Sunday, 24 April 2011

Cardinham Woods

Today we had planned to go to Cardinham Woods near Bodmin enroute to my parents house for an early evening barbecue. As we struggled to all get showered, picnic packed, usual letting out of chickens, geese, ducks, etc (usual Wheeler household chaos) I never actually looked outside to consider the suitability of the weather, I had already accepted that the weather report WAS correct, we were going and that was that ! I had found on the Internet some weeks back that Cardinham Woods had an Easter Trail and I put it on our Easter Holidays to do list ! I knew it would probably be quite busy, but WOW, as we approached the car park the place was BUZZING with families sizzling sausages on barbecues, those that are available for everyone to use, and those that people had brought, colourful picnic rugs laden with picnic hampers and cool boxes, dogs and kids running free and much to my amazement - kids swimming in the river, brrrrrr ! It truly was an amazing sight, reminded me of what British Summertime was all about, except it was only April ! There was an empty picnic bench, Darrel jumped on it and out came the egg Mayo sandwiches, followed by a naughty but nice cream tea from the Tea Rooms.
After Rubens quick play in the children's play area we then began the Easter trail, which we decided to do backwards (don't ask !). Ruben spotted the bunny plaques along the 1.5 mile trail and figured out the clues to do the word search and handed in the form at the end to receive a prize. The sun was lovely and warm, bit chilly in the shade, to be expected for April, and even the dogs came along for a change. It was a great few hours out and I'd recommend the Woods at Easter or any other time for that matter.

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