Our Weekend Outdoors


Once the summer months have passed, there is a strong temptation to stay tucked up inside where it’s snug and warm.

As you know, I adore nothing more than a candle and some cosy time. But I also try to beat those winter energy slumps and the best way has to be via moving about in the great outdoors. The kids both love playing on their bikes and scooters, going up and down the street where we live. Our Santa list also includes a fair few other outdoor toys too.

Feeling a bit lethargic yesterday, I was determined to get up and go; making that decision to earn my place on the Strictly sofa later. Keeping the kids active outdoors is a big passion of ours. Apart from the fact all that running around sets them up well for a healthy childhood, it always helps tire them out very nicely for an easier bedtime. Bonus all round.

This weekend the weather was a bit mixed, but we set ourselves the task of not going far in the car and just making the most of our surroundings. We live in such beautiful Northumberland countryside and it can be easy to forget how stunning that day-to-day scenery is.

So, slumped under a blanket, I got off my backside and we took the kids on the most beautiful woodland walk. We ran and giggled, got covered in mud and tripped over- all the best countryside fun. On the way home we stopped off for some treats to tuck into, and boy, did our rainy afternoon indoors feel even sweeter.

Measuring the family trek, my husband found we had actually covered 3.7 miles. Our eldest, who is 7, walked all of it and the littlest (aged 4) only had a piggyback for the last stretch. Those miniature legs sure got a good workout. And mine did too…

*Post in collaboration with Skate Hut. All thoughts are my own.

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