Last weekend we decided to take the unprecedented step of trusting the weather forecast and set off on the 100-mile drive to see Sherwood Forest. Jackie had wanted to see the woodland popularised by the story of Robin Hood for some time, and it seemed as good a day as any to go. It was also an excellent opportunity to try out the child carrier and walking poles I'd recently bought in anticipation of our holiday in the Lake District in May.
Unsurprisingly the place is set up to take advantage of the Robin Hood legend, but it's quite tastefully presented. They don't have people in comical Robin Hood suits with massive grinning heads wandering round, for example. Overall, it's a very pleasant place for a pit stop before taking a stroll round the forest.
As we walked there was plenty of evidence that this was a nature reserve—plenty of the older trees had a little help staying upright and climbing was clearly frowned upon.
"The sheriff will be gravely disappointed."
"That's the best news I've heard all week." —Robin McKinley, The Outlaws of Sherwood
The main goal of the day for Jackie, aside from seeing Sherwood Forest at all, was to see the Major Oak—that's one more thing ticked off the list!
And a photo by the sign for good measure.
So, all in all the day was a success. I was a little worried that Aurora would fuss about going back to the car, but she was quite sanguine about the walk back to the car—I think she was starting to feel a little sleepy. I hoped so, at least, for the sake of a quiet drive home.
The rest of the day was also very pleasant and after an hour or so napping in the car, Aurora had enough energy for quite a lot of running about in the garden.
With all the flowers starting to bloom there was plenty for Aurora to explore. She loved to crouch down and minutely examine every different plant, and then triumphantly tell me what colour it was.