Chocolate pills! Best present form my sister in law!
I will go to great lengths to get my kids walking. I need to see new scenery and countryside.
I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to my Dad for moaning like anything as a kid during so many glorious family walks.
Our New Year’s Day…
So much cajouling and so much persuading, and much medicating with chocolate, but we made it to the top of Gotham Hill. Yep there is a Gotham near Nottingham. But it’s not pronounced as in Batman. But it does have a great story. In the 13th century King John decided to build a hunting lodge in the Nottinghamshire village. The men of the village were not pleased as it would mean giving up a considerable part of their land. After considering all their options, they decided the most effective one was to feign madness.
The Merry Tales of the Mad Men of Gotham was published in 1540 and tells of their antics.
We parked near this rather merry lamppost which brings the tales to life!
We made our way from the Royal British Legion car park down a track, L grumbling loads already.
We started some not very merry hill climbing which involved me and Mr A having to go back and convince L to move and waded through some really sloppy mud. We rushed out without checking what footwear they had on, so G’s brand new white trainers took a beating.
But by the time they reached the top, the wind was wild and they were wailing to go home. We nearly turned back, but suddenly Mr A had them skipping through the bracing wind and I was admiring the views.
We even found a well placed bench and they stopped to recover! Apparently the wood is full of Christmas decorations, but it was so muddy and even with wellies it looked like it would end in someone knee deep in mud.
This is me smiling because we are finally making progress, seeing nice views and not listening to whinging.
We even met a horse, which cheered grumpy L up!
How do you get your kids walking? Here’s to more cheerful ones in 2015 – they aren’t always this bad honest! Done any nice ones recently?