Magic Moments // A Winter Walk

Magic Moments // A Winter Walk

Last weekend we went for a walk with Taid Bobby to a nature trail not far from where we live.  The rain had stopped, the sun had come out, but the wind was still a little on the sharp side so we made sure we were all dressed up nice and warm.  With the amount of rain we have had it was also essential to don the wellies.

Harry loves being out and about in the fresh air.  He likes running around (which inevitably means roaring at the top of his voice) and where there is mud you usually find him in the midst of it.


I had warned Taid that his idea of a walk, and Harry’s idea of a walk, probably did not match up, however even I was surprised at how little progress we made.  We hadn’t gone far when he found his first muddy puddle.  Cue lots of jumping, splashing and stomping.


After boring himself with that puddle we moved on in search of the next one.  One with far greater dirt potential.  The weather had been so bad that it didn’t take us long to find it.  On the puddle scale of dirtiness this one was probably rated as a five.

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By this point the back of his jeans were soaked and his coat was covered in mud splashes.  I was thankful for the spare pair of jeans that I had packed in to his dinosaur rucksack and praying that the bag was watertight.


I honestly think that Harry should road test wellies for manufacturers.  I could devise a scoring system based on how easy they are to get on and off, how far they come up the legs (got to be low enough to be able to bend your knees for walking yet high enough to provide maximum clothes coverage), durability, and thickness of tread (to prevent slipping over).  Thankfully his George Pig ones pass the test with flying colours.

Muddy Puddles

We didn’t meet many other children, but of the ones we did pass mine was by far the dirtiest. In fact, even compared to the dogs we came across Harry was by far the dirtiest.  I received lots of passing comments from the adults laughing at how much fun he was having, and remarking on how much cleaning up I would have to do later.


But I don’t mind about things like that.  Dirt is part and parcel of being a little boy – well it is for this little boy.  And that is what childhood is all about isn’t it?  Enjoying the simple things like jumping in muddy puddles and getting filthy.  Judging by the look on his face I would say that he agrees with me.  And the best bit about going for a walk in the cold?  The nice big mug of frothy hot chocolate waiting for you at the end of it – even better when someone else is paying.  Thanks Taid Bobby.


Harry’s Honest Mummy x

My Random Musings


  1. February 27, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I love your attitude to the muddy clothes, well done on taking spare jeans in the back pack it sounds like they were needed. Kids and mud go together and I think country walks like this are made fun for children by having the restrictions of everyday life removed, after all there is no harm in a little mud and plenty of fun to be had. Looks like a beautiful place and lovely to take advantage of a break in the rain. Love the welly testing idea, I’d add how they respond to a dunk in the river to my kids wellies rating. Thank you for joining me for #CountryKids

  2. February 27, 2016 / 11:12 am

    I just love how they don’t give a crap about wet feet?! I’d be moaning away. Bless him. He looks happy and muddy and that’s just the best! xx #happydays

  3. February 27, 2016 / 11:45 am

    I love that you have a puddle dirt rating! Walking with little ones is definitely not a speedy affair when there are puddles involved but it looks like a lot of fun was had by all. Got to love a good winter wander. #countrykids

    • March 3, 2016 / 7:53 pm

      Also got to love my Dad putting his hand in his pocket for the drinks at the end 🙂 thanks for popping over.

  4. February 27, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    always so great to be able to get outside for a while. Looks like a great day

  5. February 28, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Aww how lovely!It’s nice to get them out isn’t it especially after all the horrible weather.Looks like he had loads of fun!My daughter lives in her wellies she’s terrible for jumping in puddles x #kcacols

  6. February 28, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I think that it’s great that Harry enjoyed jumping in puddles with his wellies. If you can’t do that as a kid then when can you 🙂 #sundaystars

  7. February 28, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    I always think a muddy child is a happy child (same with dogs actually). He looks like the thoroughly enjoyed his muddy walk!

  8. February 28, 2016 / 7:25 pm

    I always love how much enjoyment kids get from a muddy puddle!

  9. February 28, 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Awww looks like fun! My son also loves a muddy puddle! Peppa has a lot of answer for! #KCACOLS

  10. February 29, 2016 / 11:07 am

    That sounds like the perfect day out. Couldn’t agree more about the hot chocolate. Looking forward to the time when BattleKid is able for walks like that to get muddy with him!

  11. February 29, 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Haha, Harry sounds just like me little boy, always on the look out for the puddles – the bigger and dirtier the better! Lovely photos, Harry looks like he had a great time. You are so right, childhood is all about getting out and enjoying the little things like puddles and walking. My little boy would be very jealous of Harrys George Pig wellies!!

    Thank you so much for linking this up to #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next Sunday x

  12. March 1, 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Wow that looks like so much fun! We love a muddy walk and definitely the best childhood memories are from times spent outside getting grubby #happydayslinky

  13. March 3, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    We used to go there ALL the time 🙂 Ahhhh I miss it. Fab photos and what a lovely post xx Thanks for linking up – Jess x


    • March 3, 2016 / 8:03 pm

      Small world. Can’t believe you guessed the location from those photos. You will know then just how little progress we made on that walk then haha Spent most of it outside the café watching him run around the tables on the grass 🙂

  14. March 3, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    Sounds a fun day! Part and parcel of being a girl for mine too – also always covered in mud & jumping in puddles. I hate mud! 😀 #KCACOLS

  15. March 4, 2016 / 3:04 am

    Oh yes! His face says it all! Pure Joy! I too enjoy jumping into puddles with my little ones. There is so much fun to be had in dirt and mud. #CountryKids

  16. March 4, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    Oh my these are the cutest photos ever! Love his little bobble hat. I don’t mind the kids getting muddy, it’s good fun for them eh! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  17. March 19, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Those are the cutest photos. I always love our walks when Little Miss H just goes mad and runs and splashes in the mud. She has a brilliant time. It looks like Harry had a wonderful time. And I agree too, returning home to a hot chocolate is definitely the best was to warm up. Thanks so much for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  18. May 2, 2016 / 7:41 am

    always be prepared ey – with the spare clothes! we love walks out and about and b loves muddy puddles too 🙂 #anythinggoes

  19. randommusings29
    May 7, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Sounds like a fun day 🙂 Puddle jumping is the best, especially when it’s muddy. Your attitude to dirty clothes reminds me of my mum when I was a kid – she used to say as long as she knew I went out clean, she didn’t care how dirty I got as long as we had fun. Her favourite saying was “It’ll wash!”.
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    • May 9, 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Love your Mum’s approach and that saying. I am sure I will use that one myself now as it is very true. Thanks for popping over.

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