Mucking around

December 28, 2013

PODcast IMG_2551 v2A break in the clouds saw us head off to explore the magical quest that is the Enchanted Story Trail. Armed with a map of RHS Wisley, our mission was to discover the secret hideouts and burrows of a host of curious characters. From tropical treasures to plant-loving pirates, it promised festive magic at its most charming.

POD enjoyed Foraging for Father Christmas in the garden so we knew she’d love it.

Sometimes the best laid plans don’t quite work out the way they were intended! After queuing in the PODcast IMG_2572 v2Glasshouse and reaching the front to discover there was another 20 minutes to wait, we cut our losses.

We’d been cooped up indoors for a couple of days so unperturbed we opted for a walk instead.

We re-visited the Christmas Display while we were in the Glasshouse then headed back outdoors.ย It was wet from downpours the day before but the sun appearing made for a beautiful day. The grounds looked as wonderful as they always do at Wisley.

PODcast IMG_2587 v2POD was delighted there were so many muddy puddles to stamp across and jump into. No puddle was left untouched as she took it upon herself to test each one.

It was only a matter of time before she got muddy – not that it deterred her!

She got to sit in an ancient tree that looked like it had eyes. Despite perching above Daddy, she loved it and would have stayed for some time given half a chance.

PODcast IMG_2590After giving a tree a hug, POD adopted a large chair as her throne for a time where she issued orders and waved her arms around. Daddy played peekaboo with her from behind it.

She then occupied herself under a tree investigating the acorns, chestnut husks, leaves and sticks that lay beneath it.

When she stretched to remove a dead leaf from the branches you could really see how much she’s grown these past months. Hard to believe she was three on Christmas Day!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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  • Dean December 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Looks so much fun! I especially love the photo of her on a tree-trunk and it looks like the tree has eyes! Isn’t that amazing? Hope she had a lovely three-year-old’s birthday ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Charly Dove December 28, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      We had such a good time Dean! Those days are the best, the ones where the plan doesn’t work but it really doesn’t matter. POD had a wonderful Christmas Day birthday thank you – hope you enjoyed your day too x

  • brinabird and son December 28, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Oh I love all the puddle jumping, tree climbing, tree hugging fun!

    • Charly Dove December 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      Thank you – POD had such a good time exploring ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kriss MacDonald December 28, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Oh the tree with “eyes” makes it look magical. Love the throne chair for Pod too!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Kriss – it was a wonderful tree we came across. She was in it before we realised it had eyes!

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 28, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Love the picture of POD in the tree, and splashing in the puddles! Looks like a lovely walk, and POD certainly liked her throne ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 10:29 am

      It really was Sara – a record level of puddle splashing and getting mucky ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona December 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    I do hope POD had a fantastic birthday! The photos from your visit are lovely and POD looks like she had a fab time splashing in puddles, climbing trees and exploring. Thanks for linking up and sharing your christmas fun with Country Kids.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Fiona – POD had a wonderful birthday. She was shattered with it being on Christmas Day but had a great time. Thank you for hosting Christmas outdoor fun – we’d be lost without it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sarah December 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    gorgeous shots! she is such a cutie!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 10:30 am

      Thank you Sarah ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Notmyyearoff December 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Puddle jumping is always so much fun. Z now knows where the puddles are on our walks (even when dry). Lovely photos as always. Hope you have an amazing 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

      Good skills from Z on the puddle front – I”m sure POD does that too! Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dragonsfypoppy December 29, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Hugging trees is a wonderful thing to do, adults should do it more! What a great place, and great trees ๐Ÿ™‚ Beautiful pictures as usual lovely x

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      Thank you lovely – we had such a fun walk ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kizzy December 30, 2013 at 7:54 am

    You can have so much fun in a garden, mine love being outside!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      That’s very true Kizzy – we love being outside. Maybe not today with that pouring rain ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The Reading Residence December 30, 2013 at 8:21 am

    Looks like a fab day in the end anyway, despite it not quite going to plan. Lovely photos ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      It was a really good day Jocelyn, funny how that happens ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah MumofThree World December 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Such lovely photos as ever. You always seem to visit such beautiful places!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you Sarah, that’s a lovely thing to say. It is nice living so close to so many wonderful places ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen Bell December 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Looks like a lovely day. Love the photos, especially the tree hugging ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you Karen – was a little random the tree hugging but lovely all the same. We had a great walk ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mammasaurus December 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Love your little tree hugger! She’ll be shinning up trees on her own before you know it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      She’s a funny fish isn’t she! Amazing how comfortable she was up that tree ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erica Price December 30, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Lovely pictures. We’d love to go to Wisley, but never quite got round to it.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      You really should Erica. We got membership last year and we’re there a lot. It is only 10 minutes drive from our house though ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Globalmouse December 30, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    What gorgeous photographs. I love winter walks, especially where there some big trees to hug! It looks like a great place to visit.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Thank you very much. There’s nothing better than being outdoors – we love it. Tree hugging is pretty cool too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Foz December 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Beautiful photos and looks like a fun day out. Kids just love puddles don’t they?

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Thank you. They really do love puddles – POD got so muddy the other day and just carried on ๐Ÿ™‚

  • anna m December 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    hope she had a great birthday on xmas! love the tree climbing pics ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you Anna. POD had a lovely birthday, she was exhausted but it was fabulous ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aly December 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Oh I went to Wisley with m,y mum for my birthday at the end of July and I loved it! It’s one of those places you need visit regularly throughout the year.I’ll have to go back with with my kids one year.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      You must go back if you’re near Aly. We’re really close to it so we got membership and its paid for itself many times over. It’s been incredible seeing it through the seasons ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Fritha Strickland December 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    aww she looks like a real adventurer! love this! x

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you very much, she loves being the little adventurer ๐Ÿ™‚

  • suzanne3childrenandit December 30, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Aw a return to my favourite place – RHS Wisley! POD looks right at home there, love the pic of her hugging a tree ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      It’s just fabulous isn’t it Suzanne. Thankfully very near to home too! It was a great impromtu tree hug, so glad I had my camera in my hand ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aisha from expatlog December 30, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    This makes me want to go and hug a tree – right now. I hope she never loses that connection to Nature. All the best for the coming year.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I dare you – go on, go on! We’re in Surrey now so I hope she doesn’t lose it for a while at least. Best wishes to you too for the New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Afra Willmore December 30, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Lovely post. I took our crowd to Wisley once – we had a lovely day.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Thank you Afra. It’s near us so we go quite a lot – fabulous place ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mrs. Chasing the Donkey December 30, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    What a shame you had to ditch the line – queues suck! But the walk looked great, and I do love that photo of her hugging the tree, Just adorable!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      It’s such a shame we were really looking forward to it – toddler just wanted to escape it! We’re at Wisley a lot though so we hope to go another time. The tree hugging is great – pleased I was holding my camera ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mari December 30, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I love visiting country homes and discovering all they have to offer, this looks fabulous, throne chairs, trees with eyes and puddles too.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      We do too Mari although we tend to be outside rather than in! We hope to visit the actual homes in 2014 now she’s three ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pinkoddy December 30, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Don’t blame you for cutting your losses – looks much more fun outside. Hope Pod had a great birthday and Christmas.

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:18 pm

      It was one of those days where we just made the most of it. After being cooped up indoors there’s nothing better than getting outside for some fresh air. POD had a lovely birthday and Christmas thank you – hope you all had a wonderful time ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura @ Kneadwhine December 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    This looks like so much fun. Wisley isn’t too far from us and I know people who have been and recommend it – must make the trip at some point!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:47 pm

      You really must Laura – it changes with the seasons too so always different. They have lots of events on as well. We had a great time just ambling around being silly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Actually Mummy... December 30, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    It doesn’t feel like there has been much sunshine but you managed to find it – lovely bright photos!

    • Charly Dove December 30, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you – we sneaked out in-between those rain clouds! The day before and after were just miserable so we were lucky. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Happy New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tarana December 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Sometimes, a walk can be such an adventure. And trust children to make the most of everything! Lovely photos you caught there ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Charly Dove January 2, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      It really can Tarana – POD had the best time! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • thereandbackagain January 1, 2014 at 9:58 am

    She’s adorable! I absolutely love to see children outdoors at this time of year too, what an adventure!

    • Charly Dove January 2, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Thank you very much – was one of those days that could have been a disaster but was brilliant!

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