A visit to the Wolseley Centre

Firstly, I want to thank everyone for their kind words following my post about my failing confidence in my body and it’s ability to do as it should. I was bolstered by the wonderful responses and even more determined not to let this illness beat me. I don’t want to deprive the children of experiences because of my fears. After careful consideration I decided to see if a little bit of preparation would help me to feel more secure during an outing.

We visited a local nature reserve yesterday. It is nearby if I should need to get home quickly. Research told us that is relatively flat and has plenty of benches for me to sit and rest. I got my walking stick and we rooted Fran’s pushchair out of the garage. She hasn’t used it for some time but we thought it would be useful to store things in and for me to lean against. Fran doesn’t call them wheelbarrows for nothing!

We loaded  Will, Belle and Fran into the car and set off early in the morning (OJ was out with his friends, a much more important activity for a teenager he informed us). As soon as we arrived the kids made a bee line for the sensory garden. As we progressed I lagged behind more and more, but didn’t really mind. I used the opportunity to take some photos and to soak in the marvellous scenery.

The Wolseley Centre is a nature reserve run by the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust. It has 26 acres of grounds, a visitor centre, play trail, sensory garden and a boardwalk over lakes and wetland. It has the welcome bonus of being completely free to park and explore the grounds. There are various activities along the trails for the children to do as you walk around.

Belle and Will on a swingWill and Belle loved the giant swing

Will hiding in a den.There were plenty of dens built in the trees for the children to explore

Fran and Daddy in the bird hideIn the bird hide with Daddy

Splashing in the fordThey all loved having a good paddle and a splash

Black and white image of the streamAlthough I took lots of photos I didn’t get as many of the children as I’d have liked. This was because I couldn’t keep up with them and moreover they have an annoying endearing habit of strange poses when asked to be still for the camera.

Gnarly branchThis is one of my favourite images. I was trying to get a close up of the texture. I love how the branch in the middle is in focus but the rest is blurry. I have to be honest though, I have no idea how it came out like that. Never mind. I love the shot anyway!

After a pit stop for a drink the heavens burst and we were forced to leave early with still over half of the grounds to explore. We will definitely go back. Next time we will go on a sunnier day and take a picnic basket.

I am so glad that I went outside of my comfort zone and went on this outing. The children had a thoroughly marvellous time and are already asking when we can go back. Today I very much paid the price for my efforts and my speech and balance have been all over the place. I haven’t been able to hold a proper conversation or stand up for long without falling, however, I still have a wonderful sense of pride and achievement. The children had a wonderful time and that is really all you can hope for as a parent.

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  1. Lovely photos – I know you feel you were not able to keep up and maximise your photo opportunities, but sometimes actually being there and even almost keeping up is so important. Good for you, it’s tough sometimes to keep trying again when things get tough.
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  2. Mine too pull strange faces and poses when I get the camera out! Looks like a fab place for a day out. Sorry you are suffering for it, but glad you all had a marvellous day out. X
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  3. lovely pictures, looks like you all enjoyed it, i wish we had somewhere like this, it is all occupied by skyving teenagers

  4. That really is a great shot of the textured branch. It looks like a lovely place for a family day out and you did brilliantly to manage the trip. I hope you’re feeling stronger now.
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  5. That is great! I am so happy for you that you did it :) Your last post stayed with me last week, and I am so happy to read such a great post today.
    The photos are great too by the way :)
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  6. Glad you had a nice day, but sorry to hear you were suffering afterwards. Great to have somewhere like this so close to you though :)
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  7. Well done for getting out there with the children, I’m sure they appreciated that you made the effort. There’s lots to explore there and you took some lovely photos of the children having great fun. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.
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  8. great pics and lovely weather i am pleased you are still trying to enjoy your days out hun x

  9. I love that branch photo too, really unusual and the flooded bridge – I bet tne kids really loved that too #whatsthestory
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  10. It’s great that you were able to manage to go, these will be such special memories for them as they grow up, it looks like loads of fun

  11. What a wonderful post – I just love your outdoor adventures. So great you could go. Sounds like a fabulous place to visit and the photos are great. I have a longer lens for capturing POD, she doesn’t do facing camera and I like capturing her unawares! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory (will tweet out tomorrow for you) x
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  12. Bless you! So glad you went and pleased you enjoyed it! It looks fab there! Hope you get to go back soon. Your pictures are amazing xx
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  13. Looks a great place and one I will be now visiting as it’s only an hours drive for us. Well done for going and it must be so hard to suffer for it afterwards. I have been reading a lot about neurological issues as my son has autism so some days he can’t get words out but on others he can. I wish this area of medicine was more well known about, so many questions and I wonder why there are similarities in different conditions. I hope you regain some strength xx
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  14. Glad you managed to get again after the other incident. Your photos look amazing and its obvious you had a great time
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  15. Mine always ask if the photo is for us or the blog. A few strange looks from passer-bys.

    Looks a lovely area to explore. The swing looks fun. I’d be tempted to try it myself. Beautiful photos.
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