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The big green in the big smoke – #CountryKids

Last weekend we went down to London to meet my cousin (that’s the boys first cousin once removed – we’ve looked it up!) and his wife who had just flown in from Australia. We drove to my brother and family’s flat in West London, where Granny and Grandad had also stayed the night, parked there, had a cuppa and used my niece’s darkened quiet bedroom to feed Joel in as he really doesn’t want to miss out on excitement so won’t feed properly when we’re out.

Lovely scenery on the drive down, and waiting for the bus in London

Lovely scenery on the drive down, and waiting for the bus in London

Then we all headed out to Richmond. There were no trains running on the overground line that we needed due to engineering works. So a rail replacement bus it was. Fortunately Andrew loves any form of transport, so a bus was almost as exciting as a train. After crawling through some pretty heavy Sunday traffic, we arrived at Richmond station.

Running around on Richmond Green, with yellow bouncy ball

Running around on Richmond Green, with yellow bouncy ball

There was about half an hour before our Aussie family would arrive, so we walked up the high street and turned down a side road that led to Richmond Green. Andrew was keen to get his bouncy ball out, the one he got as a souvenir from Birdland two weeks previously, and throw/kick it whilst running around, including towards some pigeons who (funnily enough) ran away at this, much to Andrew’s surprise. His uncle and aunt also had a kick about of his small football. As we were on this big green, I found it amazing to think that we were in London – just behind a row of buildings was the busy high street with buses, cars and trains going by, and yet we had a lovely green space to run around on away from the hustle and bustle.

Walking by the Thames and feeding the geese/pigeons (and Joel eating lunch)

Walking by the Thames and feeding the geese/pigeons (and Joel eating lunch)

As time got on, we headed back to the station to meet the visitors, and then we all crossed the road to have lunch at an Italian restaurant. Once we’d enjoyed a yummy meal, we had a leisurely walk back along the high street and back across the green, where Andrew insisted, quite rightly, on getting his bouncy ball out again, and then we carried on down to the river. It was such a beautiful day, so we walked along the river for a while. Andrew found a wall to walk on that separated the path from a grassy bank on our left (the river was to our right.

He was still insistent that he needed his ball, even though we tried on several occasions to suggest that we put it away now so it didn’t roll into the river. And as we had feared, the bouncy ball that was so new did meet a very watery end that day and must now be residing at the bottom of the Thames! He also invented a new game called run around the tree until you’re dizzy – the last bit of it is in the video, along with Granny asking where his ball is and me and him saying it’s in his hand, so this was before the fatal lob Thames-ward.

After a coffee/cold drink stop in a riverside cafe, where Joel also had a small attempt at feeding, we headed back to the station to wave the Aussies on their way back to their London stop over flat, and then we caught the bus back to our car and drove home – two very tired boys fell asleep almost straight away.

Homeward bound

Homeward bound

ย Linking up with #CountryKids over at Coombe Mill’s blog again today ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 Responses to “The big green in the big smoke – #CountryKids”

  1. What a lovely day out! I can see Andrew and Joel enjoyed themselves in the beautiful Richmond Green. Let’s hope the Aussie family have managed to bring the sun with them. Thanks for linking up to Country Kids.

    • Ruth says:

      Ah yes, would be lovely if the sun stays! I realise I don’t put many pictures of Joel in, because he’s always in the sling wrapped to me. One day I’ll do a post on that! Thanks for hosting, I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. What a lovely day! When I lived in London I loved walking along the Thames, especially on summer evenings. Richmond Park is beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ruth says:

      It’s lovely to be somewhere so green in the big city. Think I may have called Richmond Green the wrong thing! I was just going on what others were saying when we were there ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. sarah says:

    what a lovely day out, Hope you are having fun with your family over form Aus.

    • Ruth says:

      Thanks, yes they are having fun travelling around seeing all the various family members and touristy places

  4. Ah, sounds like such a great day! I love the exhausted children in the homeward bound photos!
    xx

    • Ruth says:

      Yes it was, and I always think the sign of a good day is how quickly they fall asleep on the way home! x

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