I had hoped that the summer break would give me the opportunity to have a bit of downtime – time to reset and just enjoy the children without the pressure of planning work and getting through things.
We have managed to have lots of rest time, but I think we have still managed to get out and about a fair bit too – despite the seemingly endless bad weather we have had!
We made a trip to Hare Hill in Macclesfield for a wander around. Hare Hill isn’t a large site, but the children had a great time exploring the site and we really enjoyed the garden too.
The garden is a real sun trap and the beautiful flowers are brilliant for butterflies and there was a real abundance of a wide variety of butterflies whilst we were there. We spent a good while watching them flutter around us. The children were keen to try and get the butterflies to land on them. But I think they were put off by a rather exuberant Harry so they didn’t venture too close to us!
After a good look in the gardens, we continued around the site, following a Wind in the Willows trail. They enjoyed looking for the various bits of the trail and of course, the interactive bits were their favourites.
We stopped for a bite to eat before making our way to a large wooded area that was perfect for stick collecting and play. When we got back to the entrance we had a good look at the wooden hare’s – there are some very cute ones (our favourite one was the one washing its ears!) The children collected their badges for completing the trail and we headed home, after a much-needed couple of hours in the fresh air.
Hare Hill is a great site for a walk, and it’s safe and not too big which meant that H could keep up with his siblings. There was a small ice cream concession whilst we were there situated close to a used books room. There was ample car parking as well as a few spots set up with picnic benches.
There’s some work ongoing near the ponds, and I look forward to seeing how that develops over the coming months/year as it looks like it’s a large project that will add a lot to the site.