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Feb 14

Hello from the snow!

This time last week I was feeling rather relieved at having a) made it past the Swiss Airlines’ check-in scales after numerous repacking attempts and b) arrived safely in Zurich after flying solo with aforementioned neo-scalebusting luggage, a 3 year-old and a baby. All without, I hasten to add, losing any bags or children. The challenge was all well worth it as soon as Roo spotted all the snow glistening in the evening darkness from the car window. Her eyes wide with disbelief at the sheer volume of white stuff all around her, she spent the journey from the airport continuously pointing out untouched blankets of snow on roadsides, by footpaths and coating the hillsides and asking incredulously ‘why are there no marks in it?’.

Skiing

Off to make some marks in the powder with her skis…

Since then not a day has gone by without Roo taking action to correct this apparent oversight by the good people of Switzerland. She has been walking, sledging, stomping, playing, skiing and even crawling through the mounds and mounds of thigh-high powdery snow all around us. She has personally seen to it that most of the snow in our immediate surroundings has a good representation of marks and we have all helped her in her goal. This means we have spent a good deal of the week outdoors, despite temperatures of around -9C at gone 9am several days and a lot of time spent climbing in and out of layer and layers of thermal clothing. Switzerland is such a fantastic place for outdoorsy kids – but more about that in future posts.

A new adventure for Roo this week has been trying out her first pair of skis. She donned a pair of plastic toy ones for a bit of improvised cross-country skiing up and down the road outside the house and after a bit of uncertainty, became quite confident at racing the pushchair. Then today she moved on to the real deal with a tiny pair of proper skis and her very first ski lesson. This involved a lot of making ice-creams out of snow, sliding on one ski and shouts of ‘bravo’ from their lovely teacher as she eventually slid through an arch on both skis.  Needless to say, she loved every minute. With another week to go, hopefully we can squeeze in another lesson or two!

Sledging!

Sledging!

Today is another first for all of us. Instead of celebrating Valentine’s Day with roses and romance, we will be exchanging them for balloons and birthday cake as Baby Beth celebrates her first birthday out in the Swiss snow. Hopefully we will get out for a bit of her (and my) new favourite way of going for a walk – bundled up on a toboggan!

 

 

I’m joining in with the the #CountyKids linky over at the Coombe Mill blog – hope you’ve all had a wonderfully outdoorsy kind of week!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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  1. Cathy (MummyTravels)

    Lovely! We’ve had so little snow here – just enough for my daughter to discover it properly for the first time this year before it promptly melted. Would love to try a trip like this with her.

    1. Kate Limburn

      It was such a fun trip and a great introduction to snow at that age. It’s always a bit tricky with little ones and snow breaks though isn’t it? Roo definitely discovered that it was a lot colder than she was expecting and that not all types of snow make snowmen! I discovered that dressing and undressing two little children takes at least a third of the day… Great fun though and Roo loved her little ski lessons.

  2. Coombe Mill

    It looks like you’re having a fabulous time there. I love the way Roo’s made it her mission to go out and make marks in every bit of snow she can find, I always think it’s funny to see the way kids react to snow. It’s exciting that she’s had her first skiing lesson, she’ll be an expert before you know it! Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    1. Kate Limburn

      I know…it won’t take her long to be better than me! 🙂

  3. Christine

    Happy 1st birthday Beth, what a fantastic place to celebrate it. Great photo of them on the toboggan! Sounds like you’re having a fantastic holiday, enjoy the rest of your break. #countrykids

    1. Kate Limburn

      We had a great break thanks! So much fun out in the snow even if we didn’t get in quite as much skiing as an adult only trip!

  4. Emma T

    Looks like you’re having a fabulous time, and great to get the children on skis early, especially if they take to it. Happy birthday to Beth. #countrykids

    1. Kate Limburn

      Thanks! We had a fab time. Can’t believe Beth is 1 already!

  5. Merlinda Little ( @pixiedusk)

    You are so awesome to be able to travel alone with kids! The place looks stunning and yes fun place to be outdoorsy =) #countrykids

    1. Kate Limburn

      It’s a gorgeous corner of the world. Travelling alone with kids is always such an unknown – so much depends on what mood they are in, who you sit next to, if there are delays and on and on … luckily it all went smoothly for me on this trip! 🙂

  6. minis AND MORE

    That all looks so magical. I remember being adamant as a little one that every bit of new snow had to be trodden in! I am desperate for my three year-old girl to start skiing and it looks like the way to go is the plastic skis for a few days first. Enjoy the rest of your time in the snow #countrykids

    1. Kate Limburn

      Yes – the plastic skis were a really non-threatening no pressure way to start. Roo did have a few one hour sessions with a teacher in the snow garden at the local ski centre too but again, it was really fun and casual with the emphasis on play. Just right for little ones! She loved it. Sure she will be better than me in no time!

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