The sun is shining and the sea is blue. Ok so it is March but we are used to this in Wales so off we trek down to Porthcawl for a walk along the prom, chips for lunch and Maelon's first experience of building sandcastles (essential purchase of a blue castle bucket and spade - £2.50, even out of season).
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 ….
It's always the right time of year for a bbq on the beach. Willow and her friend Luka met after school at Swanwick Shore, at the top of the Hamble river.
The summer holiday has been full of exciting adventures: climbing to lighthouses, visiting seal colonies on the New Zealand coast, biking trips and picnics in fields of spiders but today in the tent, everyone woke with a sense of anticipation. We organised breakfast, packed a picnic lunch and we were off. Wow! I wish it really was that quick! Mathilda, the intrepid adventurer at 3 years old on foot and Isabel, 18 months high on Daddy's shoulders with the best view.
We are the Willospeed Sleddog Racing Team. We have 14 Sleddogs, 9 Siberian Huskies, 3 Scandinavian Hounds, a German Short-haired Pointer and a Smooth Collie. We travel all over the country with our dogs and our 18 month old son Rohn.
A trip to the island is always cause for great excitement. Know why? Because you get there by boat, that’s why. ‘Wan’ go on boatch!!’ was pretty much the soundtrack Manny provided for the trip. Faith was far more dignified and snored gently for much of the three hour drive from Glasgow.
We had decided to go down to the lake with some friends, and being the Lake District it had decided to rain, but all the kids were still up for it. We took our fishing rods as they wanted to go and catch some fish and off we went. The best thing about living here out of season is even though you don’t get the weather it is always so quiet everywhere, we were the only people down there.
Team Thompson are incredibly lucky to live only a few streets away from our local beach. As a result, whatever the weather, the kids are keen to head there as many times a week as possible. In one direction lies the Yacht Club (we saw a small Regatta on Sunday afternoon) and in the other, a coastal path leading to Ballymacormick Point (a National Trust Wildlife Reserve).
For my youngest daughter's first birthday we went with a group of friends to an Agrotourism centre close to Lango Ranco in Southern Chile. We stayed in cabañas and, once the children were kitted out in their outdoor gear,they enjoyed the various activities that an agrotourism centre has to offer, namely, feeding the animals, collecting eggs, stomping around in the mud and riding on horses.
What a week of weather it’s been up here folks. Last weekend the wee man was full of the cold so we stuck close to home, cosy in front of the fire while the snow came down, and down ... it didn’t hang around long but we managed to do a quick snowman and plenty of snow angels! Felt kind of sorry for Ali who was out on the river in a blizzard, but that’s the price you pay for having a fun job!
“Mummy,” said James, “I’ve been good today so please can we go to Thorp Perrow?” James is always thrilled by a trip to Thorp Perrow Arboretum. He was especially delighted today, because the stream (where he likes to play pooh-sticks) was flowing properly again, and because we were given some bread by the nice lady in the tearoom so that we could feed the ducks.
This may look like a girly pink dolly pushchair but...it is in fact an all terrain, 4 wheel drive vehicle with unstoppable traction and versatility.
We have regular adventures with all our friends at different times during the year where we do a range of things from walking, camping, canoeing etc. One of our weekends this year in January involved us visiting a Youth Hostel in Derbyshire where all the children enjoyed a Sunday morning climb on Stanage Edge.