clue)
My eldest expertly points out the face
Such a great smile and bright ginger hair!
You might see the face a little better from further back.
So we are fully in Richmond Park now and work our way down by the lake, back through Roehampton Gate to go through Palewell Common and back home. Some visual delights await you!
Sun sprinkling through the trees
A hide hole
The lake is awash with birds
Urban v country
The sun reaches through
I am listening, honest!
Another peek hole my kids love to look through
A woody adventure
A little bit of shadow play never hurt anyone. Why not try some yourself? Who is that shadow watching the burly man on the log, looks a bit scary, the shadow or the man? 😀 (he is my husband so I am allowed to say that!)
Who is watching him?
Capture a loving shadow
Family shadow trampled by Teddy
I love these photos, one of my son standing on the tree that has proved to be such great fun for them over the years as one can climb in and up, they are a bit big now to get up the hollow branches but they can certainly stand on them. The other picture just a little dreamy don’t you think?
A solitary figure in the playing tree
Sunshine stretches through the branches
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