We went for a run around in the park while Rob went to mend a fence. The sun was setting, and it was really cold! It was the kind of day when the sun just hasn’t managed to warm the ground, so frost has lain all day.
James was excited to be in the park, anyway. He tried to blow the propeller around; he said it was just like a windmill, and I agree.
The little giraffe slide was all icy, which was strange and new. Usually slides are just dirty, aren’t they, but this one was clean but cold! The ice didn’t stop James running around to go down the slide over and over.
In the park there was a lovely boat, with a ladder and longer slide. James climbed up the ladder, and we were singing songs as he stood at the top.
Then some children who were no older than 14 arrived in the boat to smoke. No apologies were made by them, clearly smoking near a newborn, who was in the sling inside my coat, and a toddler. The boy with the lighter, obviously embarrassed, pretended he didn’t know how to use it.
We left to explore leaves on the other side of the park.
First James looked closely at the frosty leaves, then picked one up. It didn’t lift up in a leaf shape, but broke off because it was frozen. James felt it crumble in his hand, then picked another leaf up to put on the ground. He then thoroughly enjoyed stamping on it! We have been crunching leaves with our feet as we walk since the autumn, but wintery frozen leaves is another new sensation.
I think James is enjoying stamping on things these days!