Skiing without Snow

Skiing without Snow

This weekend we had family visiting and today we decided to take advantage of a dry spell and go for a walk.

We had the usual chaos when we left the house; boys didn’t want to put jackets on, I had to run back in the house to check the coffee machine was off, boys didn’t want to get in the car, boys didn’t want to get out the car…..

We told the boys they could take one thing with them for the walk.  Bob L decided to take his bike.  He always picks his bike.  This consistency has paid off, he is fast and it is a good workout for me to run alongside him.


Bob D decided to go off-piste (sorry I couldn’t resist the pun) and take his ski poles with him.  To his credit he did carry them the whole time.  He told passers-by he was skiing.  Which probably was quite confusing as there was no snow and we were no-where near the ski slopes.


We started off by playing around in a fabulous park, which is really designed for adults doing gym work-outs.  The boys loved it all the same.


As we kept walking we discovered a brilliant open-air museum, complete with windmill, rabbits and a cafe.  It was a small 19th century village and it felt like we had stepped back in time.  The boys were more interested in biking / skiing around the houses.  They were impressed with the rabbits though.


We had a lovely afternoon.  The boys didn’t want to get in the car to go home.  Then they didn’t want to get out the car when we arrived back at the house….they wanted to stay there ‘all by self’.

Eventually the promise of snacks and an afternoon movie lured them inside.  They are now happily sat with onesies on.  Batman and superman of course, in-keeping with the superhero theme from yesterday.  If you don’t know what I mean, check out my earlier Instagram post.

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  1. 15th February 2016 / 1:10 pm

    Love the ski poles they are fab – sometimes their imaginations amaze me. Sounds like a great day out. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUk hope to see you again next week X

    • yneely
      15th February 2016 / 3:23 pm

      He is a comedian and he now wants to take them everywhere. I had a lengthy conversation this morning about why he couldn’t take his poles to nursery with him! See you next week x

  2. The Anxious Dragon
    14th February 2016 / 9:12 pm

    I think your tots have just rhe right idea, skiing sounds far more run when there is absolutely no snow involved.
    Thanks for sharing with us, Traceyxx #abitofeverything

    • yneely
      15th February 2016 / 3:27 pm

      Ha ha yes, I thought you might say that after your Snow Grinch blog post 🙂 X

    • yneely
      14th February 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Bob D is hoping for a ‘real’ ski trip before the winter finishes! X

  3. 12th February 2016 / 11:57 pm

    Sounds like a great day and good when the unexpected turns up. Know that feeling when they want to stay in the car!

    • yneely
      13th February 2016 / 11:54 am

      It’s EVERY time ha ha! They never want to do what I want them to do.. X

  4. 11th February 2016 / 6:25 pm

    I’ll check out your Instagram account! #abitofeverything

    • yneely
      11th February 2016 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks 🙂 xxx

  5. 10th February 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Sounds like they had a lot of fun. I would have loved discovering that little village! I love History so I would have been in my element:) Two weeks ago I discovered in my town that I’ve lived in for the past 9 years that one of the colleges (I live in a college town) has a Natural History Museum…and it’s FREE!! I took my 9 year old and he loved it! Popping by from #bloggerclubuk

    • yneely
      10th February 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Oh wow, brilliant. Great that it is free too! Xxx

      • 10th February 2016 / 4:06 pm

        Yeah I was really excited about it being free and my son had a blast looking at all the dinosaurs

        • yneely
          10th February 2016 / 4:57 pm

          Dinosaurs, even better! x

  6. min1980
    9th February 2016 / 9:35 pm

    That 19th century village sounds fab! #abitofeverything

    • yneely
      9th February 2016 / 9:37 pm

      It was great. Didn’t even know it was there! 🙂 x

  7. 9th February 2016 / 11:52 am

    When I first started reading I thought you were actually going sking!!! Love it!! Off Piste!! God why are they always off Piste!!!! Grrrrrr!! Fun day xx

    • yneely
      9th February 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Ha ha, absolutely, they are always going off piste 🙂 x

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