These first few weeks of September have been a pretty chilled out time, with Sam back at school and Flo easing her way into reception class with a run of half days.
These short days mean my daughter and I have plenty of time to hang out together, at a somewhat slower pace than we would if her brother was around. Although she is such a confident and outgoing soul, she is definitely the quieter, calmer of my two and great company. To say I’ll miss our time together when she is full-time at school is an understatement, so for now I’ve been making the most of these slow mornings.
Today we went out for a walk in the woods and on our local beach, which as we are land-locked in the Yorkshire Dales is a pebble beach near the River Wharfe.
When we were at the Just So festival a few weeks ago, Flo was asked to model this water resistant, stain resistant suit from new brand Kidunk, so we thought we’d take it for another test run somewhere we knew would be very muddy!
It’s made from a really soft and stretchy fabric which is thick enough to feel like it would withstand lots of tumbles without going through at the knees. The outfit is sold as separates (we have the smile top and flamingo trousers) but with a hidden zip inside which means they could be fitted together to create a fully splashproof suit. I’m thinking this will be perfect for sledging and winter walks on the moors. We never used to get much snow in Wirral but now we’re in Yorkshire I’m expecting big things!
The design means it’s spacious enough for Flo to move around but not so baggy as it drowns her. The colours of her top remind me a bit of Snow White’s dress, a bargaining tool I’ve used a few times to get her to dress sensibly for a muddy walk. I really like the Peter Pan collar and bright colours and so does she. What’s really handy is that the trousers have zip fastenings at the ankle so they can be made wide enough to fit over the top of wellies.
We had a great morning in the woods, I love being so close to nature and letting her run around and collect sticks, climb trees and jump in the mud. It’s a spot we used to go for walks all the time when we were small, and one of my favourite photos was taken here probably in the early 80s, of my sister and I in matching homemade sundresses. You can actually see it in this old post if you fancy a look!
This post was written in collaboration with Kidunk, but all views are entirely my own.