This month’s regular guest post from outdoors mummy blogger, Leila Balin is all about their adventures at the beach and a trip by train….
This morning was Little Man’s second time ever on a proper train. He absolutely loved it. He has been a bit under the weather this week so at first he was very subdued, surveying everything from the safety of his pushchair, holding on tight to his special bunny. We were taking a trip to the beach to see a friend of mine who is working out of the country. She was back this weekend and had some time to spare before she had to fly back so the beach was the ideal spot to meet for a mornings catch up.
The train ride was only a short one but Little Man seemed overawed with the sounds of the doors, the whizzing of the countryside and toing and froing movement. He sat very quiet leaving me to guess how he felt about the whole thing. We hopped off at the required station and I was faced with a monster staircase. How on earth was I going to get a heavy two year old who was absolutely refusing to walk and a buggy packed with everything you could possibly need for a trip to the beach up those stairs. Who knew public transport could be so unfamily friendly! Luckily a large nursery group were headed to the staircase just as I was trying to decide how to tackle it. They had plenty of spare hands and a couple of them helped me wrangle the toddler, the buggy and all the bags to the top as well as all their own toddlers, buggies and bags. Phew! So this is why I don’t use trains or buses very often.
After our little adventure, of which Little Man was most upset about having to leave the safety of this pushchair, we headed down the ramp to the beach and met up with my lovely friend H. As we sat and chatted Little Man refused to be coaxed from his comfortable, cosy seat until H handed him a stone. This was received and then thrown with a big grin on his face as far as he could get it. After a few stone throwing minutes he soon plucked up the courage to leave his throne and hit the beach. Then he was off, in usual Little Man style. I’m not actually sure me and H got to catch up very much. We spent most of the time throwing sand around, running up and down and making sure Little Man threw his stones into the water and not accidently through one of the other tiny tots taking up the beach.
Time flies when you are having fun and it wasn’t long before H needed to catch her train back. Little Man was by this time hungry so after one of his ‘I’m not having my nappy changed’ episodes we were headed back to the platform. After some strawberries and grapes Little Man had warmed up and was very excited to see the trains. H’s train was just before ours so we said goodbye. Little Man looked quite lost when she had gone. We had a good 10 minutes before ours arrived so we spent the time exploring the platform. He was asking me what everything was, naming it as he went. He was interested in the yellow line so we talked about what it meant and then he was off jumping on the benches telling me they were bouncy castles. Everything was viewed in wonder and no space was wasted. I just love how toddlers take up the whole space around them as if it is their own.
Our train finally arrived and this time Little Man was not quiet and subdued. He pointed out everything he could see out of the window, talked about how fast we were going and he even asked why H wasn’t there. Surely she must be, he had seen her get on back at the platform afterall. When we got off at our stop we then had to wait a few minutes before we left just in case we might spot anther train pulling in. I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before he starts asking to go on another train ride. I keep telling him we have to try the bus next. Have you taken your little ones on a train journey lately? Was it a novelty or something you do more often?
Leila writes a personal, nature inspired blog at Mud Marvellous Mud. She is passionate about connecting children to nature and writes about her son’s experiences as they explore together. She is trained to Forest Schools and Beach Schools level 3 and is currently studying for an Open University Open Degree.