We recently had an Edwards’ family first – a three generation Edwards’ family day out. Adam got to go out with his Nanny Violet. My mother-in-law has been incredibly ill for several months. As a result she has not left the house since the summer apart from numerous medical appointments and lengthy hospital stays (including over Christmas and New Years Eve). So we were all extremely happy that Nanny Violet was well enough to visit Whitlingham Country Park with us.
Adam and I have visited Whitlingham several times and usually do the circular walk around the lake. Despite it only being a few miles from the centre of Norwich it is extremely peaceful. However, we decided to visit Whitlingham because Nanny Violet has very limited mobility. They have specially designed wheelchairs which are suitable for the terrain, which you can use for free. The wheelchair did look more like a moon buggy than a wheel chair which obviously lead to several space jokes.
“One small step for man…”
“Huston…we have a problem”
Adam headed straight to feed the ducks. Well I say he fed the ducks – he mostly chased the ducks.
I had always thought the fear of being bitten by a duck was an innate fear. Adam proved me wrong.
He showed no fear what so ever – even with the geese and swans.
Adam spent ages running in and out of the birds, nearly running into the swans several times, whilst shouting and signing “duck”
He seemed fascinated at trying to catch the swans…
… or trying to get into the water with the ducklings.
We all had a wonderful time, made even more special because Nanny Violet got to see Adam running around.
You certainly can’t visit Whitlingham Country park without visiting their cafe. It is in a large converted flint barn and had a wide variety of meals, snacks and cakes. There was also a good supply of highchairs.
Adam loved having tea with Nanny Violet and couldn’t stop giggling. Whitlingham was certainly a family hit!
Check our other toddler friendly venues in ‘Adventures of Adam around Norfolk’.
Adam was 23 months old.