Picnics, Daisy Chains, Dancing & Memories

April 13, 2015


Sefton Park 4

We are lucky that we live in an area with so many great places to visit, not only that but many of them are completely free so when we are stuck for somewhere to go we can just grab a picnic and visit a park. Sefton Park in Liverpool is somewhere I have wanted to take my boys for the longest time. It is such a massive open space with so much to explore and we spent most of the day there and still didn’t see it all.

I remember my Grandad taking me and my brother there when I was younger and it will always remind me of him, the way he showed us round and told us stories from his childhood. He was always such a fantastic story teller – so much so that you were never sure whether he was pulling your leg or not but mostly I remember that day as it was somewhere that was obviously important to him. I know he didn’t have an easy childhood yet he had a lot of happy memories there. My Grandad has been gone many, many years now but recently the feeling of missing him hits me as if it was only yesterday. Maybe it is because I was 18 when he died, I was so different to the person I am now. Mostly it is because I wish he could know my boys and I wish they could know him. I adored him and my childhood is littered with amazing memories of him. I didn’t intend for this post to be about him but visiting his old stomping ground made me think of him all the more. It’s sad that I forget the little things that made him so special and that sometimes I have to think hard to remind myself of them but the park gave me a chance to talk about him and share some of his stories, I wish I could remember more.

We had a lovely family day in the park and I made a little video to share some of the fun we had. There isn’t much better than letting your children just run free outside and we didn’t even visit the amazing playground they have there. We had a picnic in the sun, ran up and down the big hills, introduced Lucas to daisy chains and watched Boo test out his walking skills on the grass. We wandered round the enormous lake, spotting the ducks and swans and listened to Bear quacking from the pushchair. We raced around the daffodils and hunted out the beautifully restored Palmhouse. On our way out we stopped for ice cream and danced past the busker by the fountain. We forgot about everything other than our own little family for a few hours and it was just bliss.

Sefton Park 2

Sefton Park Palmhouse

Sefton Park 5

Sefton Park

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  • Coombe Mill

    What a lovely chilled looking day. Sunshine, a picnic and wide open space, definitely a time and a place for making memories. I love your daisy chain in the video, I’ve been trying with our farm daisies but I keep breaking the stalks. I’m sure my little fingers of youth were much better for the job! Thank you for sharing a perfect family day on Country Kids.

    April 14, 2015 at 12:11 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Fiona, my husband seems to have the knack for Daisy chains…and the patience! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Steph Martin

    Ah looks like such a lovely time 🙂 Love the video, the boys are so cute and they remind me so much of my girls, must be the similar ages 😀 xx

    April 14, 2015 at 11:21 am Reply
  • Notmyyearoff

    Its so lovely you have such strong memories of your Grandad and your time with him. I was never very close to mine but I see that bond in z and my parents now and its amazing. It sounds like your Grandad would have absolutely doted on your boys, and they may have climbed all over him! 🙂

    April 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Ha, probably! I know he’d have loved them! Grandparents are so special and it does sound like Z love his!

      April 20, 2015 at 9:34 am Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    I love the video lovely and the twins are looking so grown up! I love Lucas’ t-shirt- what a dude! And it looks like such a great day out. x

    April 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thanks Katie, video is totally inspired by your lovely little films. They aren’t of us going anywhere terribly exciting but I love that they capture out boys and will be there to look back on xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:28 am Reply
  • Tina

    What a sweet day, spending with all your boys running around natural and free, thinking of your granddad. He was there with you in spirit. It’s always so heartwarming and wonderful to introduce your children to things that your family has introduced to you. Passing on traditions:)

    April 14, 2015 at 7:15 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Aww thanks Tina, what a lovely comment. It was so nice to go there and think on him again xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Lisa@intotheglade

    I spent my childhood in Sefton Park. I absolutely love it. All my memories are from around the park and Lark Lane. I’m glad you had a great day there, the playground is huge and seems to always be busy these days, in a good way, or maybe I’m just biased xx

    April 15, 2015 at 10:14 am Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      We hand’t been back there in so long, we have friends in Allerton as always stick to Calderstones but it was so nice to visit it again! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Elaine @ Entertaining Elliot

    Thats lovely you have those memories of your Grandad, I’m sure he would have loved seeing your children enjoy the place as much as him! xx

    April 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm Reply
    • hayleyfromhome

      Thank you, it really brought it all back going there. We’ll be visiting again! xx

      April 20, 2015 at 9:24 am Reply

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