It’s been a bit of a sad week for the girls.Mouse was excluded from play one lunch time, the other children repeatedly told her to, “Go away!”.I spoke to her teacher and her response was that she would alert the MDSA.I really think the children needed to be reminded that it’s not nice to be unfriendly, especially to someone who is new.Mouse has told me since then she has made new friends.She’s enjoying her Monday swimming classes, something her old school didn’t do until they are in year 3.Cat has had similar problems, she’s made lots of friends but she desperately misses her old ones.It resulted in the slamming of doors and an outburst of crying towards the end of last week.I have promised them both play dates over the half term as I don’t want them to lose their old friends, purely because they no longer at the same school.
With tensions running high I opted for our usual family walk out, a day of River Avon walks in Chippenham again along the river after last weeks mud bath, I decided to leave Bird’s Marsh until next weekend.It was once again a gloriously sunny day, I took my 3 kids along the river bank on the opposite side to where we walked last week.The starting pointing was outside the council offices and police station, where stands a stone sculpture.It’s a bit of an oddity, representing the water slide in the Olympiad sports centre, which is located next door.Local school children drew the characters and a local sculptor transferred them onto the stone.
Once on the other side of the river we headed up the path past the multi storey car park and over a wooden bridge (we have lots of bridges, naturally).The other side of the bridge here, only goes so far before you have to turn back.it’s a nice secluded spot in the Summer when the over head Horse Chestnut trees are in full foliage.It’s somewhere where I would breastfeed Kip when he was a baby as I wasn’t as confident feeding in public until my eldest daughter came along.Here there will be many patches of wild garlic to come and forage in early Spring.Someone has been busy here clearing a bit of the wood on this side of the river and left a rather lovely carving on an old log.
Back on the other side, we headed up towards the pitch and putt golf course.We passed several large logs, no doubt from the last storm that hit.The bridge here arches over a lovely bay, where we have in past Summers paddled and launched little raft boats.It’s an ideal fishing spot for anglers.Once over the Bridge we come to Baydon’s Meadow, to the left.
Baydon’s Meadow, is owned by the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and looked after by volunteers.The meadow is cut down by hand at the end of each Summer, to be hand sewn again.We have in the past come for early evening bat walks.It doesn’t look much now but come the Spring and Summer this vast green expanse will be a wildlife haven for many wild flowers, butterflies, other insects and bats.Unfortunately, due to Kip’s grass allergy (he can’t even touch it without coming out in hives), I come here alone when the meadow is in full bloom.In late Summer and Autumn the hedgerows are teaming with blackberries, rosehips, elderberries and there’s a crab apple tree tucked over in the corner.
As we headed back, we looked for Snowdrops but to no avail.Though Crocuses are slowly popping up, so they shouldn’t be too far behind.In my passed posts about Bird’s Marsh I photographed views with a church in the background.This is St. Paul’s church up close.It’s recently had the side roof restored so it’s looking not so dilapidated.Passing the train station, the sun really emphasised the red telephone and pillar letter box standing outside.There isn’t many of them left in the town, and I think these are the only ones that stand together.They are so iconic and British aren’t they?
Here’s hoping to another sunny weekend next weekend and more River Avon walks in Chippenham.
Linking to Fiona of Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.