I don't know about you, but we are finding that whilst lockdown is restricting our usual activities, it is also allowing us to appreciate the simple things.
Fathers Day this year started with 2 of the youngest children making Breakfast for Neil. It was all their idea and Sammie let them take the lead with the planning and the cooking! Harry was in charge of cooking the fry up whilst Poppy was desperate to make and decorate pancakes and make us our cups of tea. It was an amazing feast and a real treat for Neil.
We then loaded the bikes onto the car and headed to Bedgebury National Pinetum for a day of bike riding and exploring.
Bedgebury is around an hour from us, and is a lovely place to go for a walk and a picnic. It also has some amazing bike trails which we had never used before. There are 3 trails, a family trail which is 9km long, a short family trail which is 4km and then there is a Mountain bike trail which is 13km. We decided to start on the family trail and then mixed it up a little bit with some of the Mountain bike trails which we found to be fairly easy to dip in and out of. Its definitely worth noting that if you are not a confident rider the Mountain bike trail is not going to be for you!
Most of us really enjoyed dipping in and out of that trail, Poppy is only 9 years old and has so much confidence on her bike she absolutely loved it and we didn't feel that it was too much for her at anytime. However Sammie and Harry are a little bit more reserved and found some parts a little bit too hair raising!
Once we had enjoyed our bike ride we went sat by the lake for a drink and an ice cream. The children really loved watching the wildlife and it was a well deserved rest for the adults!
As it was such a lovely day we then took a walk around one of the 3 walking trails, bikes are not allowed along this trail which we think is a good idea as not only are there lots of tempting hills for the children to roll down, it also means we didn't have to worry about getting in cyclists way.
After a lovely day at Bedgebury we headed home to celebrate Fathers Day some more! We invited Neil's parents for a socially distanced BBQ. Sammie's parents live in Dorset so sadly they cant just simply pop round..
Of course, Neil was king of the BBQ and the food was amazing. However, some credit does have to go to Sammie because she did make a tasty Biscoff cheesecake for pudding!
We had lots of laughs, and of course inevitably, the evening finished with a football kick about!
So Fathers Day this year was amazing, quality family time along with lots of laughter. It was really lovely to do something that felt normal in these strange times.