Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors


March 09, 2014

A Lovely Sunday Afternoon.

It feels like we’ve had nothing but rain lately, and everyone’s feeling like they have cabin fever. Getting outside isn’t easy, and play activities are being constantly changed due to the continual wet and miserable weather.

My friend and I had arranged to meet up one Sunday, recently, and we made a vow to go outside, whatever the weather. We both agreed that the children just needed to get out and have a “blow-through”. To make the day nicer, she’d very kindly offered to make us a full, and very delicious Sunday roast, which is one of my daughters absolute favourites. It’s mine too, especially because of the bread sauce! This would give us lots of energy, and warmth in our bodies, to help us make more effort and get outside.

On Sunday morning, we woke up to blue skies and not a dark cloud in sight. It was a miracle, and I noticed how much my mood had changed because we had the windows open and a view of the clear day.

After an amazing roast dinner, (with second helping, of course), we pulled on our wellies and headed up to the forest and mountain areas of Caerphilly. Caerphilly has great walks, and all within a very close distance. This makes it so much easier to find the motivation to go for an afternoon walk.

My daughter and her best friend led the way, stomping along muddy paths, navigating through the brambles and finding good sticks to beat back the hedges to make our walk-ways clear. We got stuck in mud, made fantastic, squelching noises, and it just felt great to be outside and enjoying the good weather.

We were all very happy.

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After finally completing the up-hill part of the walk, we came out onto a lovely open space, where the girls ran off and instantly enjoyed their freedom.

They were outside!

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We two mum’s were able to sit back and relax, chat and catch up. The girls ran around, explored and wore themselves out. It was so lovely to see, and felt like we hadn’t seen them so free for ages. We didn’t have any shops, toys or other distractions. The girls just had an open space, and they were in their element.

After time spent at the top of the hill, we took a slow walk down a muddy slope, being very careful not to slide the whole way down! The girls took their own paths in the wooded area until they reached the really steep bits, when they edged back towards us as they needed our help.

After mastering the slippery slope, we reached the bottom and found a field with some horses. The girls loved ripping up the grass and testing their confidence feeding the animals behind the fence. As their confidence grew they would take it in turns to step into the field, taking longer strides and feeling very brave.

But as soon as a horse would move, they would quickly run back behind the safety of the gate.

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As the afternoon came to a close we headed back, a little worn out but all with smiley faces. Such a lovely and easy afternoon spend with good friends, especially one who makes a mean Sunday roast!

This post is linked up with:

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 and also  mummy mishaps

16 thoughts on “A Lovely Sunday Afternoon.

  1. It sounds and looked to be a fantastic day. I have my fingers crossed that you’re sharing our weather today which reminds me of a beautiful Summer’s day even with a slight chill in the air.Even I have enjoyed being outside the house in this.
    xxx Massive Hugs Kim xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi, how different do you feel if the weather outside your window is great. We spent the day at a beach in the Gower today, really making the most out the fine weather. Glad to see you got outside as well, hope you had a nice time.
      Sending the hugs back too,
      Kim

  2. What a lovely walk! I can’t wait till my wee man is big enough to do some nice hill walking. So glad that sun shone for you too!

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it makes such a difference when the sun is shining and we can see a blue sky. There is great freedom with hill walking,
      and such a great activity for children.
      Thank you for commenting.

  3. Nicole Webber says:

    Lovely lunch and walk. Loads of lovely walks around caerphilly mountain. Find new walk each time we go. Dont spend any money and children free to run snd explore. Perfect afternoon with friends.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I’m so glad you liked the post. Was such a lovely way to spend a Sunday, and who could beat one of your Sunday roast’s. I love
      easy {and not spending money part.} Thank you for looking in on blog.

  4. Sunday roast and walks in the Spring sunshine – what great fun. I can see the girls had a lovely time together and it was a chance for you to have a great catch up with your friend. Thanks for linking up and sharing some lovely photos with Country Kids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, we are very lucky where we live. Lots of lovely walks and all very close to our door. Such a lovely way of spending time with our friends too.
      Thank you for letting us share our stories.

  5. jenny paulin says:

    the best thing to do after eating a roast is to get out otherwise you are always in danger of falling asleep if you sit down somewhere comfy (or is that just me then!?).
    it looks like the girls had a wonderful time out and about and hurrah to a dry and sunny day at last! Myt two love nothing more than having a wide open space to run around in and not be constrained and i love seeing them make the most of it too.
    thank you for linking up x

    1. kim says:

      Yes, falling asleep on the sofa after a roast is a huge risk. The girls {and mums} had such a wonderful time, and the area is right on
      the doorstep, we are so lucky where we live.
      Thank you for letting us share our stories.

  6. What a fab time – I love how the girls thought they were brave then ran back to the gate #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Yes, the gate was their comfort place that day. They thought they were very brave just setting a foot on the field!

  7. Meredith says:

    Looks (and sounds) like the perfect Sunday – good food, good friends, and good air!! It’s so nice to get outside and spend some energy in a natural surrounding 🙂 Glad you guys had such a beautiful day!

    1. kim says:

      Such a lovely Sunday. Great having friends who are like minded and enjoy the outdoors. Thank you for commenting.

  8. Joanna Chittenden says:

    Lovely, nice to see the girls having fun:)

    1. kim says:

      Hi Jo, they have so much fun when they play. Just an easy walk and they loved every minute.

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