Whatever the weather

I’ve realised this early spring that winter didn’t get me down. Its dark mornings and afternoons, its seemingly endless rain and repetitive storms – The season bothered me less than any winter I can remember. And I think I’ve got Milin and Jasmin to thank.

These two little people made me get out and about and into the weather – no matter what. It was rare that the rain or wind or cold was enough of a reason to keep us indoors. Yes, we put off outings until downpours had passed. Yes, we altered plans and adjusted what we did on certain days to make life easier. But largely, we were outdoors doing things.

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We didn’t give up our regular park walks, our little woodland explorations or riverside discovery forays. We didn’t give up our family walks out in the fresh air at the weekend with Tony. We didn’t give up our habit of getting outside every day to tire us out and clear our minds. And it worked. We got through winter with little cabin fever to speak of.  (Apart from when we all got swine flu. Being stuck indoors for two weeks while so incredibly unwell was really rubbish.)

Having children makes you get out and do things. There’s no time to rue the weather, there is no option of whether or not to get up and go. And once you’re out there, raincoat, wellies, woolies and all – you realise how much better the world looks when you have a clear mind and see it in natural light.

Our wellies got incredibly muddy this winter, but my outlook was rarely darkened by the season. How could it have been – when my days looked a little like this…?

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

11 Thoughts on “Whatever the weather

  1. Love the paddle in the puddle. Its the simple things like this that kids enjoy so much. I must say you are much braver than us. This rain, wind and bitter cold has kept us in but we have enjoyed the dry weather the past few weeks and fully intend to enjoy the sun forecast this weekend.

  2. Lovely reflection on parenthood. They do make you get up and go. Definitely a good sign when wellies are dirty. Here’s to more time outside. #CountryKids

  3. So true… Would never have thought of walking in the mud before having children, but somehow nowadays we are looking forward to rainy days so we can all wear our wellies and splash in puddles! x Mel

  4. A positive angle on the weather is always so refreshing. You just go to prove the weather is a state of mind. Don the wellies and enjoy the fresh air and then you don’t feel cheated of outdoor time, infact quite the opposite, it can make you feel quite smug and alive at having defied the elements. A lovely post really at the heart of the Country Kids spirit.

  5. I agree with you it’s definitely worth getting the wellies muddy and being outdoors with kids no matter what the weather. #countrykids

  6. You have a very serene way of writing, you really set a calm tone and it seems like you have lovely ambling strolls with your children. There is no such thing as bad weather :)

  7. There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing (apparently!) I know what you mean about the winter weather, but I also agree with you that having children helps you see things so very differently. We have been out much more this year, often despite the rain and enjoyed ourselves hugely. Although I am hoping for better seasonal weather now if I’m honest :)

  8. I think you’re absolutely right, and I have noticed that although I’m still not a fan of the snow, it has bothered me much less this year because the kids have had so much fun and it’s made me look at it differently (I actually have a post planned for next week on my relationship with the snow!). Lovely post x #CountryKids

  9. Beautiful post, and you are right they get us outside. It was an extremely MILD winter, and Spring has come much earlier than last year, but it’s great to hear the heavy rains etc… didn’t keep you indoors. Lovely pics. Hopping here from #countryKids x

  10. That’s what wellies are made for- to get messy. Why have them if you don’t enjoy the weather they’re made for

  11. And now Spring is on her way – living on a smallholding means I have to go out every day so like you say – it keeps the cabin fever at bay. AI also now don’t mind having paid over 50€ for my wellies – they have more than paid for themselves!

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