Lunch at the park

So, the weather has been warmer lately: We’ve switched from winter to summer jackets. In fact, on some days, no jacket’s been necessary at all. The sun has even been gracing us with it’s presence and warmth!
This seasonal (but not always guaranteed) improvement in the weather has been the catalyst for the institution of ‘lunch at the park’.
It takes place just after 11.30, which is nursery pick up time.
A group of mums and kids arrive, loaded with sandwiches, drinks, grapes, apples, crisps and treats, nappies, wipes, hats, sunglasses, and sometimes even a flask of coffee (it’s me that would bring it, to share with my Chinese friend Jenny, who is as addicted to caffeine as I am). The mums eat and chat, and get called off to push swings, or witness amazing things like flowers, birds, our kids climbing/ sliding or playing hop scotch. The kids eat and play, run, climb, sometimes cry, cheer up, fall over, give cuddles and say cute and funny things. The group varies in size, nationality, noise levels and mood. But on any given week-day, you are pretty much guaranteed to find friendly people to ‘lunch’ with, provided it’s not raining. If one wishes to ensure it’s on, a quick text with the words “lunch at the park?” will usually get a few quick and positive replies.
Now I’m a people – person (you might have noticed), so I like this ‘institution’, and attend as often as I can. Depending on who’s there, it can be a great forum for discussion and learning on any topic. Some examples are parenting, fun day-out ideas, cheap holiday tips, and even business and entrepreneurial initiatives. For me, it brings a great sense of friendship, fun, and community. And last but not least, a chance to get some sun!
If you’re free around lunch time why not replicate this in your own local park? And if you’re near Prestonfield park, pop by and say hello.

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