Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors

February 11, 2014

Country Kids – Making the effort

The weather at the moment is making it very difficult to get out and enjoy the outdoors. I find that we finish work and tend to hibernate. It’s so cold and wet, that it really takes a lot of effort to put on our warm clothes and get out and about.

However, after being stuck in the house for so long, and feeling like we had cabin fever, we decided to throw on our waterproof coats and brave the weather.

After finishing work early and picking up my daughter from school, we headed down to Penarth Pier. The seaside town of Penarth was where my husband grew up as a child and, being only a thirty minute drive away, it’s an easily accessible place for us to visit whenever we have a couple of hours free in evening.


As we parked the car, we could feel the wind howling outside, but we pulled up our hoods and made a dash for it. With only a hand-full of people speed-walking their dogs, we headed down onto the beach to look for interesting shells and pebbles to add to our ever-expanding collection.

It really wasn’t too bad. Yes, it was a little cold, but having the wind blowing through us was such a lovely feeling and something we had missed.


As we walked along the pebbly beach, we soon found lots of shells and unusual shaped stones. We found our pockets getting heavier and heavier as my daughter just couldn’t decide which ones she liked best.

A quick wander along the pier, looking backwards at the changing cliff face, (due to the stormy weather), seeing the rock-falls and wondering how it must have looked hundreds years ago.


After an hour, we felt the cold beginning to bite, and we were ready to head home. We’d definitely blown the cobwebs away, and it felt great.

So, with a little effort, we had our weekly dose of outdoors, came away with some more pebbles to add to our collection, and felt re-energised again.

All from just spending an hour at the beach.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

8 thoughts on “Country Kids – Making the effort

  1. Coombemill says:

    I am so impressed, I know how hard you are working at the moment and after school time in the winter is never inviting to be outside. Despite this it looks like a lovely sea front walk and some gorgeous photos. Thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      You have to make the effort. I find you end up rushing home from school, or from work, and not having any quality family time.
      Thank’s for sharing our stories each week.

  2. Joanna Chittenden says:

    Love Penarth Pier, such a proper Victorian pier with lovely features-is the new gallery/cafe open yet? Have great memories enjoying walking & eating ice creams with both my boys here x

    1. kim says:

      Hi Jo,
      Penarth Pier is one of our favourite places to visit. I love the old features too.
      It’s a great place for taking lots of photographs.
      The cafe & gallery is open now. It looks lovely and is well worth a visit.
      Let’s hope we get some good weather soon for enjoying those ice creams!

  3. Your post should be read out at every school assembly just before half term to remind children and teachers alike that fun doesn’t have to cost much, doesn’t require batteries or mains electricity and can be healthy too. Stow that idea, I think you should go as an ambassador in person so the kids know it’s not a trick. For all those not in reach of a seaside, there must be local hills to roam, ruins to look at or woods to examine.
    Just hold up a picture of me and say this is how they’ll look if they stay indoors.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      Well, your comment is officialy my favourite comment!! What a lovely thing to say!
      Making a little bit of effort gives you so much in return, and I agree that quality time doesn’t have to cost the earth.
      You might not like yourself in a photograph, but how you comment on our stories is your skill. Lovely comments are making me smile, especially with the tough stuff thrown at me at the moment.
      Thank you again. Take care.

  4. Salma says:

    She doesn’t seem put off by the weather at all. Working and relaxing seem like polar opposites, but you have shown it can be done…simply. I have no idea what it’s like where you are, but I guess it’s crazy weather all around. Stay dry!

    1. kim says:

      Hi, We tend to get outdoors in all weathers, so my daughter happy in the sun, wind and rain.
      Thank you for your lovely comment.

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