Country Kids: making an escape

Making an Escape

Okay, I have to be honest. I am sick to death of the snow. Sunday into Monday saw yet another snow storm, bringing another foot of the stuff. By Tuesday (snow day number six…) we were all climbing the walls.

Grumpy doesn’t even come close.

We had to get out of the house!

So, bundled up in our snow gear, off we set. There is a cafĂ© a few minutes walk from our house, on a normal day anyway; this expedition was going to take a little longer…

The trek begins

After sliding down the drive, the 5yo strode off along the first, reasonably clear, section of pavement.

Striding ahead 1

Striding ahead 2

The wee girl wasn’t far behind.

Determined girl

I wish I could show you some of the rather more, let’s just say interesting, sections of pavement; but it’s not possible to carry a toddler up and over a snow bank and take photos! Thankfully, her big brother was on hand to catch her on the other side, and he stuck close to her for the whole walk.

Big brother

At last, we reached our destination, and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast of scrambled eggs, huge buttermilk pancakes, muffins and orange juice. And, a large cup of tea for mummy.


I have to say at this point that I don’t take all three of them out to restaurants on my own. Individually, yes. All three, no… But, they were fantastic. They behaved so well, we all had a wonderful breakfast and it was a joy to share this treat with them.

Suitably fortified and all feeling much less grumpy, it was time to navigate the journey home!

The return

It had been a tough walk. Though not very far, the snow made it hard work and we were all flagging by the time we neared home. The wee girl stopped for several rests…

Having a rest

And made many a snow owl (yup, owl… I did try to tell her they were generally known as angels, but she was quite sure they were owls).

Snow angels 1

Snow angels 2

I often say in my Country Kids posts that getting outside, even just for half an hour, makes all the difference to our days. It could not be more true on this occasion. Cabin fever had set in, hugely, and we were all snappy and irritable. This walk (trek!) was great fun, not a cross word was spoken. There were lots of laughs. When we got home the 8yo told me how pleased he was to have got outside for a bit, and how much happier he felt.

And, even better, the mood stayed with us for the rest of the day. We did crafts, we made snow ice-cream, we watched movies. That hour of fresh air restored us.

I’m linking up with the wonderful Country Kids at Coombe Mill, as always. Click on the badge to see what everyone else has been up to and be inspired to get outside!

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32 thoughts on “Country Kids: making an escape”

  1. Just as we were saying on twitter! It is amazing how an hour outside can set the tone for the whole day, I need to read posts like this whenever I’m tempted not to bother. I hope for your sake the snow begins to melt soon, although I do still think you could have shared a little! Breakfast out is a huge treat in our house too and always worth a good trek. thank you for joining me for Country Kids.

  2. That is a huge amount of snow. So glad you managed to escape and get outside for a bit and enjoyed your trip to the cafe – being cooped up indoors must be very frustrating. I love the wee girl’s snow owls :-)

    1. It does get a little frustrating, especially as we are so used to getting outside as much as possible. It was great to get out :)

    1. Just a little, but I try to see it from the kids perspective as much as possible. Although, they are pretty fed up of the days stuck inside!

  3. Now that’s a proper amount of snow! You guys did well getting out in that, though I know I’d be spurred on by the thought of a breakfast like that! So pleased you had a nice time there and I love the shots of wee girl and her snow owls :-) xx

  4. I can see why you’re getting fed up now! Still amazed at how life still goes on with all that snow with clear roads and businesses open. I recall taking my charge out in his buggy to Wellesley town only to find we were stuck as although roads and pavements were cleared they didn’t leave gaps for crossing the roads!!?! Great photos – I wonder if you’ll miss it when it’s gone?! ;)

    1. Ah yes, the doubling back to the last driveway so that you can get across the road. Fun and games :) Drove me nuts our first winter, but I just expect it now! I think it’s going to be some time before I can miss it…!

  5. You must be so desperate for spring! I read yesterday that some schools in America were cancelling holidays because children had had so many snow days off. Hope the thaw sets in soon. #countrykids

    1. Yes, there are lots of discussions about the last day of school at the moment :) Looks like we’ll just be going a bit later in June than normal, our town allows for five snow days, so one extra so far isn’t too bad!

  6. Must be horrendous with no lull in sight. I went spare having a week stuck at home, and our snow a couple of years ago wasn’t anywhere near as bac as you’ve had.

    Glad it was a successful trip out. There’s a lot to be said for getting outdoors, as you say.

  7. I can only stay inside the house for so long. I need to see the sun and feel the wind in my skin. I am so glad you made an effort to go out cuz its looks like everyone enjoyed it. #countrykids

  8. Sara I can’t believe how long you have had snow for, it is hardly surprising you are fed up. I love the snow angel photo’s they are fab. I hope you start to get a thaw soon, bring on summer xx

  9. Wow! You guys have go sooooo much snow! I know we bemoan the fact that we have so little snow but I’m not sure I’d want so much either! I love the photos of you guys trekking in the snow – it really does look like you’re on some sort of Antarctic expedition! Glad you managed to get out and clear your heads.
    Lovely photos
    #CountryKids xx

  10. Wow, now that is a lot of snow! What wonderful shots of your children. I love the one of your son looking after his sister – so precious. My daughter and I love our little adventure walks, when we just pop out to see what we can find. Can’t wait for Spring in the UK. Good luck in the snow and hope it starts to clear up soon. Katie @minisANDMORE

  11. I know that cabin fever feeling. Some days you just have to get outside and its normally really worth all the effort. I still can not believe how much snow you have, it would prove difficult in getting out with 3 children.

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