Apart from the Olympics, Queen’s Jubilee and so on, 2012 will certainly be remembered for one other thing. Rain. The rain seems to be quite a big feature to the start of 2013 too! A friend said to me recently “the trouble with Cornwall, is that apart from The Eden Project, there’s nothing to do when it’s raining!” Hmmm, well I beg to differ, I thought… Some of my favourite things to do involve Cornwall and rain! Most of these can be translated to wherever you are, so with half term and the likelihood of rain coming up, I thought I’d share:
1. WALKS – Why do people think because it’s raining you can’t go for a walk? It’s great! Jackets, wellies, gloves, hats on? Just get out there in that rain for a long, wet, blustery walk! Can’t beat that! Even if it’s a quick one and you come back soaked, you’ll feel all the better for it – just make sure you take some bribes to keep the kids motivated!
2. TOBOGANNING/ROLLING - A recent favourite of Sam’s has been sand dune tobogganing. We didn’t have any snow, but we have sand dunes and toboggans! Great fun, though you do get sand everywhere! I used to LOVE rolling down hills too and getting really dizzy, all you need’s a steep slope – yes they’ll get wet and messy, but they’ll have a great time and it’ll wear them out! A hot bath afterwards will soon warm them up again.
3. COLLECTING - Last weekend Sam decided he wanted to start collecting cowrie shells, so we wrapped up and spent nearly 2 hours searching for the elusive little shells. We got 12! Just 12, in 2 hours. So this collection could while away many a holiday!
4. ROCK POOLING – Kids love rock pooling & it’s amazing how long they’ll be occupied, but it could just be going out in the garden/woods searching for insects under stones! Same kind of fun. See how many crabs/centipedes they find.
5. DOWN THE WOODS – If you’ve got a wood near you, then get down there! When it’s raining, at least you’ll have a bit of shelter. Sam & his mates love going down to the woods near us, especially in the rain, the muddier the better! There’s usually quite a lot of washing to do afterwards, but they’ve had a great time building camps.
6. SURFING – Well body boarding! OK I admit, in February this is an extreme one and if you’re not near the sea, you local pool is not quite the same, but if you’re up for it you’ll feel really refreshed, and it can be chucking it down and it won’t make the slightest difference. Especially if you do what we call “trolley-dash-surfing” i.e. wetsuits on at home in the warm, drive to the beach, jump out of the car and into the surf (once you’re numb it’s fine!), then straight back in the car & into a hot shower as soon as you’re home! (Who am I trying to kid – I would NEVER do this in February!!)
I think we just need to get over then rain and make the most of it!