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!