What We Do


Welcome to the June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared their stories and tips for playing outside with kids. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.


With a baby just eight months old who has never seen a summer, and living in the United Kingdom where summer tends to only last a few days each year, ‘outdoor fun’ is often very limited for those who don’t like being cold and or wet.

This is something Martin, my husband, and I really struggle with as we both grew up in South Africa where life included hikes, camping, beaches and other outdoor pursuits nine months of the year. Leaving the house when the weather is by our definition miserable is a constant act of will.

That all said though, we feel that we’ve done pretty well. At eight months, Ameli, our little girl, has seen and done much more than many of her peers. Here’s a brief overview of some of our spring season:

We do things...Hand painting on ceramics, Enthralled by a light show, Playing with outdoor toys, Swimming, Cleaning the House, On the Lego Train, Riding a Carousel, A playdate with Henry

We go places...In Norway with aunty Deshaine, the London Eye, On the train to Birmingham, At the Science Museum, Dressing up at the library, High Tea at the Cafe in the Crypt, Kew Gardens

We got to the park...Swinging in Wandsworth, Climbing frame in Myats Field Park, Setting sail in Ruskin Park, Playing with a windmill on the grass, On a camel in Legoland, Sliding in Norway, Swingchair

Discovering daisies in Kew Gardens, An early morning walk with Daddy, Picking Lime leaves with Daddy, Touching snow, Goats at the Surrey Docks city farm, Ducks in Somerset

Not bad for the last five months of an eight month old’s life, I think. And I look forward to better weather, and to showing her so much more of our beautiful world.


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29 thoughts on “What We Do

  1. Archie Hill

    i was home schooled too but i would still prefer regular schools.:;~

    • @Archie Hill, my daughter is nine months old, so not too worried about that just yet 😉

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  3. I lived in England for a year and a half, so I know what you’re saying about being cold and wet! I love the way you’ve made the best of it all, though. What great memories you have through photos. There is so much beauty in England along with the dreary weather. It’s nice your daughter is getting to see both sides!
    .-= Deb Chitwood´s last blog ..How to Teach Concepts and Vocabulary to Your Preschooler Using the Three-Period Lesson =-.

  4. What a gift you have given your daughter! I am always torn. I so want to have my children see so much, but also, I really like being home. Also we live far from much to do besides nice things at home 🙂 I think it’s great you have found a way to pass something on to her that you enjoy so much, even in a place that isn’t as pleasant (weather wise 🙂 ) to do so.
    .-= Julie from Simple Life´s last blog ..Following Paul =-.

  5. nana colleen

    Lovely,good to see her interacting with life

    • Hi Paige. Thanks for the compliment! Yes, I took pretty much all the pics above, except maybe for some that I was in!

  6. Lauren @ Hobo Mama

    That is marvelous! You definitely have shown her places. I love all your pictures. The one of her on the train is gorgeous!

    It’s so fun to be the one who can show your baby around this great big world, isn’t it? Everything’s new to them!

    Hope you can continue to tolerate the new climate you’re getting used to, now that you’ll get a little summer break of niceness. 🙂
    .-= Lauren @ Hobo Mama´s last blog ..June Carnival of Natural Parenting: Outdoor fun =-.

  7. Oh the pictures are just precious! I envy bloggers who get a lot of pictures in their posts because mine are always soooo word heavy. I tried a bit harder with the carnival post, though.

    Anyhow. Cold and wet is good. That’s what we do here in Seattle and we just pile on the rain clothes, so it works out just fine!

  8. Maman A Droit

    South Africa to England must’ve been quite a change! I grew up in California and now live in a cold part of the central US, so it’s weird for me not having the same beautiful weather to take me son in that I enjoyed as a kid. I didn’t even know what kind of cold-weather gear to get baby, like coats and hats! But you’ve done a great job of taking your little cutie out and about, judging from the pictures!!!
    .-= Maman A Droit´s last blog ..Ways to Have Outdoor Fun with a Pre-Walker =-.

  9. I love it! We were in England/Europe at Christmas and couldn’t believe how close everything was – we drive 10 hours to get to the city. But we could drive for a couple of hours and be in a completely different countryside. It looks like you’re doing an amazing job getting out and about.
    And I love the way you’ve done the photos.
    .-= Deb´s last blog ..Watching Peas Sprout =-.

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