Wednesday was a strange day. It was grey and wet, it was also the day that the world woke up to the news that Donald Trump was the new president of the United States. This isn’t a political blog, so I won’t mention it again, but suffice to say I needed cheering up. Luckily, it was also the day that Finn finally seemed to have shaken off whatever mystery bug(s) had been bothering him for the last month. He woke up hungry and loud, so I knew he must be feeling better!
So, what was the first thing I did? I dug out our waterproofs and we headed off for a bit of outdoor time. Fermyn Woods is the one country park in our county that I haven’t visited, it also just happens to have a brand new wild play trail that I was keen to explore.
There was only one other car in the car park as we pulled in, there was an eerie calm about the place. I guess that not everyone is as hardy as us, but I quite enjoyed the quiet-especially after the drama of the night before.
I had checked the forecast and the rain was supposed to be easing, although it didn’t show much sign of stopping. One unexpected positive of this was that I discovered that Finn can say ‘rain’, complete with cute hand action!
We followed one of the marked walks for a bit, but I really wanted to see the play trail. Some of the challenges were a little too advanced for Finn, but he loved playing on the logs and natural climbing frames.
I did feel a little guilty dragging Finn out as he hasn’t been himself lately and it really was a miserable day. But I made sure he was well wrapped up with several layers underneath his lovely Elka waterproofs from Wet Wednesdays. I definitely think that the fresh air did us both good. Coincidentally, I’d just read some great posts about keeping children warm, both Monkey and Mouse and Potty Adventures have some good advice for getting out in the winter.
We retired to the wonderfully child-friendly cafe for hot chocolate and beans on toast before heading home.
It was just what we both needed and I was so glad that I overcame the urge to stay in and drink tea all day.
Do you still enjoy outdoor adventures in the winter? What are your top tips for staying warm and dry?
Categories: Days Out