The sunny weather didn’t last and today has been wet. Actually, today started off very wet and we spent the morning indoors. The kids did some Sticklebrick building, Thomas and Jasmine read a couple of books each and Thomas did a Reading Eggs lesson. By mid-morning they were asking to go outside so we decided to go to a local park, Nonsuch Park, after lunch.
We have been to Nonsuch Park a few times before but not much recently. It is quite large and we usually go to the Cheam side, however I recently found out that there is a pond on the Epsom/Ewell side so that is where we headed today.
Amazingly, by the time we got there it had stopped raining! But there were plenty of muddy puddles for the kids to jump and splash in.We had a lovely walk through the Oak Plantation, identifying lots of different trees along the way. Jasmine is getting very good at leaf identification so we collected some that we weren’t sure of and brought them home to look at. We also heard lots of different bird song and Thomas surprised me by identifying the Great Tit song! He was very proud of himself!And then we found the pond! On first glance it looked quite disappointing; very small and quite dirty to be honest. But then we saw that it went much further back so we continued to walk round and found some much better spots to peer in to! We even found a little island that we could get to by balancing on some fallen logs. I think the water level was very low as it looked boggy around the edges in places, so this made getting to the island possible.A little further round still, we found some good spots were we could get right to the waters edge and we saw lots and lots of tadpoles. The kids were disappointed because they were hoping to see other things as well; maybe a fish or, in Thomas’ case he wanted to see a dragonfly larvae! If we’d had our nets with us maybe we would have seen more, but on the surface there were just tadpoles.
Once we had achieved our aim of finding the pond, it was time to wander back to the car. We carried on round and through a meadow of beautiful buttercups to end back where we’d first seen the pond. We retraced our steps back to the car and along the way the kids discovered that if they hit the branches of the wet trees, water fell on them like rain! Then they got daddy in on it and he shook the branches over them! By the time we got back to the car they really did look like they’d been caught in a heavy rain shower – just with tree bits added for effect!We had a great time on our woodland walk today. I can’t believe I never knew about that side of Nonsuch Park! We’ll most definitely be going back there again.