What a stormy week it’s been! Our recent stay-cation was full of rain and wind. We barely left our accommodation and instead seized some very rare cosy time together, indoors in front of the fire.

As we’re one of those families that usually just embraces the weather and heads outside regardless of the conditions, mostly because we get really cabin feverish very quickly, we had the really bright idea of going out in the storms this weekend as soon as we got back.

We’ve seen some really creative windy day activities about recently and we’ve just started to teach Evie about weather. Feeling inspired, we’ve made some homemade kites and wind socks this week so were a bit stumped when we got out of the car at our planned destination to test them out, only to find that there wasn’t even the slightest breeze.

Instead we were met with some really unexpected and glorious sunshine!


To be honest, I was so grateful for a nice peaceful walk in the pleasant warm sun.

Yes warm!! There was a point when my jacket came off and if the trees weren’t so sparse of greenery, I would have thought that I’d fallen asleep and woken up in summer. If only!

We walked along to a little spot called ‘Mans Head’ in St. Ives. I’ve mentioned it before as a place that we frequently take picnics in Summer.

This is one of my favourite places to walk. You can see why. It has the ever beautiful St. Ives as a backdrop on one side, and nothing but wild ocean on the other.

Winter Walk Mans Head

It was so lovely to just take a step back and enjoy my family for the moment. It’s been such a hectic few weeks. I’ve been working more than ever and even though we had our stay-cation in between, we’ve barely stopped. Taking these few moments out has really made me see just how much Evie has grown.

Winter Walk

It’s frightening. She really isn’t my little baby anymore. She’s 20 months old this week and I am just in awe of how quickly babies and toddlers develop. It happens right before your eyes, but if you blink you could so easily miss it.

She suddenly seems to understand everything we say and even if she can’t quite talk back to us in full sentences yet, she’ll give answering our questions a good shot.

She has become so boisterous though and the tantrums are becoming a little bit exhausting. I cherish these moments when we get outside in the fresh air and she can just be free.

Winter Walk Family

In the last week she’s also started to realise what a camera is and what it does. If you say to her; ‘show the camera your teeth!’, she’ll give her best toothy grin, which is so sweet and is something I’m fully taking advantage of while I can.

It also means that we now have in existence four whole photos of us both looking at the camera together.

Although the homemade kites never would have flown today, we did get some joy by watching Evie chasing about some bubbles.

Winter Walk Bubbles

Hopefully next week we can get outside and try out our windy day experiments properly, although I certainly won’t be complaining if it is sunny again.

Have you had any little spots of sunshine lately? Have you embraced the weather and gone outside lately?



  1. November 25, 2015 / 7:10 am

    How lovely to have a bit of sun. Though sorry to hear your staycation weather could have been better. I’m sure there will be plenty of other opportunities to test out the windy day ideas #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:25 am

      We can’t wait to test the windy day ideas. We did love our stay cation though, despite the weather it was so relaxing x

  2. November 25, 2015 / 7:40 am

    Gosh what stunning colours in those photos. You look like you had a gorgeous day, walking on the tops. #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:27 am

      It was such an unexpected and beautiful day. St Ives is always good for light and colours. It looks exotic in summer.x

  3. November 25, 2015 / 7:53 am

    I haven’t been to Cornwall since I was a kid and we went to Perranporth every summer, then travelled all over. Good to see it’s still as beautiful as I remember 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:27 am

      Oh I love Perranporth. You definitely need to visit again soon x

  4. November 25, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Aw lovely pics, her coat is flipping gorgeous, I’d like one for me! Yep, we’re experiencing the terrible two’s, what a nightmare! #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:30 am

      I want one of those coats for me too!the terrible twos are so exhausting are t they. Especially the sudden changes between naughty and nice and the sudden random meltdowns in public x

  5. November 25, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Ah, St Ives is one of my favourite places in the UK – no scratch that – the world! I love that walk out along the coast as well. My little boy is almost 20 months too (totally relate to the tantrum issue, and the super cuteness at the same time), and we did this walk last time we were there with him in the baby carrier – he was 6 weeks old! Takes me right back.

    • November 25, 2015 / 10:31 am

      Aww it really is beautiful. You’re so right, they really do change between naughty and nice so quickly, it gets so frustrating sometimes! X

  6. November 25, 2015 / 10:49 am

    We’re exactly the same and get cabin feverish too! We try to brave the weather but recently we’ve had a couple of days watching Disney films and snuggling. What a gorgeous location and equally beautiful photos x #whatevertheweather x

    • November 25, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      It’s horrible feeling being cabin feverish isn’t it. Especially when it’s really gross outside. Sometimes it is nice to have some chilled out, snuggly time indoors though. x

  7. November 25, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    We also like to get out even when its cold out. Its a bit overcast here most of the time but boy when the sun comes out it sure does warm up. The cold weather hasn’t scared us off the bikes yet so we bundle up and enjoy the sun when it peaks out. Glad you got a bit of a break even if you didn’t venture out much. Sometimes snuggling under a blanket is just what the doctor ordered. #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Aww I love bike riding. We don’t do it nearly enough. Our weather has gone very chilly and stormy now. This was definitely a very rare moment. It’s so lovely that you’re still able to go out at this time of year. You can’t beat a good snuggly day though when the weather is rough. x

  8. November 25, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    We actually made a windsock last week as well, but I’ve been too scared to test it as I thought it would blow right away! I suspect you’ll have more chances with the kites than we’ll get sun. Love that little red coat as well, so cute. #whatevertheweather

    • November 25, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Aww thank you, we are obsessed with this little coat. Wind socks are so great to experiment with, but yes the wind has been one extreme to the other this week. Either too strong or none at all! Thank you for linking up x

  9. November 25, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    Oh wow! Look at those beautiful blue skies. Lovely pictures and yes Evie is looking very grown up. It’s lovely to watch them develop and discover new things, I bet she loved the bubbles. Thank you for hosting xx

    • November 26, 2015 / 11:17 pm

      Evie is looking scarily grown up. We were so lucky to have a rare bought of sunshine. She absolutely loves bubbles.There is definitely something fascinating about them when you’re young (*ahem* slash older) xx

  10. November 25, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    I don’t feel like I have taken my coat off outdoors for weeks Chloe! You clearly have better weather in St Ives than we do in Gloucestershire! My youngest is 18 months and he is also growing up too quick:(

    • November 26, 2015 / 11:44 pm

      We are the hottest county in the UK apparently. It’s always a lot warmer. That’s part of the reason we never get snow. I wish we got snow. They do grow so fast don’t they. It’s almost like they reach a year old and then suddenly within a blink they’re walking, running, talking and they’re this little personality. It’s so scary! 🙁 x

  11. November 25, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    Such lovely photos and looks like a beautiful place to visit too.

    • November 26, 2015 / 11:46 pm

      Thank you so much. It is such a beautiful place to visit. We’re lucky enough to call this our home town, but it does mean that whenever we go away we miss home. Both a nuisance and a nicety. x

  12. Jenny
    November 25, 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Aww gorgeous photos! Evie looks so happy, I could never imagine her having a tantrum, but I guess most toddlers are like that! My two are the same, it’s hard when they don’t get much control over their lives, but if there are certain things that they can do themselves then I let them, just to give them more control over their lives (such as giving them jobs like putting things in the bin or putting washing in the dryer, A loves that!). St Ives definitely looks gorgeous, such beautiful weather you’re having down there too. Great you have some photos of you both looking at the camera too! 🙂 x

    • November 30, 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thank you so much! Oh my she tantrums all the time and so much too. We try and give her as much control as possible. But she gets frustrated so easily at the moment. Mostly at food times. We were so lucky to have a blast of sunshine. Although its not happened again since. x

  13. November 25, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Lovely photos and so lucky to have glorious sunshine at this time of the year. My son is nearly 18 months and they seem to develop so quickly at this age, goes so quickly! We visited some Christmas markets today in the rain unfortunately (a few sips of mulled wine helped!) #whatevertheweather

    • November 30, 2015 / 10:08 am

      Thank you so much! The sunshine definitely didn’t last very long which is a shame. They really do develop quickly at this age. It’s frightening! But so amazing to watch. Ohh I love mulled wine!!! I can see why it makes shopping in the rain so much more fun! 😀 x

  14. November 26, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Fab photos, and what a stunning sunny day! Luckily we’ve been in Portugal since coming back from our trip, so the weather has been gorgeous, but I’m already bracing myself for the shock that’ll be moving back to the UK in January! Brrr!! 😉 Thank you for hosting lovely x

    • November 30, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Ohhh January will be so cold. Portugal is so beautiful. I’d love to go one day and I can imagine leaving the weather is going to be so hard. x

  15. November 26, 2015 / 9:53 pm

    Ah, typical! You never can rely on the weather to do what you want. It looks like you had a lovely walk though. Sadly I can’t tell you that the tantrums improve after 20 months. Tin Box Tot is 33 months and has quite ‘strong opinions’. I find that getting out the house and into the fresh air is the best way to handle mini-meltdowns 🙂 #whatevertheweather

    • November 30, 2015 / 10:12 am

      Oh no I can’t wait for the tantrums to go already. haha I love that you call it ‘strong opinions’. Evie is so stubborn I dread to think what she’ll be like when she actually reaches two. I’m glad I’m not the only one that finds that fresh air helps. More me than her haha. xx

  16. November 26, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    St Ives is beautiful! What sunny pics! I just love a sunny winters walk, especially near the sea! X

    • November 30, 2015 / 10:12 am

      It really is beautiful, even on a miserable day which is so lucky. If only we had more sunshine, it’s definitely gone away now. x

  17. November 27, 2015 / 11:40 am

    Oh, I love St Ives, it’s one of my favourite places to visit. He had lovely blue skies on Sunday, but alas, back to rain here again now. Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • November 29, 2015 / 6:56 pm

      It’s funny how the weather chops and changes all over the country yet we’re all not really that far away. I’ve seen people with snow this week, the same day we had no breeze! It’s crazy. Hopefully we’ll all have some blue sky again soon. xx

  18. November 27, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    Although I’m sorry you couldn’t try out the windy day activities, they’ll save for another day! I was so glad to have a nice weather day this week. Although we try to embrace all weathers, a fine clear day is so much easier with my 2 boys. We had a great Monday before the rain and wind started again! #whatevertheweather

    • November 29, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      They’ll definitely save for another day. The wind is so strong at the moment. We were so grateful for the nice weather day. We’re the same, we try and embrace all weathers, but it does get difficult sometimes. I can’t imagine how much more difficult it would be with two!! xx

  19. November 28, 2015 / 8:33 am

    What glorious weather you had that day! It’s a shame you didn’t get to fly your kite though.

    We are going through the terrible twos here too – it’s so mentally exhausting, isn’t it. Xxx

    • November 29, 2015 / 10:55 pm

      It was so beautiful. Definitely a very rare day though. We’ve had none of that weather since. Oh my the terrible twos is so exhausting! I’m sure you’re having the same with the tantrums that don’t make sense. Evie just has a meltdown over anything at the moment. xx

  20. November 29, 2015 / 3:31 pm

    Sunshine… I think I’ve forgotten what that feels like! It’s been weeks of rain and gales up here. So, so cold! We have to make the best of it when the sun does shine though!

    • November 29, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      We really do need to make the most of it when the sun does shine. I definitely hope it shines again soon because we’ve been getting the same as you now. I can’t wait for spring already! 😀 x

  21. November 30, 2015 / 5:53 am

    I love a crisp autumn day like this where the sun is out but you know winter is coming, makes everything look so beautiful. And well done on that beautiful photo together! #whatevertheweather

    • November 30, 2015 / 9:57 am

      It’s so perfect isn’t it. Just a slight nip in the air but still warm. I can’t wait for spring already. xx

  22. December 1, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Oh my goodness she really has grown! So cute! Lovely photos as ever and I really have been meaning to make a kite for about 6 months… Been rubbish st getting outside the first trimester of pregnancy washed me out so only really starting to get my mojo back. I know Monkey is longing to get out so hoping for a good couple if days this weekend to make up for it! Thanks for hosting #Whatevertheweather xx

    • December 2, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      It’s crazy how fast they grow isn’t it. I’m glad you’re starting to get your mojo back now. I was the same in the first trimester, just exhausted all the time. Then the second trimester I was going to the gym and everything haha. I had so much energy! I hope you manage to make a kite soon! xx

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