Last week during half term we did the rounds to visit some family. It was a busy week for Little Man, staying in three different houses over six nights was exciting to say the least. He got to spend some time with his older cousins which was really lovely as they get on so well, despite not seeing each other all that often.
He also got to indulge his favourite hobby of collecting sticks as we spent a chilly Sunday morning at Stockport Rugby Club watching his 9 year old cousin at rugby practice.
He was proud of his impressive haul, although we did have to try and convince him to leave most of them behind when we left.
That afternoon we visited Alderley Edge, an area of fabulous National Trust woodland with impressive views over the Cheshire countryside. Joe had a great time clambering over rocks with his cousins, and we all had some childish fun playing hide and seek in the trees.
The Autumn colours in the wood were beautiful.
Joe and his cousins found a makeshift shelter that had been constructed under some branches.
I also got this lovely snap of Little Man with Daddy.
After leaving Cheshire we went to stay in Freckleton, near Preston. Joe made full use of the local amenities.
He also loved getting to know Hector, my dad’s soft-as-anything labrador. Joe was a little unsure of him at first but once he overcame his initial fear they became fast friends.
We loved taking a little walk down the road to a small farm where Joe loved looking at the numerous chickens, ducks and noisy geese. We even met this lovely fella.
As we drove out of Freckleton on our way to Grimsby for our third stop of the week, I couldn’t resist capturing this stunning sky, complete with rainbow in the clouds.
Joe was able to see his other cousin during our stay with my father-in-law in Grimsby, and they are just too cute together. There is only 21 months between them. Here they are engrossed in the Lego Star Wars game when we met for a meal out. I love the way Little Man has his hand resting on his older cousin’s arm while he watches him play.
When we finally got back home after an epic week of too many motorways and an hour stuck in the car park at Wetherby services on the A1, I could have been ready for another week off. It was lovely to see lots of family in one trip though, and Joe thoroughly enjoyed himself. We couldn’t ask for more than that.