We haven't been able to go away camping for a while for one reason or another, which gets us down a bit. However, we have a car, we live in London...so we got off our bums and went for an adventure.
We ended up here, an Ecology Park in Greenwich.
There are quite a few of these kind of educational, environmentally aware green areas popping up all over London. I guess they were formally waste land and have been transformed into habitats for numerous critters. I love their little kids learning areas...
bird nests and eggs...
The nature reserve is quite small, but arranged so that you feel that you are lost in it.
Brand new apartment blocks reflect in the beautiful waterways, and there is a constant hum of machinery to remind you where you are...the industrial end of London.
The wooden walkways are perfect for little tots.
(if you are wondering why she has a sock on her hand, its because she has scalded it and she is not allowed to take off her dressings. I would elaborate further, but I'd rather not re-live the whole traumatic event so soon, suffice to say, she is absolutely fine now, but mum and dad are scared for life).
...back to the story...
it was so nice to find a few shady areas, and so many dragonflies (or possibly the same going around in a circle?).
We loved the little straw and twig houses someone had made...
I loved it in there, until I spotted the spiders webs!
gorgeous ducks and water lilies, they were definitely a hit with the nipper.
someone just NEVER wants to stop walking!
...and investigating every two seconds!
...but we are enjoying every footstep.
and there is even a tiny beach on the Thames!
Its well worth a visit if you find yourself in that neck of the woods.