Outdoor Fun

This week, we have been making the most of the sunshine and spending a lot more time out of the house.

Crevette (5 years 11 months) had his sports day on Wednesday. It was windy but enjoyable. We watched him race, run under a parachute with his classmates, play hockey and jump over small hurdles. He kept checking we were still there, which I thought was incredibly sweet. He was really proud to be third in one of the races (well, out of four…).


That afternoon, we had an enforced walk to Beanie’s (3 years 9 months) pre-school as hubby had left the car home but taken the key to work. The 45-minute round trip was a blessing in disguise (despite the initial moaning) as it was warm but breezy. After picking up Beanie at the end of her session, we had an impromptu trip to a park I had not been to before. We were the only ones there and I think I had more fun than my three and five year-olds on the zip wire. It was liberating to act like a kid, lose my inhibitions and just enjoy the moment.

When we got home, we watered the plants and picked our first raspberries of the summer. They tasted heavenly!


Yesterday afternoon, I took Crevette and Wriggly (4 weeks) to see my friend Ness and her two little girls. Her new baby is a doll! The children bounced and bounced and bounced on the new trampoline. We sat outside chatting and had chocolate cake, ice cream, biscuits and cherries. Now that is my kind of snack time!

You cannot possibly have a British summer without rain, can you? After taking Crevette to school today, we walked home quickly not to get drenched, but after an hour or so, the girls were getting restless and started randomly emptying cupboards and turning the house upside down. I fed Wriggly, got our wellies out and we went to our local park. It was the first time jumping in puddles for Jumpy (1 year 8 months) and she fully embraced it!

Jumpring in Puddles

On our way, the girls noticed a snail. When Beanie touched it, the poor creature got scared and sheltered in its shell. She decided to have a one-way conversation with the snail (as you do!): “Oh sorry snail… We’re going to the park snail! Maman, I asked the snail and the snail said yes you can go to the park!”


A wet park is an empty park so we had it all to ourselves, which we thoroughly enjoyed. After less than an hour, both girls were soaking wet, covered in mud, arguing, hitting each other and Beanie had wet herself. It was time to go home so my little monkeys could have a warm shower and lunch.

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  1. Wow! That’s an amazing day!! It is so good to see little ones growing in confidence. Very jealous of your home-picked raspberries- one day!

    • They taste so much nicer when you pick them and eat them straight away! I am useless at growing stuff, but raspberries just look after themselves.

  2. Kim Carberry says:

    What a great week you’ve had! It’s lovely to get outdoors whatever the weather x

  3. what a lovely week you’ve had…long may the sun continue 🙂 #WotW

  4. Sounds like a great week, sunshine is wonderful, but splashing in puddles is pretty good too 🙂 #WotW #CountryKids

    • It was! I am really pleased we embraced the rain. I appreciated the rain almost as much as I normally enjoy a sunny day. As for the kids, as long as running around and getting dirty is involved, they are always happy. Add snails to that and it makes their day!

  5. Alexandra Mercer (Life of mummy) says:

    I’m glad the rain didn’t put you off, it sounds like a lovely day was had by all x

  6. yay check you out on the zip wire!! love it i will have to go on one soon, i always put it off!

  7. That’s brilliant Mel! I love a sneaky go on a dispute too and hubster and I scaled a tree with JJ while we were on holiday. Great to rediscover your inner child! Lovely to have a wet playground to yourself too! Love your bracelet. X

    • Thanks Sam! I normally plan meals for the week and write a shopping list accordingly, but I think I will not bother tomorrow. Let’s hope hubby brings home a few ingredients that work together as a meal! Climbing trees… I have not done that since I was 7 or 8. You are definitely in touch with your inner child, Sam! I am sure I could climb a tree. Coming down would be where it could get tricky for me.

  8. Off topic but lovely bracelets!

    Can’t beat a bit of puddle jumping a la Peppa Pig! Looks like lots of fab time outside xx #CountryKids

    • I had forgotten all about those bracelets until I fumbled in my drawers and found them last week. I have worn them every day since. Jumping in puddles rocks!

  9. Great photos, and glad you enjoyed your son’s sports day. It’s so easy to get preoccupied with winning (or, in my case, annoyed at my son’s school’s fervent culture of non-competition) that you forget to just sit back and enjoy the fact they’re enjoying just being part of it. Or, in the case of my eldest son, playing to the camera!

    • I have to say I am not remotely competitive when it comes to sports, but it was good to be there and enjoy it all.

  10. Sounds like you’ve had a busy but fun week! Puddle jumping is a lot of fun but unfortunately for me my boys hate getting wet so we hardly get to do it. We do go for walks a lot though – it’s a great way to burn engery off! And my boys have a lot of that 🙂 X

    • We have! My kids love getting wet; I am normally the reluctant one. We walk a lot, too. They need lots of exercise to sleep well at night, don’t they?

  11. Lots of lovely outdoor fun – no matter the weather. As far as I am concerned you are never too old for fun on a zip wire. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  12. Nothing like a bit of puddle jumping. You have to love it if you live in England I think. The zip wire looks like a lot of fun, always good to embrace your inner child. Emma x

    • So true! When I was growing up in France, going out in the rain was not an option (water fights in the sun: yes, getting cold and wet in the rain: no) and I had never heard of mud pies until a couple of years ago… the concept is completely alien to me!

  13. Sounds like you had an interesting time. Really want to try growing raspberries next year.

    • Raspberries are great; they just tend to take over the whole garden if you are not careful (that would be us!).

  14. Looks like a good time was had by all. I’m always jealous of the children on the zipwires. I’m never sure whether one would take my weight!

    • That’s exactly what I thought as I was on it… they must be designed so teenagers can go on them as well so surely we are OK 🙂

  15. Love the photos and am so jealous that you have raspberries! I really want to grow them but they take up too much room in our little garden! Will have to stick to strawberries but in my book they are nowhere near as good!

    • You should see the size of my ‘garden’ (tiny yard!). We have less than a square meter to plant stuff, and those raspberries have taken over the whole lot (much to the children’s delight!). They taste so nice; we forgive them!

  16. normaleverydaylifeblog says:

    I hope they took a good nap for you after the bath and lunch! You deserved it! 🙂 #magicmoments

    • They did! Jumpy slept for three hours and Beanie had a little lie down in front of the TV whilst I was feeding their little sister. Nice, relaxing day.

  17. ~Merlinda~ (@pixiedusk) says:

    Every time my son goes to the playground I would always use the swing. So true about enjoying life and the moment. I wouldn’t miss a chance to ride the swing for the world! #countrykids

  18. Love the conversation with the snail, and so good of it to give permission!

    • Isn’t it just? My little girl just comes up with the most creative explanations for things and funny scenarios.

  19. I hate snails but my two seem to love them too – I swear they’d have them as pets if they could! Love the splashy photo!

  20. Such lovely photographs. I am loving this time of year, life just seems so much nicer when you can be outside more, doesn’t it? And I am a big kid who loves a zip wire too, in fact I’m just generally partial to adventure play equipment, and I love that my kids find it so much more exciting when Mummy is on there too. x #sharewithme

    • Days are longer, the weather is generally warmer, the summer holidays are just around the corner. Yes, definitely my favourite time of the year! The children do like it when we take part in their little activities, don’t they? Wait until they are teenagers… They will hide from us!

  21. Sounds like a lovely week!! I’m in love with the baby hunters

  22. Such fun in such simple activities 🙂 love that phrase ‘a wet park is an empty park’! Glad you’re getting out and about – fab photos as always and I your raspberries are super yum xx #sharewithme

  23. Ah, zip wires are great fun for everyone! 😉 Sounds like you’ve been having a good time

  24. The zip wire looks lots of fun and the splashing in wellies looks even more fun 🙂

  25. Good for you for going on the zip wire. Last week I had more than a few goes on the slide at the park once I realised it was wide enough to accommodate my bum. It was great fun. 😉 #sharewithme

  26. Sounds like a rather prefect week! My kids love getting outdoors, and park trips and snails make them very happy, too 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  27. Home picked raspberries I am so very jealous. Sounds like a perfect week too, loving all the fun outdoor fun too. Photos are great. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me always great to see the sun shining and families getting out to enjoy it. #sharewithme

    • It really was a nice, active week. You feel so much better when you spend lots of time outdoors, don’t you?

      • For sure. The kids are always more behaved when they are outdoors more. Space to run and play.

        • It did not work tonight… I took them to the park after their usual bedtime (so hot here today!) and they were still up after 9 p.m. Must be the excitement of the summer holidays starting!

  28. I am SO jealous of your home grown raspberries! I have such a thing for them lately! Loely photos 🙂

  29. Sounds like you had a fabulous day! Xx


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