Spring Colour at Westonbirt Arboretum
It’s been so lovely having some beautiful sunshine at last, and it really does feel like we are properly into Spring now. We decided to take the opportunity to enjoy it at Westonbirt Arboretum. We packed a picnic and decided to let Emily take her balance bike and Freyja bring her scooter. This obviously meant that for 90% of the time, Rich and I ended up carrying these around the arboretum.
The arboretum was full of colour – the lush greens of the grass and the trees already in leaf, the white clouds against the brilliant blue sky and then the odd burst of a contrasting colour from spring flowers and red maple leaves beginning to unfurl. Beneath some of the trees were pale yellow primroses and bold blue bluebells.
There really was no finer place for eating alfresco. We sat together on the bench, being warmed in the spring sunshine with these beautiful views surrounding us.
After lunch, the girls went exploring in the trees. A particular favourite place is an area with logs and walkways that they enjoy balancing on. It’s amazing to think just how their confidence has grown each time we visit here. On a tree trunk “bridge”, Emily started walking across whilst holding our hands, and 5 minutes later she was running back and forth on it, demanding that I stay well away from her as she didn’t want my help.
When she had tired of this, Emily went to join her big sister on the wooden beam walkway. She followed after her and didn’t mind being bossed around a bit by her too.
It’s days like these that I love the most. Days when we are together as a family, enjoying spending time together but made even better by the glorious weather and stunning backdrop of the arboretum. We did little more than go out for a walk and a picnic together, but it felt like so much more. These are those precious moments that are so important to treasure together.