Saturday, 27 April 2013

Learning to Fly a Kite on Kenley Common

This weekend myself and my Other Half took a 3 night trip away to the Cognac region in France for a good friend's wedding. We had an amazing time hanging out with friends, talking uninterrupted, eating, drinking and laughing ALL THE TIME. Here we are on the day of the wedding. 



It was wonderful but we did miss the kids a lot and so when we got back we were really grateful for the extra day we had booked off work so that we could spend the day with them. They had been well looked after by their Grandparents for the weekend but I know that they were so happy to see us. So happy in fact that Isla was awake at 5.30am the first morning back - I'm not going to deny that I did wish I was back in France getting a lie in at that time!



The weather must have known we had the day off as it decided to play ball and the temperatures hit around 20 degrees. It was blue skies all day long and I decided that we would check out some local woods that we have never visited even though they are on our doorstep. I got the heads up for the Visitwoods site when I was sent a Poppy Cat Mystery Trail Pack. Visitwoods is partnering with Poppy Cat this month to launch an outdoor campaign to get families out this Spring in the woods and connecting with nature. 



As a gift from France we bought the kids a kite. So we packed up some stuff and headed to Kenley Common. It was lovely. We had a steep climb up the steps to the common. First of all Isla did some bark rubbing, she really got into that. 


Then she was desperate to balance on some tree trunks that had recently been felled. 



We also saw a few gliders, some of which felt like they were swooping quite low. 



Then we got the kite out and this caused much excitement. Isla and Noah were running around like mad things. Mainly trying to get the OH to hand over the controls - he was determined to keep it up in the air and didn't want to hand them over that easily! It was great fun and I'm ashamed to say the first time I have ever properly tried flying a kite.



Next we headed off into the woods and played hide and seek - a game that Isla and Noah both love. We also spotted the tracks of horses - big horseshoe prints in the ground, and the tell tale signs of horse manure...The woods were lovely, loads of yellow butterflies flitting about. Some really great hiding places with logs covered in moss - as thick as a carpet. 







We came across another grassy field where there were some more felled trees, we picked the leaves off them and used them to practise counting. Isla said she wanted to make a skirt like Tinkerbell's with them. We spotted a tractor and a big truck carrying more logs, but Noah didn't like those, because he said they were too noisy! So once we'd had a snack and drink it was time to go home and have some fun in the garden. We'll definitely be back to explore Kenley Common again as there is still so much more to check out, with grazing cattle and the aerodrome close by too.



All in all we had such a good day and I'm really enjoying the age that my two are now. They are starting to have lots of fun together (arguments too) especially more so when we're out of the house.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


16 comments:

  1. It looks like there is quite a lot to do at Kenley Common, the pictures are lovely and it's nice to see that now Spring is here we can all enjoy more family days outdoors. Thanks for linking up to Country Kids!

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  2. Fab pictures, we love kite flying

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  3. We are yet to try kite flying! Sounds like you had a great day out. I love the idea of using the leaves to count

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  4. Looks like a beautiful day for kite flying!

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  5. What a great post, I love the photos to illustrate the story... Made me want to read on and on. Funny my Noah and Isla are big Tink fans and I'm sure we'll be making her dress out of the leaves before too long. Xx

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  6. you look lovely in the first photo - what a wonderful short break away.
    i have bought some kites but we haven't used them yet - this post has reminded me to get them out!!leaf counting is a great idea too and i like the photo of your daughter with her bare feet out x

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  7. These are lovely photos. Watch out kite runners. Good Luck.

    I swam 10k for the Swimathon this weekend. I am just eating a well deserved curry that I bought online (www.justeat,co.uk). The driver drove 28 miles (14 here, 14 back) to deliver my food parcel. Thanks India Gate. The curry is absolutely beautiful. I put some in the freezer.

    One day, you want to take Noah and Isla to the Birdman Competition in Worthing. It's great fun watching engineers flying their magnificent flying machines.

    Saving up for an electric bike.

    God be with you. Spiritual humanly kite flying. Blessed are those green fields.

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  8. What lovely pictures. We haven't tried kite flying yet, so there's one for my future outdoor fun - thank you. I'm also very jealous that you were in Cognac, I so love France :)

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  9. Thank you so much for the lovely comment on my blog. Yeah for kites! I must get my boys out flying one, and great sunday activity!

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  10. Looks like you all had a wonderful day! Lovely photos! x

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  11. What fabulous photographs, looks like so much fun. My mum bought the kids some kites last year, and this has reminded me to dig them out and getting them flying - thank you xx

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  12. such lovely photos looks like lots of outdoors fun. I do love kite flying.

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  13. We love kite flying too! Lovely photos, looks like a fantastic day out. #CountryKids

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  14. That looks like great fun! I think kites are very underrated, they are the one thing that my eldest is always desperate to make and to play with, but always on a still day! The photo of the two of you is beautiful, by the way
    xxxx

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  15. Hi - we found a link to your blog post on Twitter and loved your ideas for things to do in the outdoors with the kids. We've linked to your blog from both our Facebook page (City Commons City of London) and Twitter account @citycommons

    Thanks!

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  16. Looks like gorgeous weather to fly a kite. We recently met Poppy Cat - what a great incentive.

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