111 weeks and 3 days | Our Village Park

A couple of weeks ago, the boys and I went up to our village park for the afternoon.

So very different from the park where we used to live in Marlow. Whatever time of day — or year — we went to Higginson park, it was always heaving. A Mecca for families, it boasts 23 acres of beautiful parkland. It has a huge childrens’ play area and a wide River Thames frontage; which means you can feed the ducks and swans or take a boat down the river. It even has it’s own Costa Coffee. As parks go, it’s definitely up there with the best.

Our little village park is poles apart.

It’s tiny. It has a picnic bench and some play equipment for the children but it’s nowhere near the scale of the park in Marlow.

That said, it’s always fairly quiet and, as a result, the littlies always get to play without the fear of being knocked over by larger children; or have to wait an age to use the play equipment. Which, as village parks go, is fairly extensive! There are swings, see-saws and a roundabout; they’ve even installed a new wooden ‘pirate ship’ with tunnels and a climbing frame with a slide.

So our village park may not boast the impressive features of Higginson park; it may not have a Costa — or a riverside view — but for two little two year olds, who are learning to find their feet and explore the world around them, it’s perfect.

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Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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38 Comments

  1. 2nd May 2015 / 7:48 pm

    They are SO cute :) And look at their little faces. Bless. I love our park too, so quiet and really perfect for my twins. I can let them play safely and they always love going. Enjoy many more trips xx

    • 3rd May 2015 / 1:39 pm

      Thanks lovely — yep, the boys really love a little trip up there. It’s certainly not got as much going for it as Marlow park but they absolutely love it!! :)

  2. 2nd May 2015 / 8:34 pm

    It does sound just perfect for your two. Their faces say it all. #CountryKids

    • 3rd May 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thanks so much Cheryl! I think if it was any bigger they’d probably feel overwhelmed by it. It’s the perfect size for them :)

  3. Jenna
    2nd May 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Remember when you were a kid and everything seemed SO much bigger than it actually was? That’ll be exactly how the twins see it. To them it’s a massive park.

    Shame there’s no Costa for Mummy though?! ;)

    Stunning photos – your boys are gorgeous.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • 3rd May 2015 / 1:42 pm

      You are so right!! They probably think it’s the biggest park in the world! I’m sad it doesn’t have a Costa but happy it’s not as hectic as our old park. SO many people — and the play equipment was swarming with children of all ages! Even I used to find it overwhelming sometimes x

  4. 2nd May 2015 / 9:36 pm

    looks like they’re having a great time we have quite a few parks near us luckily but the one closest to us is a bit tiny half been revamped the other half needs some work but always dead so its brilliant x

    • 3rd May 2015 / 1:45 pm

      This has had new play equipment since we’ve lived here — it’s a sweet little park but shame it doesn’t have a Costa Coffee ;)

  5. 2nd May 2015 / 9:55 pm

    OH Caro the boys are so adorable, there cute little faces I just want to squeeze them. and your photography is just beautiful xx

    • 3rd May 2015 / 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much Sarah :) My favourite photos are the ones that are captured unawares — I love seeing the expressions on their little faces x

  6. 3rd May 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Gorgeous photos, I love the light and the expression on the boys faces, they are so adorable and clearly having a lovely time in the new park. thank you for sharing such lovely photos on Country Kids

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks Fiona! It was lovely to watch them! Even though it’s a little village park they were having an enormous adventure! Thanks so much for hosting btw x

  7. 3rd May 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Ah I do love Marlow but your village park sounds perfect! I love it when it’s quiet. I take the girls to Waddesdon and it’s perfect when it’s not school holidays. Gorgeous boys, they are so handsome! Xxx

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:22 pm

      Aah I do too Kat but I spent the whole time we lived there, wishing for a bay to take there!! And then shortly after we moved up here, I was blessed with two! It was lovely going back to Marlow last year, WITH my babies!! :)

  8. 3rd May 2015 / 6:08 pm

    Adorable pictures, yes the kids don’t care if the park is huge or small as long as they have a few fun things to play on.

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:25 pm

      I agree! And as one of my wise friends said, when you’re little, everything seems enormous anyway! x

  9. 3rd May 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Lovely pictures of the boys. There is a lot to be said for them feeling and being safe to explore. I still get anxious when I see bigger children tearing around as the little ones are finding their feet x

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:26 pm

      Oh Lisa — me too!! There are a couple of soft play centres I take them to and some of the bigger children are so rough with the littlies!! Good job it is ‘soft’ play or else there’d be broken bones! x

  10. 4th May 2015 / 1:05 am

    Cuteness overload!! These pictures are adorable, I love how they seem to be baffled by the fact you keep taking their picture. My little one gives me that look all the time. Yay for little quiet parks!

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:27 pm

      Thanks H darling :) You’d think by now they’ve be used to their mama taking their picture the whole time!! :D Thanks for hosting xx

  11. 4th May 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Caro you take such beautiful photos, those colours are wonderful on the boys. It helps you have such gorgeous kids for the photos I think but still. I know what you mean about the smaller park – but I do love a Costa!

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:31 pm

      Ahh — thanks so much — that’s lovely of you to say :) Yep — if it was the little park with a Costa, now that would be perfect! ;)

  12. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    5th May 2015 / 7:40 am

    It is so often about our attitude and how we view things as opposed to what is actually in front of us. Our children don’t care about the perfect park, they care about being with us, about having adventures and exploring outdoors. Good on you for teaching them that #Twinkly Tuesday

    • 5th May 2015 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks Mack :) I must say, I think you’re totally right! Going on ‘adventures’ with your parents is a lovely thing indeed when you’re a child xx

  13. 5th May 2015 / 8:14 am

    I adore their matching jackets and that they have red and yellow wellies to match but not match. Such gorgeous photos Caro! xx

    • 5th May 2015 / 1:23 pm

      Thanks lovely :) I must say, it’s easy to take nice pics when you have such gorgeous subject matter!! ;) x

    • 5th May 2015 / 12:32 pm

      They were Toni! So lovely watching them find their feet — and explore in safety :)

  14. 5th May 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Gosh they are just so beautiful! And that is my absolute favourite Jools Oliver gilet…we had the same one for Zach! Sometimes the simplest things are the best, especially for such little people and especially for you, who has to keep your eyes on both of them! Although I have to say, every park should have a Costa! Thanks for being such a fab host at #TwinklyTuesday and for linking up this super cute post!

    • 6th May 2015 / 2:48 pm

      Aww thanks darling — that’s such a lovely thing to say! And likewise — thanks for being an amazing co-host xx

  15. Carolyn
    5th May 2015 / 10:04 pm

    Such cute boys, and they do look like they love it there, well they wouldn’t know any different would they?! #twinklytuesday

    • 6th May 2015 / 3:06 pm

      Thanks so much Carolyn! And you’re right! I bet the playground feels HUGE to them! :)

  16. 6th May 2015 / 5:20 am

    What wonderful photos! I preferred smaller parks when my girls were that age. Far harder to lose them in a crowd. Thanks for being such a fabulous cohost. MWAH! #TwinklyTuesday

    • 6th May 2015 / 3:08 pm

      Yes, I totally agree! The thought of taking them to my old park, whilst they’re so small makes me a little anxious! Much better for them to find their feet in a tiny little park. Thanks SO much for co-hosting Sadia — we’re so happy you’ve joined the #TwinkyTuesday team xx

  17. 7th May 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Such beautiful photos! I agree on little parks for little people – they need to find their feet! #twinklytuesday

    • 12th May 2015 / 3:54 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Megan :) That means a lot coming from you — your photos are just beautiful! x

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