On Friday I finished the last module of a 15 month long Graphic Design course. It’s been educational and enjoyable, but I’m really looking forward to reclaiming the 20 hours a week that it used to consume. So my first day free of student deadlines deserved a bit of a treat. We headed north to Petworth Park for a dog walk with friends, followed by lunch.
Petworth Park is owned by the National Trust and there are 700 acres that you can roam freely through in return for a £3 parking ticket. Like lots of big parks, it’s known for it’s herds of deer and Theo was entranced by them, whispering to us that he thought the deer might be Father Christmas’s actual reindeer. He was also rather fascinated by a rabbit hole he spotted under a large oak…
He tried to persuade them to come out by shouting “Hello rabbit!” at the hole and then realised perhaps a little too late, that you need to be quiet to spot rabbits. Ooops!
The park also provided Theo with a chance to indulge in one of the best kind of free activities at this time of year… jumping in ice-covered puddles! His Joules wellies are standing up to quite a lot of abuse at the moment.
After the park we went on to a pub a friend had recommended, the Halfway Bridge Inn in Lodsworth. We had been wandering round the park for so long it was actually nearly 2:30pm by the time we sat down, but we warmed up with some homemade mulled Cider and filled our tummies with some excellent hearty pub grub.
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