A Dark Dark Walk

This month’s regular post from outdoors mummy blogger, Leila Balin  ….

This week we have been spotting the first signs of spring with Daffodils poking their little heads up to say hello, buds appearing on the trees and the birds singing earlier in the mornings. The nights are getting shorter, and that anticipation of warmer weather is rising. I’m getting butterflies just thinking about it. I cannot wait till springtime!

With spring on its way we are losing the nights which in a lot of ways is excellent. It means lots more time for outdoor play which is much needed in our house. However, before the nights completely disappear and Little Man stops being able to say goodnight to the moon and the stars we decided it would be an awesome adventure to go for a walk in the dark. So after dinner on Friday night we wrapped up warm and grabbed the big torch ready for our night adventure.

Night Walking with ChildrenWe live in the countryside so there is no luxury of street lights and once you step out the door the only light is from the surrounding houses and the stars above. Little Man was more than happy to toddle down the driveway and out onto the field opposite our house. He had been itching to get outdoors all day and being out in the dark made no difference at all to his eagerness to explore. Along the way he pointed out everything he could see from sticks on the ground to fallen trees practicing his words and making his own sentences. We scared quite a few wood pigeons that had settled in to roost for the night, and there was Little Man shouting birds at the sky and asking Daddy to pick him up for a better look.

We looked for the moon but couldn’t find it tonight so we had to make do with the stars, but it wasn’t long before a couple of planes passed by peaking Little Man’s excitement. He had brought along his little wooden helicopter for the walk and instantly it was being flown around Daddy’s head with sound effects to boot.

Waking in the Dark with KidsWe crossed the little bridge across the ditch stopping to look at the water glisten in the torchlight and then Daddy found a lovely big puddle for splashing in. By this time Little Man was yawning away and was quite happy to look down at Daddy’s feet splish sploshing around rather than have a go himself. We were now only a short walk from home and after a quick run around the garden in the dark Little Man was ready to come inside and get bundled up for bed. He had that lovely contented look he gets once he has had his outdoor fix and we were all pleased with our little nighttime adventure.

Have you been out and about with the kids after dark? If not I would highly recommend it, it gives you a whole new perspective on the places you know so well in the daytime. Maybe you will manage to get better pictures than I did too!

The Outdoors Show

We had a wonderful family day out at The Outdoors Show at the NEC last weekend. Loads of exhibits: Orienteering, mountain biking, high ropes, diving, etc.

My two sons loved the caving experience provided by the British Caving Association. I was a bit concerned when my 5 year old wanted to go in the “cave” alone, but one of the lads from the caving association offered to guide him through. Rhys came out beaming and couldn’t wait to have another go!

The climbing wall was a favorite with Lewys who is 9. He was a little disappointed that he was unable to reach the bell at the top, but nevertheless he made it to the summit!