A Mother’s Day Stroll

Sunday 30th March,

Having lost an hour of sleep, due to the clocks having gone forward, the girls woke up later than usual, but still in time to have breakfast before we needed to leave the house, for our stroll. With them suitably fed, dressed and with enough food and drinks for the day, off we set.

With Keilyn strapped into the new battlewagon, and Erin walking along with us, we took the Ebury Way and headed towards Rickmansworth. It wasn’t long before Keilyn was asleep, while Erin picked up leaves and sticks.

Normally we drop down on to the tow-path of the Grand Union Canal, at Lock 80, and follow that towards Rickmansworth, but, this time, we decided to carry on along the Ebury Way. As we passed by the various fishing lakes, where trees are being felled and banks cleared, we spotted some small rabbits, nestled near their burrows, just above the waterline of the river.

Emma holds the girls as we prepare to clear moorings.

Me with Erin and Keilyn, aboard the Pride of Batchworth.

Me with Erin and Keilyn, aboard the Pride of Batchworth.

Finally, we arrived at the Rickmansworth Canal Centre, where we stopped at Cafe @ Lock 81 for a drink and a quick bite to eat, before we boarded the Pride of Batchworth narrowboat, for a short trip. Since we were the only passengers, we sat at the front of the boat and enjoyed the ride. We spotted Coots, Moorhens, Canada Geese, Mallards and Swans, as the boat took us towards Stockers Lock, where a three-point turn was made, before heading back to Batchworth Lock.

Narrowboats along the Grand Union Canal.

Narrowboats along the Grand Union Canal.

On our way back to Batchworth Lock, we followed the goose.

On our way back to Batchworth Lock, we followed the goose.

One of the pedestrian bridges, near Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

One of the pedestrian bridges, near Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

A small boat rests on the bottom of the Grand Union Canal.

A small boat rests on the bottom of the Grand Union Canal.

After thanking our ‘Captain’ we headed on to Rickmansworth High  Street, before heading to the back of the council offices, where there were benches that we could sit at to eat and feed Keilyn. Beside us there was a spiral staircase, which had left an interesting effect on the pavement, so I took a photo, while Keilyn finished her lunch.

An interesting effect, left by the rain falling from the steps above.

An interesting effect, left by the rain falling from the steps above.

With lunch finished, and time ticking by, we headed back to the Ebury Way and headed towards home. With Erin beginning to flag a little, she hopped back in to the battlewagon, at which point Keilyn decided it was time to stretch her legs. So, out she came. After I had carried her for a short while I put her on my shoulders, until she clamoured to get down.

Keilyn sits on my shoulders, on the Ebury Way.

Keilyn sits on my shoulders, on the Ebury Way.

So, I put her down and she walked, while holding my hand. Then Erin wanted to join in, so Erin and I held Keilyn’s hands and the three of us walked a little way. Keilyn then decided that she could do it herself, so we let her hands go, and she took her first solo steps along the Ebury Way.

Erin and I help Keilyn take her first steps along the Ebury Way.

Erin and I help Keilyn take her first steps along the Ebury Way.

Keilyn takes her first solo walk along the Ebury Way.

Keilyn takes her first solo walk along the Ebury Way.

Eventually Keilyn fell asleep, just as we met my mum at the King George V playing fields. My mum had been for a walk, earlier in the day with a walking group. They had walked up Baldwins Lane, along Little Green Lane and down through the fields and woods onto Rousebarn Lane, before heading back to their start point. Now mum was pushing her dad around the King George V playing fields. Erin gave my mum and granddad some daffodils, that she had picked from around the edges of the playing fields, before trying to get to grips with the exercising machines that are dotted around the fields, while mum, granddad, Emma and I had a quick catch-up. After saying our ‘goodbyes’, we headed home so that we could sort the girls out, as their little body clocks were still on GMT rather than BST.

My mum arrived, not long after the girls had finished their tea, so that we were finally able to give our Mother’s Day present and Erin and Keilyn could give their ‘Nannie’s Day’ present, to her. We chatted for a bit, before Emma disappeared upstairs, to get herself ready for work. How Emma manges to do a twelve-hour night-shift, after a day of walking a good five or six miles, is beyond me. But she does.

With the girls in bed, and Emma at work, it wasn’t long before tiredness set in. Mum headed off home and I busied myself with tidying up the toys and settling down for an early night.

All-in-all it was yet another great day out, and in, with my family.

 

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2 responses to “A Mother’s Day Stroll

  1. It was a very difficult day having lost mum such a short time ago. Oh how I miss her. But the trek with my walking group and another shorter walk on my own to collect my thoughts helped. Felt I needed to get dad out of the house too, though the fact that it was Mother’s Day appeared to have passed him by, bless him.
    My cards and pressies from you and the girls were lovely and seeing the family is always uplifting. Glad you had a good walk too. Nice photos.

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