Snow trip to Austria – March 2020

We have made it to the Newcastle ferry via picking up some fish and chips locally, which we sat and enjoyed on the sunny decks of the ferry.

We set sail and wave goodbye to the port as the sun dips in the sky. Evie enjoys a good run around the open decks with lots of benches to jump off.

Inside there is a pirates soft play to enjoy, with balloons and drawings and even someone to paint faces.

The next morning we are off the ferry and in the car, with plenty of time for Evie to practice wearing her glasses! She does enjoy sporting them this way up.

We arrive late but the next day there is plenty of energy for running in the fields near the house whilst mummy and daddy go up the mountain.

Evie is well prepared for her walk into Alpbach town!

Where she can enjoy a drink!

Evie spots a neighbours house decoration – it takes her a little while to realise that this thin deer is not suitable for riding, despite being the perfect height!

Evie and Omi make a trip up the mountain to visit mummy and daddy.

We enjoy a hot chocolate and Gluwein in the mountain cafe.

Evie wonders at daddy….. what on earth are you doing daddy??

Taking in the beautiful views as well as wondering at all these people dashing everywhere.

She gets back in the lift and mummy races them to the lifts middle station – making it just in time to jump in and travel down in the lift together.

Down at the bottom Evie has a little go on her own mini skis. Enjoyable for a short period!

Not as enjoyable as eating pizza for lunch though – daddy I am not sharing this – it’s mine!

Another day and back enjoying the snowy park!

Looking at the choo choo, where the friendly driver gave me a chocolate. Later in the week Evie gets to ride on it.

However the shop is really quite a highlight – with perfect Evie size trolleys….

Or cars to drive around the supermarket!

Celebrating the day with a big prost.Another afternoon, with a little go on the skis again before instead trying sledging.

Bum boards a ready, whizzing down with daddy.

All good fun but never as fun as a slide….

Or a run….

Or a picnic on the balcony with baby!

Visiting the ducks

And of course getting to grips with her glasses!!

What a busy week it has been, not to mention the trips to the Pirates ship at the local Wörgl Wasserweld water park. More than a swimming pool – an aquatic world of adventure and relaxation for all that visit.

Time to wave goodbye to the beautiful mountains – it’s been a lovely holiday and thank you to Omi for looking after me and allowing mummy and daddy to go and enjoy the snowy mountains.

Bella’s 2nd birthday party

It’s time to PARTY!! And we were the first to arrive (makes a change!), so Evie gets Bellas full attention as they play with the balloons.

A head full of static – how fun! Bean suits a Mohawk to should she ever want one!

A big silk parachute comes out for songs and games.

What – did someone mention ice-cream time?? Let’s go!

Out into the indoor playground, a great place for adventure when it’s wet outside.

You can do the ladder but this one is still a little beyond you!

The favourite side – a fast one to!

Another group photo following a fun party.

Happy birthday Bella.

Evie’s first real snow time – Feb 2020

We wake up to snow!! And I bought a sledge. I’m more excited than anyone as I bundle us all into our warm kit over our pyjamas.

Evie’s first time on a sledge (she refuses gloves). Not sure at first but then she loves is and soon it’s more more and wheeeeee. So that’s good news!Us as daddy pulls us up the road!

It’s melting fast but Evie tries to drive her car in the snow!!

They next day we manage a very short ride on a snowy Askham Fell. It was too cold to go far but we enjoyed our fresh air and then went to Omis to warm up!

Another morning – this time too snowy to drive to work first thing, so we bundle up warm again and get the sledge our again

Evie in her new hat and with her new walking poles, trudging in the snow in her PJs before its even light!

Time to go in for porridge and warm up!

Aura – Kendal

The ultimate soft play – fun for all and a great way to spend a morning with the minis and mums.

Evie and Bella climb the roller ramp – quite a feat for a mini!

Evie’s favourite – a swing

Claire and Paula chill in the mammoth hammocks

The quiet fish room, beds, hammocks, fluffy things and fish projected onto the walls – very relaxing .

Time for food, turns out they were all hungry!

Evie pushes Oliver on the indoor zip wire.

Into the enormous ball pit, big enough to fit a few adults and kids into.

I’d like to say relaxing…. but actually it was the sleeping bunnies song (in a relaxation room!)

A group photo – almost impossible but definitely asking too much to get everyone looking and saying CHEESE!

Great times all – we will definitely be back.

More bikes and parks – skills forever changing

A stunning sunrise to start a beautiful day

We meet up with Omi for a ride around Askham Fell. Lots of bumpies, mud and puddles for Evie to get excited about cycling through.

A fun shadow pic of the three of us!

Evie decides that it should be a duathlon, so we did some running around in the bomb holes, before we cycled them.

Windswept but happy we wave bye bye to Omi and head to Keswick for toddler swim.

After swimming we have mainly failed biking on the balance bikes, but Evie and Sam have fun anyway.

More important to them is the park, where they master the rope club to get up to the middle slide…. …..which nowadays is far more exciting than the small slide!

And then the round and round and up and down see saw is successfully completed independently.

These kids are rocking it !

Ferry and walk roundtrip – Glenridding to Howtown – 02/02/20

Yet another wet day, we decide to head out but stay low. And for something a bit different we jump on the Ullswater steamer.

Evie gets an ice-cream treat to go with our hot drinks on this cold wet day!

Plenty of ferry to be explored at we steam down the lake. We even get to change boats at Aira Force, so double the exploring to be had!

Flying her flag in the wind with a good lake view.

Once off the ferry it’s time to start walking. Evie wants to walk to but we manage to persuade her that a carry is good for a little while.

One we get up above Sandwick Evie is determined that it is very much time for her to walk!

So this is her section of the Ullswater way, maybe not all today for her!

Time for a nana. Need to get the energy levels back up again!

Evie walks the shore line as I swim widths of the bay in the short spell of dry that we get. Then it is time to pack up and keep going.

Evie determined for more walking – especially in the streams and rivers. Tim speeds ahead to get the car so that we can get home before its dark!

A wet but fun day out!

Elterwater- a very wet one – 31/01/20

Arranging a meet up with my friends Hazel and Beth, with a balance bike to keep Evie amused, we set off on a flat river path walk along Great Langdale Beck from Elterwater to Skelwith Bridge.

Evie is desperate to walk the walk – not this time little Bean. The river is rampaging on just the other side.

Our plans are thwarted – the path and the river have become one. Evie thought it looked exciting to bike into but was soon stopped. so turnaround we must.

Back into the car and all wet we head to Grasmere for some food instead. What a washout!

Lowther biking shotgun and the Cliburn woods balance bike expedition!

25/01/20

Meeting up with Omi, we give the shotgun biking another go around the grounds of Lowther park, Whale and Askham. Some hills, some puddles, some bumpies, some quiet roads, makes for a good second introduction.

After a good hours ride Evie warms up with a very special babychino and a sausage in the cafe. Powered up she is ready for a good run around!

Practicing her jumping, and a good place to play peekaboo, it is hard to get her to say bye bye to Omi, but we have other friends to go and meet this afternoon.

Back in the car and on to the woods at Cliburn, which is great for some flat balance biking .

We meet up with Jess and Osh, as well as Liz with the twinnies and Charlie. Charlie speeds off on his bike, but he does have pedals to turn, whilst Evie tries to keep up with Osh and Jacob and Isaac chill out.

Deep in conversation comparing bikes and discussing skill techniques!

Nothing more exciting (and slowing) than an offshoot path!

Snack time in a woodland den. A good base to explore from on foot to.

Back on the bikes, although they are now all starting to need some coercing. Evie and Osh enjoy playing catch and crash for a while…..

… and then they give up – enough biking for one day! But a rather sweet walk back to the car.

What a lovely day all round.

The Shotgun Saddles first trip out

Having waited patiently for our replacement and then for the weather to improve, Evie and me finally got to try out our Christmas present, the Shotgun Saddle and mini-bars so we can do more exciting cycling together.

We headed out with Claire and Oliver, who have the same set-up and were slightly more practiced. Setting off from Keswick up the Latrigg-Underskiddaw path, it was a steep climb / push up. We then came across some very muddy patches and Evie and Oliver went for a run down the path as we pushed our way through.

Overall a successful first ride out, especially as it was far more bumpy and muddy than anticipated.

After all that excitement and a swim as well it was definitely time for an ice cream!

Followed by more biking and a trip to the park.

Good fun day!!

New Year’s Day 2020 – Ullswater

A different day to yesterday with regards the weather, colder and damper. We set off for a stroll and a bike from Glencoyne on Ullswater , as it is a nice undulating little org.

Daddy and Evie have good chats as she bikes along, with the odd carry.

Then onto the beach to watch…

Her crazy mummy meet her crazy friends for a crazy New Years swim!

Happy 2020