Last year, the boys had such a great time canoeing on Loch Awe that they decided it should henceforth be known as ‘Loch Awesome’. News that we were going canoeing there again was greeted with whoops of glee. It was a while since we’d been out in the canoes, so we decided to make things easy and put in by the railway bridge at the northern end of the loch near Kilchurn Castle just as we had on a previous trip.
Little Trekkers Ambassadors
We must have the best customers in the World. They have been telling us for years about all the great things they get out and do with their families and we thought it was about time the World knew about it. This is not a ‘Places to go with the kids’ resource in a traditional sense. There’s lots of good websites out there already that can tell you the opening times and entry costs into the many hundreds of attractions that there are across the country.
This is about real experiences, in real places, by real families who get out there in this magnificent country of ours and do stuff. Great stuff! Stuff that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Places that you may never have thought to go, things that you may never have thought to do. Told by those who have been there and done it, and want to pass it on to inspire other families to do the same. These are our Little Trekkers Ambassadors. They lead the way ….
Back in the summer – which now seems impossibly long ago – we were trying to get used to going out in two canoes. One particular day, we thought we would again trolley the canoes the mile to the creek on the Helford River, and explore downstream. We calculated that, although it would be a neap tide, we should still have enough water to launch as long as we didn’t faff too much.
Sometimes our Sundays become a game of passing child batons. I (try to) run and Tim cycles....but if we are organised enough we can combine our own hobbies with family time.
What can I say, our little trekker loves the swings and part of our daily routine is to walk to the park and let our little adrenaline junky get his fix. On this particular rainy Friday afternoon the heavens opened and although he had been cooped up all day I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to go out.
We’d been waiting for an opportunity to climb Ben A’an, a ‘small hill’ in the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine, but we were cursed with low cloud and damp, uninspiring weather. It takes weather that is unsafe – rather than merely unpleasant – to put me off climbing a hill, but it seems silly to make the children toil up a hill when there’s no prospect of a view from the top.
I don’t know about you, but it’s felt to me like this winter was never going to end! Bad weather, combined with flus and tummy bugs over Easter meant that last Monday evening, my cabin fever was at maximum.
All week we’d been hearing horror stories about the impending “Beast from the East” and on the Wednesday we finally awoke to snow. We were all a little bit disappointed to be honest. Whilst it was lovely to have some snow it wasn’t quite the amount we’d been expecting. Don’t get me wrong we were just being greedy, there was plenty for sledging but nothing befitting the red alert we had. Well we shouldn’t have worried the Beast from the East had more it store for us -much more!
This blog post is about six months overdue and I blame my phone for that! Do you sometimes take photos that disappear down a black hole, or end on a card somewhere, or are left behind in some digital storage?
Going out in our canoes is always fun, but a journey brings the bonus of a real sense of achievement. We had lots of great days on the Helford River last summer, but the one I most enjoyed was the descent of the tidal part of the river from Gweek to the sea.
Our kids have always been very reluctant to join clubs but when they do finally agree they discover that they really enjoy it. For many parents it’s the other way round of course where there seems to be a club on every night I have found that heavy persuasion techniques work, sometimes I just tell them they are going! As they are getting bigger they are more likely to say yes but they do carefully consider all the implications of doing a new thing.
I have noticed a recurring theme in my posts, that being the weather. It seems that this very British of obsessions has followed me into the Alps and I find it hard not to mention at least a passing comment on the days weather......it really does shape our outdoor world!
To be honest, getting the kids out for a dog walk can be brutally tough at times. We know that once they're out they have the best time, enjoying the freedom of the open countryside, the excitement of playing in the woods, and simply getting as muddy as possible. They, however, don't seem to remember that and can put up an almighty battle.