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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

What do you do ...

on a beautiful sunny evening when you've had a busy day at work?

Yesterday morning, i dropped hubby off at a customers house to collect their vehicle as he would be working on it all day.

As the day went on he called to say that the job was taking longer than he thought and would i be happy to go with him after the evening rush hour to return it and pick him up.

Of course, no problem, but that would mean a late evening meal wouldn't it ....

Aha.....a little treat of an idea formed in my mind after i had put the phone down.

How about putting a basket of goodies together and having our meal outside in the evening sunshine sitting by some water, only a mile or two from where we were heading. We have been having most meals outside in the garden for a while with the lovely weather we've been having, but this was different.

Want to see where we went ....

A short drive to park in the car park of Groby Pool. Groby itself is a little village mentioned in the Doomsday Book. The Pool is a place we have visited often when the children were younger, but in recent times we haven't been for ages.

Hubby wandered over the stone bridge carrying the basket of food

along the path and through the little kissing gate

Up the stone steps

Sit the basket on the little seat and ourselves too

and admire the view

We ate our tuna and sweetcorn salad from little plastic boxes

Crackers and cheese

and a piece of fruit each whilst soaking up the wonderful peace and quiet.

Friendly feathered friends checking us out

and some busy doing their own thing

We were kind and shared a cracker or two

Not a soul was about till a local older couple came to feed the birds. Greedy little things they are and all came swimming frantically across the pool for their evening snack of a whole loaf of bread!

The swans were magnificent, they were doing the most spectacular swimming and diving at each other, they even flew around in the air and landed again in the water, but always in pairs.

Lots of babies with their parents

There is even a very detailed noticeboard telling you all about the various kinds of ducks/geese/swans that inhabit the pool.

Too much effort for swimming, lots were happy to lay on the bank watching others having fun.

Soon it was time to pack up the basket and wander along the path back to the car

Take in all the wonderful natural beauty that was around us

The sun glinting on the water was mesmerising and you could have been fooled into thinking you were on your holidays and not just a 6 mile drive away from home. A beautiful place to visit, all free and right beside a busy road too.

Simple pleasures on a warm sunny May evening, we loved it!



  1. What a fabulous treat for you both, I can't wait till the kids are older and we can do things like that without worring about the kids.

  2. Sounds like a perfect end to a working day :-)
    and we do have to make the most of this sunshine here in the UK, we never know when it's going to get snatched away!

    Here's wishing us more sunshine filled days x

  3. Sounds like you had a fab evening,great photos xx

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  5. What a wonderful way to spend some time together after a busy day at work.

    Your description of the evening makes me feel as though I could have been there myself:)

  6. Beautiful Julie, what a lovely evening for you to share.

    We might visit someday with Ruby, it looks so peaceful

  7. Sounds and looks like you had a fab time. Great pictures. Hope you stopped at the kissing gate for a quick or slow kiss.

  8. How wonderful, I love places on our door step, a holiday at home, and your picnic sounded wonderful, glad to see you enjoying the lovely evening we are having.

  9. Oh I was a
    lmost a gooseberry there Julie ,felt as if I was walking along side. What a pretty place and I love cow parsley it is so delicate .Love the swans and what a thoughful wife Mr Macgregor has.

  10. What a great thing to do!

    Your photos are so lovely!

  11. Lovely pictures ,and the best kind of meal .
    I love swans and could watch them for ages. We like to go visit the ducks and swans too .

  12. What a delightful and relaxing way to spend an evening, Julie, and your picnic food looks just perfect... Hope you enjoy more evenings like that this summer :)

  13. Such a wonderful way to spend a summer evening, and your pictures are so lovely that I could imagine myself joining you!

  14. What a lovely place to spend a quiet summer day. I love those swans. They're beautiful. Thanks for sharing.


  15. Sounds idyllic Julie. Great pictures

  16. What a wonderful end to the day Julie. It looks so tranquil and beautiful.

  17. Julie that looks like a magical place in the evening!

  18. what a wonderful post about a wonderful evening......May we join you sometime?!?! That is our kind of outing!

  19. What a magical place you have to walk and picnic!

  20. Only one word for this...

    What a pretty setting and a great way to enjoy a special meal together. I know what you mean as we were also constantly outside but it is now turning chilly again here in Holland. But we needed rain so I do not mind. The garden is happy.

    I love the name kissing gate. I would love one for in my garden. Is the silly? It would be a fun conversation piece but how could you ever make one?

    Hugs from Holland ~

  21. How magical, Julie. I believe it's enjoying little things like this that makes life worth all the fuss & bother.

  22. What a lovely little spot. So pretty and relaxing. How great that you took the time to soak it all in! We don't do that enough, too often in life.

  23. Oh Julie, it sounds and looks like a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing the photos. Just love the ducks and swans.


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