Saturday, 24 May 2014

A picnic in the rain...

Today the heavens opened, and it wouldn't close. So instead of staying in watching movies all day like we had in the morning, we decided to head to the local country park and explore. I've been itching to get out and about and explore the local area more. The country park is about a 5minute drive away, so was the perfect place in the rain. We parked up and followed the path..
After a little walk, we stumbled across a fallen tree, and J wanted to play hide and seek... in this picture both girls are hiding... they are getting better... 
 but when you walk around the back... their hiding places are revealed...
 It also looked perfect for climbing....

 ... and of course we had to release some more 'fairies'...
  ... just past the fallen tree, we came across the park map, here they had different walks marked, and as S refused the buggy today, we chose the smaller walk at 1.5miles...
 ..the paths were very scenic, with a stream running along side the path...
 ... the route we wanted was marked out with coloured arrows, so this helped keep the girls keen...
 ... I noticed the stream was shallow enough for the girls, and an opening to get to it... the girls jumped excitedly when I suggested going for a splash..
 ...my strange children wanted to feel the stream though... apparently it was very cold...
  they enjoyed investigating the stream and the rocks..
 ... J liked balancing on the mossy rocks, and then launching herself in...





 ..she also liked practicing her balancing...
 ...after we left the stream, J wanted to investigate anything that resembled the stream..
 ...there were loads of trees, with unusual roots, which looked perfect for climbing...


When J was at the top, she said she couldn't get down. Im very cautious of making her life easy, and taking away problem solving, so I advised sitting on her bum, and find the way down..

 .. she mastered it down, eventually... for another game of hide and seek...
 This is the view of the girls finding me.... I think I gave my position away with the camera..
 ..we soon found some more arrows...
 ..the arrows pointed up some steps, J chose the harder route, up the roots, and S took the easier option...
 ..the steps led us to the fish pond, but more appropriate is the duck pond, luckily mummy packed the last few slices of the loaf, that had mould growing on them.. the birds came straight over from the other side of the pond..
 ..and a bench was right next to it, perfect place for the picnic lunch mummy had packed... that way the ducks could get the crusts that always end up in the bin... The rain got heavier at this point, and we weren't as sheltered as we had been in the trees... so yep, we had a picnic in the rain...
 ... after the picnic we walked on some more, this led us to a mound, not particularly big, but big enough for J to call it a mountain..

 ...then slide down, yep on her bum... mummy tried getting her to run down, but she wasn't having any of it...

 ...we also found someone else's den, so the girls had fun exploring that, the size of it was enormous..

 ..the walk then opened up into a meadow of wild flowers... I said run free to the girls... and they were off...
 ..the girls have never noticed/seen a thistle before, so was nice to see them, brought back memories of my girl guide days as I was in the thistle group...



 ... some of the grass stuck to S's hand, she threw a wobbly as this one strand would not shake off..
 ... we were also close to a geocache, so I got the phone out and sent J on her way to find it...
 ..but first we had to get over another small stream... S would not step into it, so I lifted her over..
 ...and J decided to leap over it... where has this mini adventurer been hiding in J??
 ...we soon found the geocache, and J managed to retrieve it to find some treasure....

 ...back on the walk, we met up with the pond again, and J wanted to feel how cold it was...
 ...then it was another pit stop under the trees for the rest of our picnic...
  S soon got a lease of life and ran... for someone so small, she runs very fast... J soon caught up with her, and fits of laughter was to follow...
 ...on the way back to the car, we found another stream.. (I think J has a new obsession with them after her splash about)...

 ... we made it back to the larger stream, and said the girls could have another splashing moment... as soon as we got there, J fell over... bum first into the stream... AAHHH its cold... is what she screamed...
 ... back on land, she emptied her water out of her wellies...
 ..before jumping back in... (I had to run after S at this point, as she decided it would be funny to run off again, hence the distance... J was supposed to have stood on the land, why do kids never listen?) But it makes for a nice picture..




 S even stumbles this time... bt manages to save herself before getting wet!
 ...and J stumbles again...this time front first, she's falling in this picture...
 ...and the water even made it to her face, hence the funny face...


The weather didn't put us off. It never ruined the day, and we all had great fun, but soggy sarnies. The girls remained dry (apart from J's socks) and warm. We managed to grab another geocache and we discovered another lovely area close by. I am sure we will be back, again and again.

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots100 May challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Sherwood Forest.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

10 comments:

  1. Wow what a fantastic walk, even in the rain and those tree roots look amazing, loads of fun for kids!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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    1. It was a great change of scenery, with lots to explore, was needed to burn of that excess energy!

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  2. That sounds fab hun, maybe we could go exploring on Thursday? Xxx

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    1. Certainly can, or we can find some where new to explore?

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  3. I'm glad all of you had fun in spite of the rain. Particularly, the fallen tree seems like a great playing area. Isn't it wonderful to discover new places?

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    1. It really is.. I love exploring new places. Especially trying to see everything from the children's eyes too. If they weren't with me, I would have probably walked past most of todays natural attractions.

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  4. Days like this are great! Never let the rain keep you at home. Looks like you had an amazing time.

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    1. we had a brilliant time, so glad we never let it put us off. :-)

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  5. What an adventure! The girls were dressed perfectly for the ever changing weather. Great fun splashing in the stream, climbing trees and plenty of exploring along the way. Thanks for linking up and sharing your lovely photos from your day of fun with Country Kids.

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  6. What a lovely place to explore! It is so much fun to take walks in the mud and in streams.

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