Today we walked from Pilgrims Way across Surrey Hills and through some of Chantry Woods. We had planned to go to Pewley Downs but found we couldn’t follow our planned route as the path was too narrow once we were almost there. We had to come another way along some country lanes and then streets back to town.
We spotted lots of different plants and trees including elder, speedwell, dock, nettles, plantain, oak and horse chestnut. Also saw a rabbit, squirrels and various birds. Found a magpie feather to bring home and ticked off lots in Jack’s I- Spy nature book.
We had a really nice day at Crystal Palace Park today. The weather was lovely and journey not bad at all. There was plenty of open space for running around and Jack really enjoyed the maze. We also did a bit of poke hunting and caught Stantler.
Unfortunately we visited on the only day the farm is closed, which was a shame as Rowan would have loved to see the animals. He did have fun spotting the dinosaurs on the dino trail. Definitely somewhere to visit again.
We spent the weekend in St Leonards and visited Hastings old town and then Battle Abbey on Sunday. Most of Saturday was spent on the beach having lunch, Poke hunting and looking for interesting rocks. On Sunday we spent most of the day looking around the Abbey and battlefield. Jack grumbled a bit about having nothing to do but was soon happily running round, reading the information boards and listening to the audio guide. He was adding in his own bits and bobs of information that he had learnt online last week. Afterwards we got the train back to Hastings, to the beach again. Jack was soon off exploring and found a crab washed up by the tide coming in. We also saw some seagulls sitting on rocks catching their lunch as the tide came in.
Monday Jack played Dinosaur King as always and won some prizes from the 2p machines. We had a cooked breakfast and then headed home.
On Saturday we had a bad day and Jack left his bag, containing his 3DS and two tins of Pokemon cards on the train. I phoned the stations Sunday and Monday and it hadn’t been found.
Then on Wednesday I had a phone call and it had turned up at Waterloo! So we got ready and headed off to collect it. It seemed a bit of a waste travelling to them come straight home so decided to use Jack’s Merlin pass and go to the Sealife Centre. Jack used to love them when he was in his fish/ocean loving phase and I wondered if he might just get quickly bored. But in fact he seemed to love it and was excitedly reading all the information about the fish and telling me other bits and pieces he already knew. We were really lucky to be in the right place at the right time just before leaving. I stopped to feed Rowan and the sea turtles appeared and were swimming up and down past the viewing window.
After the Sealife we decided to go to the Lego shop in Leicester Square and did end up buying a few bits – a Lego London bus, three custom minifigures and two Batman Lego Movie minifigures. We also had a look in the Nickelodeon shop.