A Day Trip To Grange Over Sands
It has been a summer of hidden adventures that I’ve not given the time to write about. This is my attempt to break my bloggers block and just get tapping again! Yesterday we had no plans and in the morning I asked the Robot what he’d like to do for the day. His answer was simply “diesel train”. The train station is only a 5 minute walk away from us so it’s not really a bizarre request from him, plus he’s obsessed with trains.
Working out where to go was fairly simple too, Grange Over Sands. With 30 minutes till the next train I packed up a quick picnic and got us ready go and at the train station with 10 minutes to spare.
The train was typically 10 minutes late. It wasn’t until it arrived that I realised why, it was one of the old diesel trains that run along the coast of Cumbria, this one was Sir Robert McAlpine! Definitely a special little treat for the Robot, they are so noisy and the old style carriages are fun for the boy!!
Arriving at Grange Over Sands at about 11am and with the knowledge that I had a picnic for us the Robot wanted to set up the blanket straight away, we found the first patch of grass near the duck pond that we could and got on with the important eating,..
This is a bit of a memory post for me. My grandparents often used to take me to Grange to see the duck pond when I was little, or a not so little teenager. The amount of different ducks to be found in the ornamental pond was something I was always excited for.
Things seem different now that I am an adult and the variety of ducks that live there now has in my opinion diminished and been over taken by seagulls and geese. Nether the less it’s still a beautiful ornamental garden pond. If you watch my video at the end you’ll see some more of the pond and it’s animals…
An imposter seems to have made its way on to the pond in the form of a fisherman, I hope those fish aren’t in there..
Picnic packed up the next port of call was a walk to the park. Out of the duck pond we walk through a mini memorial garden, I decided to stop and take a picture this time because of the memories it gives me of when Robot was a little one. My Mum and I had taken a very small Robot on this same day trip.
We got caught up in a massive thunder-storm and ended up hiding in this garden under a poncho trying to keep dry. It’s one of my favourite photos of the Robot. He looks so confused..
Carrying on with our day trip though, we got from the duck pond to the promenade and walked to the park. Here is a mini video of our day that includes a bit of park footage.
After a play at the park and a bit more of our picnic we headed back into the shopping area of Grange Over Sands to visit one of their many cafes for a well deserved hot chocolate before catching the train home. A short, sweet and easy day trip to do with just the two of us.
Hope that’s enough of a fun day out for you? Will it get my blogging mojo back? We will find out in a couple of days if another post appears!