It has been a little while since I have written a post about our weekend and here’s me posting a second family round up in the same number of days. After a truly lovely weekend I couldn’t help but record some photos over here on my blog, that’s what this space is all about after all. And so here is a little update from a rather snowy weekend in Staffordshire…
There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. Or at least that was the plan when I awoke on Sunday to inches of snow, a blanket of lovely white powder for as far as the eye could see. As I sat cradling my hot cuppa watching Miss Potter for the second time in less than twenty four hours (it’s just beautiful and one I’d recommend), my thoughts turned to which movies we would spend a cosy Sunday watching, making a roast for lunch and a walk to the shops for afternoon treats. The thought of being curled up under blankets locked away in our snug from the cold sounded quite simply perfect. Fast forward to 9am when two excited boys appeared dressed and ready to rumble. My plans were very quickly changing.
They had awoken full of excitement for the winter wonderland outside our window and had come up with a master plan, to brave the cold and go sledging. As we didn’t really manage to enjoy much of the snow the last time The Beast from the East arrived due to it being on a school and work day I couldn’t resist joining them. A family that sledges together stays together. Although as we left the house I couldn’t quite believe how cold it was, oh my goodness and that wind, it was bitter. Stood on the top of Bunny Hill, well that was an experience. The Beast from the East had most definitely returned and with a vengeance. But that wasn’t stopping a certain six year old and his thirty eight year old daddy, these two were determined to make the most of the day and do you know what I am so glad they encouraged me to follow. Sometimes you just have to go with it. Making memories one snowy weekend at a time.
Despite being a little unsteady on my ankle from my accident I took it slowly, very much trailing behind which meant I could snap away at the surroundings – I didn’t sledge but I did watch and felt every bump, whoop and screams of laughter – that counts right? A family that sledges together stays together. I was both excited and nervous for them at the same time as they flew down the hill and couldn’t help but laugh when their sledge took a tumble and they rolled off at the bottom. It was so lovely to see so many children out there enjoying time together as a family, the amount of children I saw with faces full of glee, with their sledges trailing behind them and parents grasping hot travel mugs of coffee made me feel so fuzzy inside.
We started our sledging over at Kings Wood – Monument Hill, always our first stop on a snowy day but sadly the hill just wasn’t big enough apparently. Oh to be six years old and fearless and have a daddy who has just the same amount of excitement for the snow. And so on the instructions of Mr H and with one very excited little boy we made our way over to Bunny Hill, renowned locally for its sledging and a new local spot to explore. The views were stunning, not that the boys were bothered about that, they stormed ahead excited to see this grand hill whereas the photographer in me couldn’t help but take it slow and enjoy the surroundings. As much as I love our little family adventures and watching as the fun unfolds before my eyes, I also love finding new spaces to explore – always thinking of the next adventure. Definitely one to return to on a sunshine filled day.
As you’ll see from the photos below the boys had so much fun, the laughs and excitement to climb back to the top of the hill were on repeat for almost two hours. I captured some lovely memories and adored watching my boys enjoying some father and son time together. Isn’t that what being a mummy is all about? We returned home with cold noses, fingers and toes ready to warm our bones with hot hot chocolate. We happily retired to the sofa under cosy blankets – for an afternoon with Paddington Bear, good food and a few treats thrown in all whilst looking through my camera roll at the memories made. George declared this day the best day ever. And to think I nearly stayed at home with our furry baby.
I give you Monument Hill…
And on to Bunny Hill…
A family that sledges together stays together.
Oh WOW what a superb place to sledge and so quiet! Lovely photos of your boys. My twins absolutely love sledging too (and me actually, I really do!). It’s such great fun and what a lot of snow we’ve had this winter. Jess xx
It was such a good find, we’ve seen lots of friends going over the years and never ventured over there. I am so glad we did. I love that you love it too x
What a gorgeous place to go sledging, I have really lovely memories of going sledging with my dad and brother as a kid but sadly we rarely get enough snow here to go (plus we don’t have a sledge even though I tell my husband we should buy one every year!) xx
Its usually so busy but thankfully no one was braving the cold so we pretty much had the hill to ourselves. We got a sledge years ago and just keep it in the shed x
Oh this looks lovely and so much fun. We had the bitterly cold wind but none of the snow unfortunately. I do love days when you end up doing something unexpected and special x
I love that you still managed to go sledding with like 1 cm of snow on the ground that’s amazing. I am used to more like five feet back home and we laugh at this but having lived in england I so get it and this is our snow winter sled days look like. Glad you had such a good time. We sadly didn’t get to sled this year all three times it snowed the kids were in school and it melted by pick up. I may have sledding down the driveway by accident but that doesn’t count. Gorgeous snow snaps. Indeed they do stay together. #wrc
I’ve not heard of Monument Hill or Bunny HIll before – crazy considering we live in the same county! Bunny Hill in particular looks like a gorgeous place to explore. It sounds like you had a lot of fun together – we chose to hibernate instead!
Oh I think you’d love them both. Monument Hill is great for the walk up and look out over Trentham. We had a great day x
Brilliant sledging hill!! We have a good one near us too and for the first time we went sledging this year too, it was so much fun! It’s worth having a sledge in the shed all year on the off chance we get a ‘snow day’ after all! ; )
It was so much fun Heledd – I only wished I could have joined in with them x
Stunning photos as always KA. I am astonished by the lack of people there! Glad you took it easy with your ankle, really hoping it’s on the mend now. xx