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Sunday Morning Walk

Awoke this morning to find the temperature had gone down, so i pulled on my jeans, trainers and a t-shirt and quickly persuaded the boy to drive us down to our local reservoir.
I think I blogged about this particular nature reserve/reservoir last year. Its got woodland, bird hides, a cow field and an awesome nature walk.

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There was an event going on there today for the kiddies now its the summer hols, but we avoided the bouncy castle etc and took a leisurely stroll through the field (was amass with hay) and followed the nature walk.
Twas very relaxing and is certainly how Sunday mornings should be spent!

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Pippa jeans - topshop via ebay (around £7)
t-shirt - h&m via a charity shop (£1.49)
bag - tesco (£13) - as in previous post :D
trainers - forever 21 (around £5)

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