Our Glorious Lord declared Sunday to have been England's warmest day of 2014, it was absolutely beautiful. We opened the patio doors, dragged the sand pit out from under the tree and the outdoor toys came out from the shed. We watched the hens sunbathe and dust bathe and let the yellow blooms of the daffodils and narcissus add some vibrancy to the already sunny day. It was perfectly Spring time and brought smiles to everyone's faces. We headed for a new-to-us park - Evington Park for all of you locals - and the three of us (for a wonderful change) strolled, explored, sat, pondered, played hide and seek, laughed together in the play area and did some people watching. It felt like the whole country was on a natural high.
Around the corner from Evington park is Evington Arboretum, and the photos above are from mine and D's afternoon spent there the weekend before. We hadn't ever been (it has a dodgy reputation for things which go on in the evening...) but we headed there as the day was bright and sunset was far off. I think it is to be one of our new favourites. There is a shallow stream running through it and it brought back memories from my own childhood when we occasionally went to Thornton-le-dale with our Jack Russell cross and paddled in the gently running stream with her and hopped along stepping stones. (Click that link, its beautiful!). So I let D build his own memories of doing the same and in he went, up to his thighs, wellies full of water and soggy pants. Water liberally poured from his wellies as he swung on the old tyre swing between the trees, you can see it on the photo. Tree climbing, dog stroking and running came after and then it was back to our usual stripping off soaked clothes and driving home with him in his pants beside me. Definitely a day to be repeated soon God willing, soggy pants and all.