1 Feb 2014

Winter Sunshine

Going by the wet weather over the last few days, I was not overly optimistic about being  outdoors with J any time at all this week. Driving to pre-school and all the other song-and-dance groups and playgroups does not constitute outdoor fun. Going outdoors is defined as pulling on your wellington boots and walking running about on two little legs.

As anybody with a young child will know, Saturday mornings mean nothing to these toddlers. So we were up at the crack of dawn today, which, being winter, was about half past six. I was pleasantly surprised to find a ray of winter sunshine streaming in through our window by the time breakfast was done. We just had to make the most of it.

So coats, wellies, gloves and scarf (for me) in place, we stepped out into our back garden and into the cold winter sunshine. It was a welcome release for all of us after being cooped up indoors for the best part of a week.
Catch the ball! And some winter sunshine

So what did we get up to in our back garden in the not-so-warm winter sun?
  • We ran from one end of the garden to the other. 
  • We ran round and round in circles.
  • We tried to chase and catch each other.
  • We played hide and seek. Or "Where's he gone?" in Jspeak.
  • We jumped in a sloshy muddy patch of grass.
  • We pushed the broken tricycle up and down the garden.
Going for a trike ride
  • Then we put a large plastic ball in the little carrier at the back of the trike, and took it for a walk all around the garden.
  • We kicked the ball with all the strength our legs could muster.
    And kick
  • We threw the ball high up in the sky as far as it would go.
  • And then we waited for it to come down and plonk on our heads.
    Up and away it goes!
  • We squinted up to see an aeroplane flying high up in the blue sky.
  • We put out bird feed in the seed holder.
  • Then we waited and waited for the birds to come, for we could hear them in the bushes.
  • We pulled up fistfuls of muddy grass and threw it over our heads.
  • We looked for kitty cats, foxes and doggies hiding in the hedge.
  • Then we looked for Thomas the Tank Engine and all his friends to see if they actually were in our garden.
And then the skies darkened and the hazy winter sunshine was gone. The heavens opened up, and we scampered back in, muddy wellies and all.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

51 comments:

  1. Lot's of lovely things you can do in your own garden- yet sometimes i think we forget how great it is! x

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    1. That is so true. There is so much fun to be had, you don't need to go any further afield than your own back garden x

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  2. gosh you fitted in alot!! it certainly sounds like you both had fun xx

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    1. We did indeed Jaime. It was such a pleasant change after all the wet weather we have had xx

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  3. The advantage of playing in the back garden is being able to dart back in when the weather turns nasty. What fun J had playing while the sun was shining, thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

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    1. Pleasure, Fiona :-) We really did have a blast in the sunshine. x

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  4. So simple but full of fun! You can't beat a muddy puddle to keep the kids happy :-)

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    1. I think it is a little therapeutic for grown-ups as well!

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  5. Sounds like you both had lots of fun. #MagicMoments

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  6. What a lot of fun things you did! It's nice to see sunshine for once.

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    1. It was a very long wait for the sunshine, but worth it in the end.

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  7. Oh that looks like fun - makes me want to go out in our garden, though I'm afraid of the mud.

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    1. I was afraid too. But then I pulled on my wellies and decided to bite the bullet.

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  8. Looks really similar to what we did. Sunshine was such a welcome addition to our day

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    1. It just makes everything feel so much better.

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  9. Sounds like you had a fun filled weekend.

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    1. The winter sun made it even more so :)

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  10. lots of fun! i was so excited to see the winter sun on saturday! shame it was still very cold though!

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    1. I agree. And the wind had picked up by mid-day. We did manage an hour and a bit out though.

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  11. Well done you! I really must get out this coming weekend!
    #MagicMoments

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  12. Ohh it does sound like you had a busy day!! Lots of fun though x

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    1. Absolutely! We both had a great time x

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  13. Oh that makes me long for a bigger garden! Ours takes two seconds to run from one side to the other!

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    1. Tbh, mine prefers going to the big park.

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  14. Aww what a wonderful post, so many great photos - love the ones with the ball way up high! It's always so great getting in the garden, I guess we've forgotten how much there is to do, it's been so wet! Thank you for sharing with #whatsthestory

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    1. Thanks Charly. Fingers crossed for better weather x

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  15. What a lot of fun you had in your back garden! x

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  16. That is a great use for that wintery sun :) Sounds like lots and lots of fun! It was so nice to have some sunshine on Saturday after that rain filled week.

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    1. Thanks Orli. It really was a welcome break.

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  17. So much fun getting to play in the garden, it's so nice to see the days slowly getting lighter as well. x

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    1. It is beginning to feel a lot like spring :-)

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  18. haha I didn't have an idea that there is so much fab activities to be done in the garden :-)

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    1. Oh, there is a lot to be done in the garden :-)

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  19. lovely post i am pleased you have linked it up with #MagicMoments

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    1. Thanks Jaime. Always enjoy linking up with #MagicMoments

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  20. My children are constantly asking to play outside in the garden, it's amazing the things they can find to occupy themselves for half an hour.

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    1. Kids have such wonderful imaginations. They really don't need much to keep them amused and occupied.

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  21. You certainly packed lots into your time in the garden! It's strange that I often overlook playing in the garden as an option to get us up and outside!

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    1. I know what you mean! We tend to overlook the simplest things sometimes x

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  22. Sounds like fun! I do love the cold winter sun :)

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    1. i would prefer it a bit warmer :-)

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  23. Running around is a great way to keep the cold at bay. I love it when it's bright and dry - you can always wrap up against the cold :-)

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    1. So true. Better than when it rains and feels wet and miserable. x

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  24. Horrrray for a little bit of putdoor fun time!

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  25. Sounds like a brilliant day! :)

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  26. Looks like a good time in the garden.

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  27. How lovely. Our garden is teeny but we've been legging it over to the nearest fields when the sun shines and then legging it back when the rain inevitably starts again :)

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