Where is our summer? At the moment we seem to be having one beautifully hot day, followed by three cold and miserable days in a row. All of us have been feeling really run down and exhausted lately and we’ve just gotten over that horrible summer flu thing, but we really wanted to make the most of Jamie’s day off so we grabbed a couple of sandwiches and snacks and headed for Tehidy Woods in Camborne.
We haven’t been here in a few months and we can’t believe how much Evie has changed. The last time we came, Evie had just started walking. She was only interested in crunching the leaves and didn’t want to stay for very long. Today she seemed really excited and was really taking in all of the surroundings.
Tehidy is really beautiful and there is so much to explore for all ages. There are nine miles of woods, lakes and nature trails, lots of little picnic areas and even a cute cafe nestled in the trees, so it’s perfect for families. We took the circular walk around the lake today. This walk is really family friendly and even caters for buggy’s. We were being brave parents though and decided to let Evie walk the whole way. When we came to the first bridge she squealed with excitement as her new wellie boots clumped on the bridge. It was so sweet!
Much to the entertainment of a few families on the picnic benches, she insisted on going back and forth across the bridge over and over again, squealing the whole time. I think she would’ve been happy to just stay at the bridge for the day.
We managed to coax her away with the promise of finding some ‘tweets’, (birds to you and I) but before long she found some puddles. I don’t know why, but Evie’s never really explored puddles before.[sliderpro id=”19″]
She went crazy in this puddle and it was such a nice feeling to just let her get as messy as she wanted. She sat in it, squished the mud with her hands then tried to dance and splash with her feet which looked so funny because her wellie boots are still a little bit big for her.
Next we went to feed the ducks, but for some reason there were only swans. I am TERRIFIED of swans so could only stand back and watch until some ducks appeared and I felt brave enough to join in.
Evie had a big tantrum because she wanted to eat the bread and not give any to the ducks or swans. She refused to throw any bread at all but when we gave her a piece of her own to munch on, she was more than happy to encourage us to give some to the ducks. Oh the joys of a toddler! Here are some grumpy ‘this is my bread’ faces:[sliderpro id=”18″]
Even though we had a really nice walk, we were a bit disappointed because Tehidy is famous for its squirrels. There are normally hundreds of them and they’re all really friendly and usually come bounding up to you to be fed. In the past I’ve even had a few climb up my leg which is a bit scary, but cute all the same. We were hoping to introduce Evie to some today, but only saw one from a distance.
After feeding the ducks and hunting for squirrels we TRIED to head back to the car. But what is it with toddlers and sticks and stones?
Everywhere we go Evie is like a little Makka Pakka and insists on finding and collecting either stones or sticks. She insisted on carrying these all the way back to the car, stopping every so often to draw in the mud and try and chew on them when she thought we weren’t looking.
I can’t wait to come back here again now Evie is old enough to enjoy it. I really do love inexpensive days. It’s so lovely just watching your little one be free. Well semi-free. Unfortunately we had to insist that Evie wore reins today. As you can see from the puddle and one of my recent ‘my sunday photo’s‘, Evie has a thing about running towards water and splashing in it. She’s also very fast. With lots of ponds in Tehidy we just couldn’t risk her being totally free yet. Hopefully next time!
Have you been on any inexpensive days out lately? Where do you love to explore with your little ones?