Doesn't stop us trying though.
There's only a certain amount of time I can do couped up inside, so we grabbed the first decent weather window after Christmas and shepherded the kids out of the house before they had time to think about it.
We set off from the house on loop around the lanes: quite a long loop as it happens…
I brought a ball with us for a bit of a distraction which worked for a while, until someone had to carry it…
It wasn't long before the usual chorus of, '…are we nearly there yet?' kicked off. The 8 year old grumped most of the way, walking about 10 paces behind in protest.
No interest in the views across the rolling countryside to the Sugar Loaf (or the Sugar Lump as the youngest calls it), and the peaks of the Skirrid.
Not a relaxing walk at all - more of a laboured, stop/start one, with plenty of coaxing and pleading.
It was getting dark by the time we finally made it home.
Down but not out, we set out again a few days later, and this time went somewhere we hadn't been before - to Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons which is about an hour's drive from us. And it was an altogether better kind of day - maybe because my expectations were really low, but mainly I think, because it was a bit of an adventure: walking through the ancient forest; the ice covered puddles, the squidgy mud; the sticks (obviously), and the first thundering waterfall.
We didn't make it to the most spectacular waterfall, because the path was slippy from all the rain and a little close to the edge for comfort…but we'll be back when the weather's better - and I mean a lot better, because apparently you can stand behind this one. Sounds like something worth trying...on a warm, dry summer's day.
On the way back the 8 year old came hurtling down the path to give me this lovely heart shaped stone he'd found
...out of breath; pink cheeks; covered in mud; happy as you like - 'I love walking mummy!' - and I smiled and knew he absolutely did, at that moment - just as I knew he probably absolutely wouldn't the next time we ventured out.
Linking up a little late with Country Kids from Coombe Mill