This weekend, Emma and I went to see my Mum and make the most of the glorious sunshine – seriously, it was officially making me contemplate not bringing my winter jacket with me. I brought it anyway, but we’re inching so much closer to summer now!
The journey to my Mum’s is one we do quite often and I can usually get there in just over an hour. If it’s timed with one of Emma’s naps; it’s so beautifully seamless, she doesn’t even realise that she’s woken up in a different county.
However Friday was not one of those days. Picture the scene: I’m driving down the A23, which has now become the M23 – the sun is beating through the window and I’m enjoying singing along to my music (a guilty pleasure). As we approach the M25, there is a billboard that says ‘M25 J8-9 SEVERE DELAYS 45 MINS’.
For a split second I don’t think this affects me. Then I think again – I contemplate going the other way round the M25, but then realise I’ll have to drive all the way through Essex, London and Buckinghamshire, probably a bad idea. The problem in this scenario is you’re so far down the M23 that you’ve committed! At this point Emma is still sleeping soundly in the back and I wonder whether it will make wake her if I have to sit in gridlocked traffic for 45 mins. In the end, we arrive hours after we left and Emma is waiting patiently to get out of her car seat, having thrown all her toys out of reach…not the best start to our weekend.
To make up for it, Mum and I decided we would do something lovely with Emma and visit Virginia Water Lake. I really love it here, especially when the weather is so beautiful.
As we arrived, there is a clearly marked large car park – it was actually huge so there was no trouble getting a space. The entrance to the lake is really well sign posted with a little cafe at the entrance too, to grab a coffee while you walk. We decided to wait a little and wandered round the lake and enjoy the sunshine.
Emma absolutely loved it as you can see! She was having a very determined battle to take her shoes and socks off (which she won in the end) but seemed to really enjoy watching all the younger kids on their bikes and scooters.
My favourite part of the walk was about half an hour from the starting point, there was swans and ducks swimming, which I love. It was so serene and I really enjoyed taking a moment to enjoy the calmness that comes with being by the water.
Shortly afterwards we found another cafe van and decided to stop for a coffee. Emma was a little bit antsy at this point and she loved sitting on the grass; Mum’s coffee cup kept her well entertaining for a while too! We decided to head back home afterwards, after a lovely afternoon in the sunshine together.
What did you get up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments below!