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Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors


March 22, 2014

As My Daughter Gets Older

Throughout her childhood, my daughter has always enjoyed a variety of adventures in the outdoors. As she grows older, we have seen her adventures get slightly riskier as her confidence grows, and she develops a need to push her abilities further.

Lately, I have been thinking about this.

I’ve been sorting through some old photographs, and recently found some from last year, the first time we went gorge walking. Gorge walking is an activity where you scramble across rocks, jump into pools and rivers, swim against the currents and moving waters, work together as a team to help each other stay safe and, basically, have a day full of fun.

We go to a brilliant spot at Dinas Rock, near Pontneddfechan, which is about a 45 minute drive from Cardiff and is a great location for a day out.

That day was a lovely day and we went as a full, extended family, for a long day. We packed wetsuits for everyone, including my mum and dad, and my nephew. Another bonus to a long day out is the picnic, so we packed some lovely snacks for a full-on adventure day.

Our little adventurers, ready to go.

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We arrived, changed, and made our way down a slippery slope, making the best use of good foot and hand holds. It was great to see both of the young ones helping each other – pointing out the slippery green rocks and feeling so brave as they started their adventure.

The first test was to get our feet wet and we slowly eased into the river water, listening out for the gasps from my husband and dad. The “Alpha Males” didn’t have wetsuits on, just shorts and t-shirts under their buoyancy aids! It was cold, but the first five minutes are always cold. You really have to keep moving and you really will get warmer.

We practiced floating by letting our feet float to the top of the water, and showing the children how the buoyancy aids work. Everyone was so excited, and it was such a new experience. Everyone was having a wonderful adventure.

Getting used to the river: (sorry for quality of photo’s, they were taken by my mum who didn’t know how to use the focus on the camera)

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After playing around in the river, we were now warm and just wanted to explore the environment, so we headed up to the outside jacuzzi!

We tell the children that a mini waterfall is a jacuzzi, where the challenge is to put your head completely into the fast-flowing water and see how long you can stay there. The clever trick is that your helmet acts like an air pocket and you can actuallly stay in the water for quite a long time.

Our outdoor natural jacuzzi

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After lots of fun, we headed to the last part of the gorge – the beautiful waterfalls.

With our working groups, we normally crawl through the waterfall and then jump off the ledge into the pool of water below. It’s such a great feeling when you see a nervous child, who has convinced themselves that they can’t do the jump, and then after lots of encouragement actually leaps into the air and plunges into the pool. Its fantastic and such an achievement, it’s a really positive part of my job.

Back to my own little adventurers, who were a bit nervous of the jump. We played around in the pool, swimming nearer to the edge and letting the water push us around. It was so much fun, bobbing around in the beautiful pool, seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces, and is such a lovely memory.

Playing around at the waterfalls

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It was such a great day, to be able to take the skills from my work and be able to have the adventure with my family. My daughter loved it so much, as she thrived on the challenges of the day and you could see her confidence growing by each step and jump she took.

As a family, it was a great day and, as a parent, I couldn’t have been a more proud mum. I secretly like to think that my little poppet is a chip off’ve the old block!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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21 thoughts on “As My Daughter Gets Older

  1. Coombemill says:

    Oh my Kim this looks so awesome. My kids would just love to do this. What an amazing adventure and I think your Mum did very well with the camera! A really different and wonderful #CountryKids post.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, so happy to be sharing this post. My daughter is getting more and more adventurous as she is getting older. Such a joy to share what I do in my day job with her and my family! Thank you again for letting us share our stories.

  2. Shay Noble says:

    It looks like an awful lot of fun!! So lovely to hear you all had a brilliant time 🙂 x

    1. kim says:

      Such a great day, brilliant fun for everyone!

  3. TheBoyandMe says:

    Hang on a minute, *that’s* gorge walking?! Never in a million years! You’re not getting me to do it, let alone The Boy! You are all mad and brave souls, I’ll stand on the bank and take the photos!

    1. kim says:

      Ha, your comment has made me laugh! After our holiday and our mini adventures I know you could do gorge walking. We would take it very slow and you would be brilliant! You were great on holiday, wandering around in the dark, fire lighting and stairs at Eden Project. It would be fine.

  4. This looks so amazing! What a fantastic experience x #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, a very adventurous #CountryKids this week!

  5. The self confidence you’ve given your lovely daughter will spread to so many other parts of her life too Kim. The stories you share show us what an outdoorsy girl she has become, and ever ready to attempt the next challenge, now it looks like you’re doing the same thing for your nephew too as well as teaching your Dad and husband a few things.

    I can see in just a few short years your little girl will be canoeing down the Amazon
    ( no, not the online shop) and if you’re not careful barreling over Niagara Falls. She’s going to be so grateful to you for these confidence boosters all her life.
    May you all have many happy years of this to come as a family.
    xxx Hugs Galore xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David, sorry for the delay. It’s all a bit busy here at the moment. However after a long day at work your comment has put a huge smile on my face. Thank you, such a wonderful comment. It is lovely seeing her confidence improve, she is growing up to be a very adventurous little girl.

      Thank you again, I really love reading your comments! Make me smile every time.

      Take care,
      Kim

  6. Martyn Highgate says:

    Alpha male Dad took days to thaw you def need a wet sit on a cold day but your mams spud and leek soup did the trick

    1. kim says:

      It was funny seeing you two jumping in without wet suits on! Homemade soup always helps warm you up to. Such a brilliant day!

  7. Martyn Highgate says:

    that should read wet suit not wet sit

  8. jenny paulin says:

    wow Kim this is an epic day out for you and your family! It does sound like a lot of fun and something I am sure my two boys would def enjoy in a few years time! What an adventure and I would be proud of my child too if she did that well. xx
    thank you for linking up and apoloigies for the delay in commenting i was away at the weekend xx

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was such an amazing day. It’s great as my daughter gets older as we are able to do more adventurous activities and I am so proud seeing her confidence grow. Please don’t worry about the late response, life gets in the way sometimes!

  9. My son has just looked over my shoulder and said “Wow – that looks like fun!”

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, it really was so much fun. We had such a lovely day.

  10. There is somewhere near us that you can do gorge walking and canoeing, when the children are older it would be great fun, if i could muster up the coursge to have a go! #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Sounds great. It was such a brilliant day with lots of learning and fun for everyone. It’s lovely as my daughter gets older, she really is so confident when she is in the outdoors.

  11. Christine says:

    My 11 year daughter would love this. She is going for a week away on a school adventure trip to Wales in May and I’m hoping she’ll get to do something like this! I

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was a brilliant day. I’m sure your daughter will have an amazing time! Thank you for commenting.

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