Photographs from Cassiobury Park

August 4, 2014

We headed over to Hertfordshire to see my mum and one of my brothers the day after POD’s (un)birthday celebrations. It was another glorious day and POD insisted on wearing a party dress, ladybird wings and deeley boppers. Mum’s garden backs onto the 190 acre Cassiobury Park in Watford so we headed there for a picnic.

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After a brief ride on Daddy’s shoulders, POD raced down the hill at great speed. Her incentive the bouncy castle and play area at the bottom.

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Having had a look around (let herself into the play area) we found a nice spot for a picnic. POD made herself comfortable almost as soon as the blanket was down with Daddy creating additional shade with a shopping trolley. Mum brought a great spread that included sausages, sandwiches, crisps, cheese and treats. Someone couldn’t wait to get stuck in!

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POD was given a mini golf set by Grandma so she spent a time playing with Daddy although this mostly involved chasing after him with the clubs. She was then treated to a Twix shortbread which I suspect she rather enjoyed!

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Having lined the stomachs, we headed over to the miniature railway for a train ride.  It’s a pretty little route and great fun too – POD was grinning from ear to ear throughout.

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Next stop were the paddling pools (POD tested all of them) before getting changed and enjoying an ice-cream. The ladybird wings were back in place before long and the climbing skills were put to good use.

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The nature reserve we visited next was so peaceful, hardly a soul around – such a contrast to the play area. Wonderful for us and for POD who got to explore and chat to a few ducks. We saw a dragonfly too but Mummy was too slow to photograph it.

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POD spent a while trying to convince her uncle there was something in the hole of this tree. It’s like history repeating itself. I remember being told the wombles lived in our garden by the previous owner of a house we moved into. I was only five at the time and spent years calling for Orinoco…we didn’t even live in Wimbledon!

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast and #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.

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  • brummymummyof2 August 4, 2014 at 5:59 am

    Oh I love being the only person when you are walking around. It feels so magical doesn’t it? And those ladybug wings are hilarious! My girl would love those for her fancy dress box! Beautiful xxx

  • Mummy Says August 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

    this isn’t too far from us so I will put it on our list of days out! I adore the ladybird wings too – so so cute. x

  • Erica Price August 4, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Love the idea of walking around a nature reserve in ladybird wings. Beautiful pictures as always.

  • YouBabyMeMummy August 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

    She looks amazing! I adore those wings. This looks like such a lovely place to visit. x

  • Jeannette @autismmumma August 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

    What an amazing place and lovely pictures. I think I NEED some ladybird wings for me, they’re fab!

  • The Reading Residence August 4, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love her outfit choice! Boo would love those wings! Looks like a lovely place to visit and the train’s a fun addition, too x

  • Manneskjur August 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Looks lovely Charly – and I love those butterfly wings to bits!

  • Maria August 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Wow, what a lovely day you all had! I love the lady bug wings. It makes her look like a fairy frolicking about.


  • Jenny August 4, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    What a lovely place in the world to visit. I need to look for places to explore more when I get home. Stunning. Your photos always make me smile and your little pod is like an angel in all of them. So bittersweet. i love her swings. So cute. Definitely captured childhood here and fairyland playing. Thanks for hosting. #whatsthestory

  • Karen Bell August 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    What a lovely day out together and looks like a beautiful place. Train rides are always fun 🙂

  • Louise August 4, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous photos – looks like it was a wonderful day out and I just love those ladybird wings 🙂

  • Iona@redpeffer August 4, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    What a lovely way to enjoy a family day out. Super pics as always too 🙂

  • WallyMummy August 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Her hair is getting so long now! Love the colour too – so pretty xxx It’s really lovely watching her grow up through your beautiful photos Charly xxx

  • sustainablemum August 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I remember visiting that park as a child, I grew up in Hertfordshire, it seemed huge and a great place to play. It looks like you had a grand day out 🙂

  • Louisa August 5, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    The mini train looks fab. Where are Pod’s wings from? I have 2 girls who would love some for their dressing up box. Lovely photos as always. You make me want to be a better photographer 🙂

  • Southbourne Gardens August 5, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Happy (un) birthday POD!

  • mummy to boyz August 7, 2014 at 7:52 am

    How cool is it to have a tree with wombles living in grannies garden when you are little! 🙂

  • Mummytries August 9, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Stunning photos as always Charly 🙂 love this park, one of my besties lives in Apsley and we’ve been a few times #CountryKids

  • Karen August 9, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Just beautiful as always. Love how little girls can get away with party dresses and wings just because, she looks fab x

  • Potty Mouthed Mummy August 9, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Oh these pictures are completely gorgeous!!! Adore the wings 🙂 xx

  • Dean August 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Love her ladybird wings! Lovely photos as usual 🙂 #CountryKids.

  • Kim Carberry August 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Aww! Those ladybird wings! Gorgeous!!
    Stunning photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun x

  • MummaG August 11, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    So lovely to feed her imagination with the idea of mystery creatures livng in the trees. I used to love he wombles 🙂

  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk) August 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I am so sad to missed whats the story linky in 2 consecutive weeks. I am just really in a bad place right now. I am going to definitely join next week.

    Your Mom has a nice back garden =P I wish we have something like this at our back too! Such a nice day as evident to pod’s smiles. #countrykids

  • Sonia Constant August 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Totally beautiful photos – looks like an amazing day out and great memories. Outdoor fun at its best in the summer x

  • Becky Cowley August 17, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    What a great day out! Beautiful photos as always, I love POD as a ladybird x

  • Carolynne @ Mummy Endeavours January 13, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Ah we live just round the corner from here and often pop there after school, especially in the summer x