19 Jan 2014

A Patch of Green

An unseasonably mild, lazy winter afternoon. The sun peeking out from behind a few clouds scattered in the sky. A restless toddler not satisfied to sit indoors doing jigsaw puzzles. Why should he, when everything outside is so exciting, so inviting. When the setting is just so perfect to explore the neighbourhood. To go and search for a patch of green. Or two.

And then when you have found it, run all over it as fast as your little legs can carry you. Round and round, up and down, here and there, everywhere. As carefree as a two year old. Hands outstretched, spread like the wings of a bird. Whoosh from one tree to the next. Laugh, giggle and make a lot of noise. Pretend there is nobody there but you. And your patch of green.

Where's he gone?
Hide behind a tree so that no-one can see you. Certainly not after you have closed your eyes. How can they, with your eyes so tightly shut, your face hidden behind the solid trunk of a tree? If you cannot see them, surely, they cannot see you.

Or can they? Go hide behind a different tree then. Or a large bush. Climb on top of a picnic bench. Even if you struggle to pull your muddy wellington boots up behind you. Nobody can catch you now. You are perched so high up, far, far away from the patch of green that was under your feet not a minute ago.

I Can See You Too!
Then when it all becomes a bit too much, when your cheeks are flushed, when your little legs can't carry you any further, when your hungry stomach starts to rumble, just drop down on your patch of green and lose yourself in it. A moment of solitude, a moment of quiet. Then up and away we go again.

Oops!



Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

48 comments:

  1. How lovely! The world is such a big adventure when you're only little. Great to have a break in the rain and get out in the fresh air.

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    1. Last few days haven't been all that bad, and we have actually managed to go out everyday.

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  2. This is so true :) Children embrace life so nicely. We could all learn from them and their love of life x

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    1. Absolutely! We think it is us adults who are teaching them. I think they teach us a lot too, if we just let them.

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  3. AWWH wonderful how a little patch of green can give so much fun.

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  4. Looks so much fun. I hope it stays dry this week and we can all run about a bit more outside.

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  5. What a lovely post. It's great letting your children just go wild outdoors isn't it.

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    1. Thanks :) We are trying to get outdoors more.

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  6. I love the fact toddlers can have so much fun with no toys at all!

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    1. I think they have more fun with no toys!

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  7. I love how kids hide like that - my two are just the same!

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    1. It is super cute when they think they cannot see us with their eyes shut :)

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  8. That's all a toddler wants, wrapped up and being outside having fun. It helps them sleep better as well!!

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    1. It sure does! Rainy days are rubbish when we are all cooped up indoors.

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  9. What a wonderful post. Amazing how those little things can bring so much joy. There's nothing better than having fun outdoors when you're small. Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

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    1. They do seem to find happiness and joy in the smallest of things. Lots to learn from little ones, I think.

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  10. Lovely post, oh to be as carefree as a toddler enjoying the outdoors :)

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  11. मांजर डोळे मिटून दूध पितं तसं :-)

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    1. Spot on! I am reminded of it every time he hides with his eyes shut :)

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  12. Oh what a lovely post. I am often jealous of how easily they have fun!

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  13. awww such cute pics, green space is always lots of fun!

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  14. Ah lovely to be get outdoors and to have a child who enjoys it so much x

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  15. So adorable, kids can find the fun in everything!

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  16. Lovely, we have had mild weather here too and we managed a lovely walk and feeding the swans yesterday.

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    1. Haven't done that yet. Perhaps the next time we get some sun. I bet J will love it!

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  17. Hide and seek with little ones can be so much fun - especially in the great outdoors. It looks like you all had a great time :-)
    Love Vicky
    http://aroundandupsidedown.co.uk/

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  18. What a lovely space that looks like.. Oh to go back to having those thoughts and the freedom.

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  19. Aw that's lovely. I love how much fun children can make out of things x

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  20. I love the way toddlers just throw themselves down on the grass :)

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  21. What a cute post, you can feel his enjoyment through the words you wrote :)

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    1. Thank you Orli for your encouraging words. x

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  22. So cute :) F always closes his eyes and thinks that means you can't see him! x

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    1. Thank you. I do get bitten by the creative bug sometimes :)

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  24. Lovely! I think so many children have forgotten the simple pleasures such as jumping in puddles and rolling in the grass so it is great to see your little one loving it!

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    1. We adults forget that too. Ah, to be young and carefree!

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  25. lovely! it's so important to get outside! x

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  26. When you think about the cabin fever we get as adults after a wet holiday indoors, the kids must be desperate to get outdoors!

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  27. How lovely. My kids always think they don't want to go outside when it's cold/wet and then they have such a whale of a time once they're out.

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  28. Children can recharge their batteries so quickly! #CountryKids

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  29. Children's imaginations are wonderful - they certainly make their own fun and it's great to experience the world again through their eyes. Thanks for linking up and sharing your outdoor fun with Country Kids.

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