Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Rainy day exploring parks in Liverpool

Otterspool PromenadeSome last minute changes to plans meant  quick thinking as to where to go instead. We had all got up early so to just stop at home would have been a shame. Looking at the map, we decided to have a little trip to Liverpool and explore the parks. First stop was Otterspool Park. By the time we got there the wind had picked up and as we strolled alongside the River Mersey, the raindrops started. Hoods went up as we pushed on in the hope it was a quick shower......life buoy Otterspool, Liverpool Mersey Catchment Area Map shopping trolley River Mersey
It wasn't a quick shower! We legged it back to the cafe area for coffee and cake. In ended up being a take-out and back to the car as it was very busy and Little Bird did not like it at all. He was dragging me out saying 'I want door'. It was far too much for him to take in sensory wise with the amount of people and the echo of the room. You get used to this with a child on the spectrum but we are always happy to grab something and eat in the car instead or on nice days outside cafes. On a good spell we have eaten in places like Frankie and Benny's but at the moment LB is going through a highly sensitive stage. I know him so well and can judge what his capabilities are on any given day. Choose your battles.Sitting Bull at OtterspoolThe Sitting Bull used to be part of the Liverpool Garden Festival that I went to as a child in 1984 people, yes 1984 when I was 6 and in Mrs Jones' class. Scary! I can still remember the socks I was wearing. Little ankle socks with a frilly trim. So random a memory.Sefton Park Fairy Glen Refusing to be defeated by the rain we went to Sefton Park. I knew it had a Palm House and we could spend some time getting warm in there. I did not realise how huge the park was. It is immense. We passed a cute area known as Fairy Glen where a love/ghost story intrigues you and is a little creepy as you pass the waterfall. Worse than being spooked was that it was so slippy and we all nearly went over several times. Fairy Glen and Iron Bridge, Liverpool Fairy Glen at Sefton Park, Liverpool pine trees Hoorah, the Palm House and humid air ans exciting tropical plants. Nope. Not our day. Shut 15 minutes before we parked up. Big glum faces then pushed on in now torrential rain. The Palm House at Sefton Park Canada goose and goslings swimmingThe goose was there with its gorgeous fluffy family, I guess they were enjoying the rain and it looked very pretty in the stream, like little stars gleaming everywhere. Water was cascading down the pathways resembling mini rivers. I had water dripping off my nose and the OH was soaked. Me and LB were in raincoats at least. fountain at Sefton park Little Bird was so, so happy though. In his wellies he stomped in puddles, danced across the flooding pathways and skipped along. Despite being cold, I just couldn't help but smile. It was the perfect day as far as my 4 year old was concerned. So we spent a while, basically getting soaked so one little boy could have a whale of a time. It certainly helps for his anxiety. Puddle splashing is good for your health.rain, rain and more rain splish splash pink flowers in the rain Then it was back to the car before it sailed away, soggy coats off, heating on, some snacks and a rainy drive home for cups of hot tea and some sofa time. 


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4 comments:

Merlinda Little said...

Weird but I love the photos. They are kind of calming. I can even hear raindrops in my head. Oh no it is really raining outside =P But your photos are really good. I am so glad that you didnt let the rain stop you from enjoying the outdoors. #Countrykids

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

Fairy Glen is so beautiful, I'm glad you didn't let the rain ruin your day.

Toffeeapple said...

My Grandma used to say that the rain looked far worse through a window so you might as well go out and enjoy it. My daughter will tell you that whenever it rained she would be strapped into her pushchair and we would go WALKING. She loves it even now,we both find it very relaxing; I think you are doing the right thing by your little one. x

Coombe Mill (Fiona) said...

Well done you for not giving up on the day with so much rain and plans having to change. I realise from reading this that I am 10 years older than you. I was 16 and taking O levels in 1984! Puddles are perfect for kids to have the space and freedom they need. We have had much puddle fun here on the farm this week too. Thank you for sharing the ups and downs of your outing on Country Kids.

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