I can’t resist the sunshine even when it’s cold outside. There’s something about a cold, crisp day that makes me feel alive. Going out for a walk and then coming home with pink cheeks from the cold to warm up with a hot chocolate is my favourite way to spend a winter’s afternoon.
We have plenty of open spaces nearby for a short walk out and about. The nearby meadow is a favourite spot – a nice big open space for Sophie to run around in, a bench to sit down if we need to rest for a moment and a small area of woodland with a bridge where we can pretend to be the Billy Goats Gruff or the troll underneath the bridge.
A little imagination turns the most ordinary walk into an adventure. Sticks become fairy wands and who knows what might be hiding behind the trees? Maybe there’s a Big Bad Wolf or a wicked witch in the shadows.
The long shadows cast in the afternoon sun are fun too. “Look Mummy! I can see my shadow!” is the constant cry. We play shadow monsters and have fun seeing what we can make our shadows do.
There are a few geocaches nearby – most of which we’ve managed to find but one had eluded us each time. On our last visit we managed to finally spot it – it helps when you’re actually looking in the right place!
Best of all though is the feeling of switching off from everything and being in the moment. Just enjoying a little Mummy-Sophie time together and having fun out and about in the winter sunshine.