Winter Outdoor Fun

My twins finish school at lunchtime on a Friday so last week I planned to make the most of our free afternoon and do something with them. They were tired as three full days in school after the Christmas holidays (inset on the Monday) had taken their toll, and I was tempted to just bring them home to relax. But I didn’t just want to do that and after surrendering to the fact that they are now indeed at school in reception, these Friday afternoons are going to be tremendously precious for the three of us.

But what to do?

I decided to go for a winters lakeside walk to our local Aquadrome. It’s a beautiful nature reserve at any time of year.

O and H were excited when I collected them, they were filled with curiosity as to where we were going. I kept it a surprise!

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On arrival they were fascinated with the map

They couldn’t wait to see the ducks, so we had a quick look then headed to the little ‘Cafe on the Lake’ as it was lunchtime and they needed to fill their little tummies first. Not much in the way of a childrens menu there but no matter, they had a pizza to share.

Looks like he's enjoying it but they didn't eat much

Looks like he’s enjoying it but they didn’t eat much

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Thirsty

I had a lovely latte and we chatted about their morning at school!

O and H were terrified of the geese lol

It was cold but refreshing as we walked. O and H were terrified of the geese lol

The lake looked particularly stunning in the winter sun

The lake looked particularly stunning in the winter sun

We headed round the corner to feed the ducks, although we weren’t actually allowed to feed them because feeding ducks bread is apparently bad for them. I’d completely forgotten about that little fact. How annoying is that though? It’s not as much fun if we can’t throw bread in and watch millions of ducks come over all fighting for it!

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Beautiful ducks but the boys were a bit disappointed we couldn’t feed them our bread…..

Next up we raced round to the playground, H clutching on to his Iron Man teddy, he loves it and takes it everywhere

Next up we raced round to the playground, over the bridge, H clutching on to his Iron Man teddy, he loves it and takes it everywhere

At this point the weather was changing, the sun had gone and the sky was beginning to turn a delightful shade of grey. I was wondering how much time we had before it rained, it was a long way back to the car! The whole place was waterlogged, the grassy areas like ponds and mud everywhere.

This playground is a bit dated. The equipment could do with a spruce up but the boys loved this climbing frame.

It took a while and some courage before they would go down the slide, but once they started I couldn't stop them!

It took a while and some courage before they would go down the slide, but once they started I couldn’t stop them!

Swings and smaller climbing frame (H, on the left, looks happy in this pic - NOT)

Swings and smaller climbing frame

The wind was picking up and time was ticking on, we had to get back to school pick up my girl so we headed back.

Racing over the bridge, minus the coats, all that playing is

Racing over the bridge, minus the coats, all that playing is hot work

Taking in the beautiful lake

Taking in one of the many beautiful lakes

O and H are so close, they really do get along so well which is a delight to witness. They don't hold hands very often so this was a real treat... awww

O and H really get along so well which is a delight to witness. They don’t hold hands very often though so this was a real treat for me… awww

Even though it was chilly, it was gorgeous to be walking around here. Spending so much time indoors, I felt invigorated being out in the fresh air. The rain started but instead of making a run for it back to the car I decided we should embrace it!

We tried to catch raindrops on out tongues!

We tried to catch raindrops on our tongues and take selfies, as you do! Love my boys

Ah we had such a fab couple of hours.

We couldn’t get out this week because the twins weren’t well and were off school anyway, but I’m already thinking of where we can go next time for our winter walk and adventure!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Comments

  1. What a great adventure and some quality time with your gorgeous boys. They are wonderful company for each other and looked like they had a great time. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.

  2. What a stunning nature reserve! They looked like they had great fun, and lovely photos :) x

  3. Looks like a fab time. I know that one about the ducks and we don’t tend to feed ours except on rare occasions which is probably a bit naughty of us. They looked like they had fun regardless and got lots of fresh air and expelled lots of energy.

  4. What a lovely day (and I adore the bobble hats). Its good that your boys are scared of the geese, mine is way too friendly with the geese at our pond, I am waiting for the day he gets his face pecked.

  5. How lovely! Looks like you had a fab afternoon! Wonderful photos x

  6. Your boys are soooooo cute! Looks like you had a great afternoon hon, lovely photos!

    Did you have to get special permission for them to finish early on a Friday? I’m sure it’ll be great to spend a bit of time with just them after a busy week of school xx

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