This year I’ve decided that January is not a depressing month, it’s just a state of mind. Yes, it’s a cold month and yes we’re suffering the financial hang-over of Christmas but it’s just another month. I don’t really do new year’s resolutions but this year, I am making an effort to enjoy January. I recently read this wonderfully positive post by Mummy of Boy Girl Twins, which really opened my mind to ‘beating the January blues’.
With that said, I made a little list of free activities or ‘adventures’ in our area and today, with the sun shining, we headed off on our first adventure. The girls have long enjoyed The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child books (by Julia Donaldon and Axel Scheffler) and watched the TV adaptations until they know the words off by heart. So I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, we went on one of the Forestry Commission’s many Gruffalo’s Child Trails. There are 24 trails dotted around the country and our nearest one was at Alice Holt in Surrey.
We all had a great time walking around the forest, following the trail and finding a different character from the books around each corner. Luckily we all had our wellies on as it may have been a sunny day but the ground was muddy and pretty wet. I think this made the day even better for the girls as they love splashing around in ‘muddy puddles’ – Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for! We climbed into a ‘log-pile house’ and a giant wooden owl (as well as a random huge butterfly, which doesn’t feature in the books but it was pretty and the girls loved it), we hunted out the cut-out characters and had a truly fun family day out.
Here are some of my favourite shots or should I say ‘captured moments’ from the day…