Picnic at Holt Country Park & Family BBQ

Today was a lovely end to the Bank Holiday weekend.  Nils was on his way home from Boston and would arrive in Kings Lynn mid-afternoon, T picking him up and returning to Gunthorpe to meet up with them and havea a BBQ.  So the kids and I planned to head to the beach with our lunch and have a picnic first.
Unfortunately, Soren did not like the multi-colored, really cute plaid shorts which I picked out for him, so he threw a major tantrum.  Out of character, yet not the first time, so he stayed upstairs, screaming and crying and whatever he was doing for 34 minutes!  That was a looonnnnngggg time.  Once he finally came to grips and put on a plain pair of shorts, and his red polo shirt UNDER his Spiderman t-shirt despite me saying it may look silly, we set off dressed for the beach.
I’d say that color looks silly but he’s so cute so he’s okay!

As the sun was in full force shining and it was about 22 degrees, I knew we had to get sunscreen first.  So as we were driving, I thought instead of the beach, which I’m certain was going to be packed due to the weather and Bank Holiday, perhaps we could go someplace more shady on the way to Gunthorpe.  So my idea was a picnic at Holt Country Park and they agreed!  As we were not dressed for a hike in the woods, we opted to only have a picnic and then some time in the playground area.  There they both climbed the rock wall, up and down the slide, scaled the beams and ropes and had lots of pretend play at the mushrooms.  Soren pretended he was the cook and made us wood chip cake.  It was funny as for about 10 minutes it was only us in the playground and then suddenly there were over 15 kids with us.

Afterwards, we headed to Gunthorpe.  J’ scoot bike was a big hit with our kids – who both liked and tried out, but it is not easy on gravel.  Maebh especially liked it and is really interested in one.  I know she’d really like a mini micro scooter like some of her friends have at home.  When I asked her which one she wanted, naturally she replied with BOTH! As they are a small fortune, we’ll hold off and see if we can pick up one second hand.

Pake & Beppe’s backyard is always fun for the kids to run around and play. There is a big pond, several streams, which with boots they can go inside.  J just got a new shrimp net, which they both want, so they were playing with that too.  Next time we head to the beach, we’re picking up their own nets so they can catch stuff in the rock pools.
Maebh sitting alone eating chips while everyone else was away.

As the large pond is loaded with frog eggs, Beppe took some and put into a large jar so the kids could see it the tadpoles growing.  She even made a small jar for us to be able to take home but Soren knocked it over by accident but landed all over Beppe’s beige shorts.  We forgot to take it home, but I think it’s best to leave it there, so they can go back inside the pond, as we do not have any water here for them.  Or we could bring them to the pond at Soren’s Forest Schools area.  I’ll have to ask her what will happen next – because if each of those polywogs things turn into a frog, they’d never get out of the jar top.  Perhaps her plan is to pour back into the pond.  I found this helpful site online which shows the life stages of them.

Beppe also created a tee-pee which we all thought was a lot of fun. It’s amazing how cool it was inside.  Would be fun to have one in our yard too.

Here we are playing shoot the raisin into my mouth.

R fired up the charcoal BBQ (which was so easy and didn’t take as long as I thought it would) and we had a yummy meal outside in the courtyard.  The area is great as the kids cannot get out and they played with sticks and had a lot of fun in the corner area.

I really need to get some stuff for outside in our back yard like a BBQ (will try charcoal) along with some tables/chairs and a fire pit!  I’m really looking forward to summer, hopefully I can fill up the backyard with items from car boot sales and the auction!

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