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!

TEHIDYMuch 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.

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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:

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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?

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  1. August 12, 2015 / 6:45 am

    Thank goodness Evie had her wellies on! Looks like a fab day out. Toddlers don’t really need much to stay amused, do they: ducks, puddles and sticks. Sounds about right! We have loads of free parks around us to explore or we can wander down by the river- always a winner. #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:06 pm

      Ducks, puddles and sticks would keep Evie occupied for hours. 🙂 I love inexpensive days. They’re so much fun and you can go back time and time again. x

  2. August 12, 2015 / 7:09 am

    Wow it looks lovely and I loved the comment about your daughter being like makka Pakka! #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:09 pm

      haha she really is a little makka pakka. She collects stones wherever we go. x

  3. Mum in Brum
    August 12, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Ah she looks like she had an ace time! A walk that caters for buggies?? I need to find more of those!We usually end up hauling ours over fences and across streams – Taylor is used to a bit of off-roading! So funny that she wanted all the bread to herself, love toddlers #whatevertheweather xx

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Haha she really did have a great time. It’s so rare finding one that’s great for buggies. Especially a natural woodland! x

  4. August 12, 2015 / 8:30 am

    Tehidy looks stunning, just the sort of place we would love to explore ourselves. Being 9 miles worth of open land, you’ll have many years to explore I imagine! Shame you didn’t see lots of squirrels though 🙁 x#whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Luckily it’s free entry and is open all year around so I’m sure we’ll see the squirrels again. 🙂 It’s such a beautiful woods too. It’s stunning in autumn, perfect for picnics in summer, great for messy walks in winter and the bluebells in spring are simply stunning. x

  5. August 12, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Aw she’s adorable! I love her wellies and butterfly rucksack! I’m terrified of swans too, we went to feed some ducks the other day and a swan came over hissing. We quickly legged it and poor Emma was a bit confused by it all 🙂 #Whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much. 🙂 Oh when they hiss it’s so scary isn’t it! You always here that a swan could break your arm, the only comfort in that sentence is that I’ve never heard of anyone this has happened too. I’m still not quick to stick around if they hiss either though. x

  6. August 12, 2015 / 9:44 am

    Sometimes it really is the simple things in life that puts a smile on your face isn’t it. Sounds like a lovely day without having to spend a small fortune. I love Evies little backpack/reins. So cute ♡

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:28 pm

      Oh it really is. It’s so hard to go out for the day without spending loads as well isn’t it! 🙂 Thank you for your comment. Evie’s reins are so brilliant. I think they were from Mothercare. x

  7. August 12, 2015 / 10:36 am

    Looks a lovely place, my kids still insist on collecting random sticks and they are 7 and 10! #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      Haha I bet it occupies them for a long time too. Who needs toys! 🙂 x

  8. August 12, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Looks so ovely, just like our favourite park! Nothing beats trees lakes and quacks! Love her little back pack <3 xx

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:29 pm

      It’s so nice just to get some fresh air sometimes too isn’t it. x

  9. August 12, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Great post, sometimes simple days out-like a walk in the woods- can’t be beaten! I can’t wait until I get to buy Baby some wellies and he can go splash in puddles and kick up the leaves. Simple pleasures!

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:30 pm

      I love simple days out. It’s such a nice age isn’t it when you can splash about with them. I’m excited about that this autumn/winter too. 😀 x

  10. August 12, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    What a beautiful place, just the sort of outing my guys would love. We have some beautiful woods near us too. They can’t resist puddles or sticks though, can they 🙂 And, the bread thing has just brought back some wonderful memories of taking my boys to feed the ducks when they were tiny! Thanks for hosting x

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:31 pm

      It’s the simple things isn’t it. Who needs toys when you have puddles and sticks 😀 It’s so nice just being outside in the fresh air exploring isn’t it. x

  11. Jenny Eaves
    August 12, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    Aww, lovely photos! So funny that she wouldn’t let the ducks have any bread, A was the same when we went to feed the ducks, he likes them and squeaks at them, but no way was he throwing his precious bread to them! Love that she had so much fun in the puddles and bridge, A does that too when he finds something he can stamp on to make lots of noise!
    A lovely walk, hope you manage to get rid of the reins next time! 🙂 x

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:33 pm

      haha Evie’s the same. She makes lots of noises at them and says hello to them a lot, but grips onto the bread and cuddles it in so tight! It’s so lovely watching them having fun outdoors and exploring things for themselves. I really wish we didn’t have to use the reins, but we literally took her to the beach yesterday and she ran straight to the sea again, clothes on and everything. x

  12. August 12, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    A beautiful place. I love the woods for exploring as a family…I also have a bit of a thing for cute little bridges, so this would be lovely. It does look like you all had fun.

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:34 pm

      There are lots of little bridges in this woods so there was lots of stomping and looking for trolls. x

  13. Laura
    August 12, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    This looks like a lovely day out, we have a mini makka pakka too – will definitely remember this place as a day out option for some “stick stone” action! #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:35 pm

      haha they seem to love sticks and stones! Who needs toys! 🙂 It really was a lovely day. x

  14. LittleOandme
    August 12, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Ah, such lovely photos. Oliver loves bridges too and will happily spent hours walking back and forth. I love taking Oliver on walks like this, it’s so lovely letting them explore isn’t it.
    Thanks so much for hosting #whatevertheweather
    Becky xx

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much. I am so gutted I didn’t capture this moment on video. But at least it’s in my memory. It’s so cute watching them explore and discover all the new sounds and textures. I love watching them be free to splash about in puddles if they choose or throw about the leaves. It’s also fun to get involved and be a little kid again 🙂 x

  15. August 12, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Evie is so so sweet. Ethan was the same when he was at Evie’s age, collecting stones and sticks. It doesn’t stop there though. Now he is collecting feathers too! Love that kids loves puddles. I think they’ve got it from Peppa Pig! What a lovely day out you had with Evie and Daddy. Our inexpensive day recently has been our walks in our local parks. We pretended that there was the Graffulo there hiding in the deep dark woods! hehe 😉 xx #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Aww thank you so much. Haha I guess I have feathers to come! 🙂 It’s so lovely watching them splash about isn’t it. Parks are great, that’s such a great idea to make up little stories and bring them to life even more. I’m going to try that next time we go somewhere. x

  16. August 13, 2015 / 6:28 am

    There’s nothing better than a good old muddy puddle to jump in. It’s amazing how fast they grow isn’t it? We had the same with ours at one of the farms we went to earlier in the year. When feeding ducks bread, always feed yourself too – toddler rule for life 😉 thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:56 pm

      I can’t wait to get some new wellies (mine are broken) so I can jump in muddy puddles too haha. It’s scary how fast they grow. That’s a good rule to follow – one for you, one for the ducks. x

  17. August 13, 2015 / 1:21 pm

    Ooh I love a good walk in the woods, seeing lots of nature. It must be nice to go back now that Evie’s walking! #whatevertheweather Sabrina xx

    • August 13, 2015 / 8:57 pm

      It’s so different now she’s walking. She’s so much more aware and really curious. It’s lovely. x

  18. August 13, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Aw what lovely photos, you are better than me letting her sit in it! lol its great she really enjoyed the experience 🙂 Monkey is still obsessed with sticks and stones at 3 months… we have a collection in the back garden! xx #whatevertheweather

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      We didn’t have much choice in that haha. The first things she did was sit down. From then on we just thought ‘screw it!’ Her dress was drenched! Haha that’s so cute that you have a collection! 🙂 I don’t think it’s a phase that goes away very quickly. x

  19. August 13, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    What a lovely woods. Our 1 year old loves water too. I’ve taken to keeping a towel and change of clothes in the car now, in case of that unexpected puddle, and I totally know what you mean about wearing the reins. It’s quite amazing how fast such little legs can run! 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:24 pm

      That’s such a good idea keeping spare in the car! I must do that. x

  20. August 14, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Oh my gosh, your daughter is precious! What a lovely day together. Don’t worry I wouldn’t have gotten close to the swans either. Those and geese can be mean. Thanks for sharing #WhateverTheWeather

    • August 16, 2015 / 4:26 pm

      Oh my geese are terrifying! Thank you so much for your lovely comment. 🙂 x

  21. August 16, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Pooh sticks is such a great idea! It’s so touch and go at the moment isn’t it. At least your holiday makers have so much to do on the farm. It must be fun whatever the weather :-D. I am so excited about this interactive stage. I’ve been thinking up fun activities to do for this age since before she was born. 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying the summer holidays and loved your well-deserved break to Brighton last week. xx

  22. August 16, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Evie looks so cute in her wellies and bag! The weather has been a let down in here as well and we also try to go out when its sunny! #countrykids

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Merlinda! I know, what’s going on with our summer? Hopefully the sunshine will come out and stay. x

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