Our plan as a family this year was to spend time together and to discover new places together whenever possible.
A little while ago we were amazingly fortunate to have Ollie at home for a whole 3 days. Now this never really happens and certainly not regularly so when a 3 day weekend crops up we try to make the most of it.
With funds super low after the festive period and all pennies being saved for Ollie to take some unpaid leave to look after me after surgery we decided to discover somewhere not too far from us and somewhere that would help blow our cobwebs away.
Even though I grew up only a few villages away from Vicar Water Country Park I had still never been to visit and so we headed off to Clipstone village to discover what Vicars Water.
Formed on the site of a former colliery, lying in the shadow of the headstocks of Clipstone Colliery Vicars Water has a large lake, footpaths and cycleways suitable for all abilities, Visitor centre and Café and has a children’s play area and even a smaller pond that is used for model boats and duck feeding!
However I doubted there was so much there as from the main road it certainly didn’t give any sign of all that there!
The ponds had a film of ice over the top and so the local ducks were thrilled at having some breakfast and I must admit we had to laugh as they skated about on the top of the ice.
I don’t know why but these early morning winter walks are becoming almost a need for me. The fresh air and new surrounding are great and I am enjoying prioritising our time to spend time together.
Vicar’s Water was a lovely little jaunt to claim some fresh air and spend some time together. We will certainly be coming back when it’s a little warmer for a picnic!
Heres to a 2017 packed with family adventures.