The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is one of my favourite places. We lived not far from it, and it was my go-to escape when on maternity leave; somewhere to walk a sleeping (or reluctantly sleeping, or wide awake and grumpy) baby while getting a much needed dose fresh air with the added bonus of beautiful surroundings.
Having been blessed with gorgeous weather in Edinburgh this past week, after arriving for our annual visit last Sunday, we arranged to meet a friend in the Botanics for a quick catch up. All catch ups are quick when we do our whirlwind visits to the UK and Ireland!
Although we only managed to see a fraction of the gardens this time, what we did see was stunning. And, having come from Boston where spring had not yet sprung when we left, it was simply wonderful to see blossom :)
The kids had a blast running around, spotting ducks, squirrels and a heron (which I sadly didn’t manage to get a photo of) and having the odd rest :)
Of course, no outing is complete without finding excellent sticks (which I feel the need to point out were found on the ground, not taken from a plant as the grumpy man in the cafe thought!).
After running around for an hour we discovered some steps. So much fun to be had, who knew!
I really wish we had been able to spend longer there, and explore more of the gardens (especially the herbaceous border which is one of my favourite spots!). Next time…
It was however wonderful to revisit the gardens; somewhere that the 8yo remembered well, the 6yo recognised a little, but the wee girl had only ever visited in a stroller.
Seeing her run around the Botanics brought home to me just how long we’ve been away, and reminded me how important it is that we revisit our favourite places; creating new memories for us all, to sit alongside the old ones.
I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!