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Saturday, 9 November 2013

Monkeying About in the Park #CountryKids

From Halloween until after The New Year life gets so hectic, doesn't it?  It's typical that when there is more to do, there are less hours of daylight to get everything done.

We find that we need to make every effort to fit in more outdoor fun whenever we can and whatever the weather.

On this Sunday, Danny was meant to go to a Bivvy Camp with cubs, however with a Amber Weather warning the camp was cancelled.  That explains why in this post Danny is wearing a thermal vest and his cubs trousers- we did tease him that he looked like Simon Cowell!

It was very windy, but we needed to get supplies and to let the kids have some fresh air and exercise.  So, after the supermarket run we went to the nearest park for a play.

They are all such monkeys and love a climb and a swing.  I don't find it so easy and only succeeded in cutting my hands when I tried to swing and somersault as the kids and Dave do!

Dave and Izzy take a moment to rest and watch the others climb.  

Danny at the top!  He was swaying lots in the wind so he didn't stay up there too long!

Playing in the park makes great gymnastics practice.

Caitlyn walks along the tightrope spider web.  Izzy could do this too until the the higher rope became too high for her to hold onto.  She can't wait until she can play and climb as well as the others.

 Danny up the top- again!

Izzy wonders when she'll make it to the top like her big brother and sisters.

Cailtlyn looks up to Danny.

The park was very pretty with fallen Autumn leaves on the ground. 

You can just about make our Rebecca standing behind Izzy pushing her on the swing.

It's great having a big sister to push you higher.

The big girls take over the baby swings.  It's a shame that there aren't any normal swings in this park.

I love swings!

I love Danny's new boots.  He had very expensive Winter Boots for all his Winter Survial Cub Camps.  He loves to get really muddy and to encourage him to start taking responsibility for keeping his shoes and boots clean, I asked him to clean up his boots ready for camp.  He "hand washed" them in a bowl of hot water, then put them in the tumble dryer which mealted the glue and completely wrecked the boots.  We had to have a quick visit to Tesco to replace them and found these boots reduced to  £6 in his favourite style- Camo!  I don't know how long they'll last, but for £6 they're doing their job fine!

We played lots of different games on this climbing frame and slide.  It was a nice safe one for Izzy to explore independently.  Some have lots of gaps with high drops and I have to run around blocking all the possible falling points!

They all had fun on the see-saw.

We had great fun playing in the park, and I'm pleased to say that whatever the weather (and we've had high winds, heavy down falls and sleet this week) we've been managing to fit in fun outdoor play every day in some way.  

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. That is a rather I'd climbing frame, I think that the next time I'm near one like that, I might just have to have a go as well, with gloves on of course! Your children look like real monkeys on it.

    Nipping over from Country Kids.

    1. Ooh, that's a good idea! I'll put my gloves on next time! :-)

  2. Love the shots looking up through the climbing frame! Looks like they all had a great time :) #CountryKids

  3. What a brilliant spider's web to climb. Good height to it too. You are doing well to get out everyday. #CountryKids

    1. Thanks. Some days it's only a walk but I find it makes my life easier than when they're indoors and getting cabin fever lol x

  4. Looks like a fun place to play. It made me nervous looking at the top of the spiderweb.

  5. Such a lot of free natural play going on! They looked like they all had a fab time and there was something for all their ages and they all seem to play so lovely together. Seeing your daughter on the climbing frame reminds me of Clio who does exactly the same and attends gymnastics too. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fab outdoor fun with Country Kids.

    1. Thanks, oh that's great, I wish that I had done gymnastics, I'm sure i'd be a lot more supple now than what I am. Hope they keep it up, so good for them. :-) x

  6. Looks like they all were having so much playing outside - especially climbing to the top of the spider frame!

  7. My heart is always in my mouth when my kids go up tall climbing frames like that.Parks are such great places for kids t let off steam and make new friends.The storm did make us feel claustrophobic so we got out the day after when it all cleared.Popping over from Country Kids.

    1. Yes me too. I have to admit that I would not have climbed it myself as a child and prob would not have been able to "loosen the apron strings" and let my kids do it, were it not for their Dad. He climbs up masts every day, so they get there head for heights and balance from him!

  8. Oh these spiderweb climbing frames scare me. I've seen a little boy fall through the holes from top to bottom, but Amy loves them and I try to trust her with it x #countrykids

    1. Me too! As mums, we can't help but think about the "What ifs". That must have been awful, poor thing. Yes, like you, I've learnt to trust them on there but have to admit that either Dave or I were always below them ready to catch at any time, "just in case". Before Danny's third op, he could never climb and I didn't think he would ever have the strength to pull his body up, but now he can and loves physical play. Strictly speaking, he should not play at a height due to medication, however, when looking at his future, quality and enjoyment of life is a huge factor, as is his stubborn character! They're lucky that their Dad is a monkey and has always climbed up with them the first couple of times to make sure they know how to clmb safely. They love climbing trees too, again, we are always below and I did have to catch my daughter the other day as she missed her footing! and could hand on no longer! Thankfully, we have never had an injury yet...


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