Hallin Fell – 25th October 2020

A wet and windy October day but needing some air without anything too epic, Hallin Fell ticks the boxes.

A steep little Fell, your little legs at just over 2&1/2 years old do so well to get up to these cairns with great views.

One of your best phrases …. ‘What a view’!!

Walla Crag – 17 Oct 2020

It was fancy dress walking up Walla Crag with buddy Oliver today. Very sweet as they set off with their bags and poles.

You keep the poles a surprisingly long time but then realise that it is easier to run free so they get dropped and mummy has to go back and find them…

Multiple games of hide and seek, dragon chasing, tigers in the woods, we made it to the top for a picnic. Not that Evie and Oliver ever really sit down!

Oliver gets down on one knee….. a bit young yet, but they do like a kissing gate!

Acorns, scrambles and bridges. Finally back at the car, a full but lovely day put up Walla and it’s amazing view.

Evie’s lockdown 2020

Where to start? We had just returned home from our holiday to Austria, had one week of normality and then on 16th March 2020 the UK went into lockdown due to COVID-19. We were about to be in each other’s company full time for the next few months and discover a new kind of work – how to amuse a young child day in day out from home without friends.

Biking close to home Being allowed an hour of exercise a day, we did a decent bike ride most days. We had got Evie a new bike seat – a Shotgun- so that she could sit upfront. Although she did keep falling to sleep so quite often for the longer rides we still used the back seat.

Painting faces Early on in lockdown I bought some craft items – sensing that we may be needing them. I think the face paints were the most used to begin with as Evie really liked to be a ‘tiger’. She likes baby to be a tiger to!!

Camping in the garden Having just bought a new tent we decided to put it up. Mainly for something else to play with in the garden, ‘sleeping’, having tea parties, but also to have some nighttime adventures sleeping in the garden. It sometimes felt like being at a festival the next morning!!

Learning to ride the balance bike Early on in lockdown we spent a lot of time on the ‘bumpy track’ where Evie got the hang of lifting her feet up and learning to do big ‘weeeeeee’s’. It was a great time to learn, when no-one was driving their cars, especially the time when she continued out of the bumpy track and straight down the middle of the road!! As we were allowed to start visiting places in the car Evie’s bike rides got more adventurous…. and so they continue.

Local walks like everyone, there were lots of local walks to be had near where we live, with daffodils to smell, rocks to climb on a puddles to jump in. The walks got a lot more exciting and pretty once we could drive or cycle to nearby places. We especially enjoyed the forests of wild garlic and bluebells and seeing the lake again so that Evie could throw stones in.

Building dens The den building spaces at home are not brilliant- but it didn’t stop Evie enjoying those that she did build with her daddy!

Doing art We spent quite a bit of time painting various things to make cards to send to people that we couldn’t see. Although the projects often started and finished well, there was often a painted Evie as a consequence as well! Thankfully only once a painted house to! Evie remains very proud of her rainbow!

Evie’s 2nd birthday Fitting with the general theme of 2020, Evie had her birthday just with us and her party was via zoom. Thankfully at age two, I don’t think she really got it and therefore nothing was missed by her. It was lovely how much her little friends made an effort – even though today of all days Evie refuses to get her face painted!

Easter Although just the three of us we tried to make Easter special. We had had a delivery of eggs from Evie’s Omi with foresight and stuck to my family tradition of painting our boiled eggs at breakfast. After breakfast we set out on an Easter egg hunt that I and a friend had set up earlier in the morning, which Evie and Oliver could then both do separately – good job we had good clues!!

VE Day Maybe not as spectacular as some places, but the villages nearby were definitely worth a bike around to see the efforts that had been made for VE Day. I don’t think many will have surpassed the collection that one of the gentleman had collected throughout the years and was kindly displaying for everyone’s interest, including a babies gas suit amongst many other items.

Digging, wheelbarrows and doing the back garden. Make way for Beans Lodge! We knew that Evie would love her own little playhouse and she had this as a present, but that meant turning the back garden from a winter quagmire into a useable space. Thankfully the local timber yard and suppliers of gravel stayed open through lockdown, so we got some supplies and got digging, wheelbarrowing, sawing, banging and finally painting! Evie got a house and a fence made from pallets, daddy made a golf tee out of pallets and mummy made a table and benches from pallets. Although it took many weeks to complete, it has been well worth the effort.

Helping mummy to cook Evie has her own special knife and is always keen to help with cooking and baking. Learning her vegetables as she chops and especially enjoying putting sprinkles on cakes (that she can then eat immediately)!

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!