“It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon.”
Sarah Addison Allen, First Frost
Sunday is my favourite day of the week. It always holds a promise of relaxed mornings, indulgent roast dinners, family snuggles and recently, warm fires & twinkles of scented candles. However this Sunday we added a “we should do this more often” walk in the park which was just perfection.
With crunchy leaves and fresh conkers under our feet we headed to Calderstone’s Park, a mere stones throw from Strawberry fields and John Lennon’s childhood home.
Under a vibrant palette of sunflower yellows, red chilli reds and emerald greens, the park was alive with the colour of autumn. The accompanying soundtrack consisted of children’s laughter, couples whispers, birds singing and Henry’s babbles and gurgles. I kept looking out for Mary Poppins and Bert to help us fly and Kite and well, send it soaring…
Our first order of business on arriving at the park was to head down to the newly opened Cheshire ice cream parlour. With a delightful mix of mouth watering sorbets and creams, we came over all nostalgic picking our favourite ice cream flavours, for me it was rhubarb and custard. With Henry unaware of the magic of ice-cream, we thankfully enjoyed our cones whilst watching the hustle and bustle of family life.
Nestled amongst old converted stables the clever people at The Reader Organisation have opened a Story Barn, an interactive cosy corner of children’s books. Perfect for Henrys new found love for a story time.
Sugared up we then walked through the beautiful botanical gardens, the Japanese of which reminded me of Mr Miyagi’s home. The gardens boasted the best hiding places for hide & seek and spy adventures (ok you get the point, Calderstones is perfect for kids).
Before heading home via the lake we couldn’t resist popping Henry onto the swings. After tucking him in with a multitude of coats and blankets, I was disappointed his first word didn’t become “Higher”, but hey we had ice-cream.
If you visit Calderstones, let me know what you loved? x