Lets go fly a kite

Occasionally something happens that seems timeless. Watching my Granddaughter flying a kite, gazing up in awe and concentrating as it looped and hovered happily in the air, was one such moment.

The design of the kite was simple, and hadn’t changed greatly since the time many decades ago I flew a kite with my Dad, on the same windy beach. My own children had carried on the tradition and now I was watching the first flight of my granddaughters kite.

Flying the kite was something that once shown how, she could do independently and safely and she loved it!

If you haven’t tried this with your little one, I strongly recommend that you do.

So inspired was she that when we arrived home, she immediately captured the day in paint. An amazingly detailed picture for a three year old, capturing the sea and sand, the family present and taking pride of place in the air … her kite.

flying a kite at the beachbeach kite flying drawing


For further days out and fun activities to keep you busy see our other outdoor posts

Why Can’t We Drill For Shells Grandma

Beach combing is always something I have loved.

Its really relaxing, walking along and focussing upon the sand. Letting your eyes select appropriate drift wood, pebbles or shells you selection and collection.

This weekend, I thought therefore that I was totally prepared and equipped when taking my grand daughter beach combing.

We had the obligatory bag to collect the shells in, Wellington boots, lots of layers, rain proof jackets and sunglasses – you never know when it might, rain, or the sun might shine!

As we got ready to leave, my three year old granddaughter surprised me. She had brought along her toy drill and announced quite seriously…

“Why can’t we drill for shells Grandma?”

I must admit I didn’t have an answer, other than good idea, lets give it a go.

So off we went and I soon, watching Mia comb the beach, realised what she was doing, she now due to regular attendance on the beach, considered the shells on the top, easy prey, and instead was drilling she announced for

“The ones I cant see”

I loved this idea!

Next time we visit the beach, we have decided to take a spade along. That way when Mia drills down (all of 2 inches) if she hits something like a shell or pebble hidden under the sand, we are going to dig down and discover what she has found!

What’s so special about being a Grandma?


So what is so special about being a Grandma? I suppose the simple answer to that one is ….my granddaughter

I have only the one granddaughter and as I am sure most grandmas are, I am convinced that she, at the age of three is a budding genius!

This weeks new skill for example is hopping. Not simply on one foot but both. The joy this gives! After weeks of trying to take off from the ground on just one foot. Determined concentration on her face, as she placed one slipper to rest on the other only to put it back down onto the floor at the moment of take off,  her hop turning into a jump. She has now mastered the art of hopping, so she hops everywhere.

Climbing – she could scale a mountain she thinks but for now the back of the sofa will do

Singing, she is just beginning to learn the word to songs when listening to music. When recently in the car, watching her sing along in her child seat in the back to “Soul Man” one of my Motown favourites, she beemed at the end and said “I like that snow man song” puzzled I thought about this for a moment, then realised she had replaced the word soul with snow and had been singing “I’m a snow man…”

Her art work here depicts a very flattering portrait of me. I don’t have to worry about looking too large as my body is missing completely – which suits me. Although hair on top of my head is missing, I have some amazing eyelashes, and it looks to me like she thinks I am good fun – that I have discovered is really important to me… we are best friends.


Grandmas portrait

We both enjoy most weekends together and get up to a very wide variety of things. We plan at the end of one weekend what we are going to try to squeeze into the next. Our efforts include baking, painting, walking, beach combing, gluing, visiting the coffee shop (myself for a coffee, her for a treat) and the latest favourite of cutting.

The joy of a granddaughter is that they know, even before trying out something new, that they can do it.

Confidence, enthusiasm and the joy of new discoveries. For example she is certain, absolutely certain, that I should take a rest and let her drive the car!

Beach combing is another favourite pass  time of ours. Endless hours, me walking, her running across the sands looking for magical shells, driftwood that may obviously have come from a pirate ship, glass that has rounded and been moulded into smooth pebbles that are safe to hold in tiny palms and store away as treasure.

“Grandmas and Grandpas are everything nice.
Like presents and candy and raspberry ice.And chocolate fudge sundaes, with cherries on top.
And popcorn and peanuts and grape soda pop.In winter or summer, in rain or in sun,
Grandmas and Grandpas are wonderful fun!!!”

-Unknown Author

My amazing granddaughter and I have many adventures and through this blog I am looking forward to sharing some of them with you.

Take a look at our great day at Windmill Farm talking to the animals and saving scrapbook photos or messy play preparations for Easter Crafts

Alternatively for a gentle retreat for mums or grandmas take a look t my Grandmas retreat – an interior mix of the vintage and modern.


International scrapbooking day today


Today it is international scrapbooking day which has brought back lots of lovely memories from my childhood!

I used to love filling A3 scrapbooks with coloured pages. My themes varies from Animals, Fashion to Greek Mythology. I filled them with cut outs, pictures I had drawn and information I found in magazines or copied from old books. I loved it and as there was no internet then, collecting these different snippets of information involved going to the library, getting magazines or comics and drawing from books.

It has inspired me to start a scrapbook with Mia. She loves animals so I think it will be an animal scrapbook. She likes cutting and sticking at the moment and ours will probably be  a paper book, but I did ponder about Pinterest.

We might do both as I do think Pinterest is like an online scrapbook and I love using it.

We will start a Pinterest board with these lovely images of our day out at a farm.

One lovely moment was when Mia began a conversation with a goat kid. She bend down hands on knees and said “Hello” – now Mia calls the other children of the same age at nursery “little kids”, so when we had explained this was a little kid she had looked rather dubious! Hello little kid”

The young animal had then made its way over towards her and she continued to ask how he was and was he having a nice day. To those who saw this the baby goat looked to all the world as if he was listening and thinking about what she was saying. Moving its head and looking intently towards her. It was a lovely moment and very sweet. If you would like to read more outdoor adventures take a look at why not build a snowcat


See other colder outdoor fun at Why not make a snowcat