Plymouth Hoe and Ice skating
All through the Christmas holidays the children had yearned to go Ice skating. Last year my brother came down and we all skated at the Eden Project which isn't far from us. This year our passes had run out and with everything happening on the farm the time just ran away with us. Then the kids' cousins came to stay and it seemed an ideal opportunity to give it a go. We opted for Plymouth on a tip off from a friend who joined us. It was a long journey over the border and I was keen to grab a little fresh air in the daylight hours before our skating started. I'd not visited Plymouth Hoe before, a seafront park dating back to medieval times, and was keen to see what was there as it was walking distance of the skating rink.
Walking anywhere in a party of thirteen through a city isn't easy so I was glad it wasn't far before we were clear of the shops and heading out to the coast. Entering the Hoe there were several war monuments and statues. Plymouth was heavily bombed in World War Two and much of the old city fell. It was good to see that away from the concrete 1960s city centre there is an area to remember the past. My children of course saw it as a climbing opportunity.
Having scaled a few monuments they took a moment to read the plaques and reflect as well as admiring the remains of the old city walls.
Then the freedom of green grass took hold and they dashed across towards the sea front.
Standing tall on the cliff edge is the light house. It looks quite magnificent and I'd like to return one day to walk to the top. The visibility from there on a clear day like this one must be amazing.
The children found a telescope and shared a 20p to survey the coastline.
The views are quite spectacular stretching from the Barbican with its imposing yachts over to Plymouth Sound where the sun glistened across the water.
I took the chance to step back and swap to my distance lens, this way I even captured the teens enjoying themselves unaware of my camera on them and a spot of imaginative play from the younger ones.
We could have spent so much longer there in the beautiful afternoon sun and I'm sure we will return but the 4pm ice skating beckoned and they were not about to miss out.
The rink wasn't too busy and larger than at Eden, skates were tightened and they zoomed off like they skated only yesterday. I took a little longer blaming my delay on hanging back to grab some pictures of them first!
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A few of my favourites from a wonderful selection last week:
This walk from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary between the stormy weather shows off just how remote and beautiful the Shetlands are and how quickly it can all change. The same is true of Ireland when Kate Takes 5 ventures towards a childhood favourite spot on a too blustery day.
Chocolate is not the only fruit found a fun designer London bus trail while the Mini Mes and Me enjoyed a muddy visit to the Gruffalo Trail whilst Can I Walk Mummy discovered a map of the solar system. This encourages me that my new wildlife trail in making is going to be popular.
Something always appeals to me about the beach in Winter. Mummy Mishaps and Mummys Crochet World share a first visit of the new year.
Finally you may see these fun outdoor crafts repeated by me here at Coombe Mill in our activity hour, they are both educational and simple to do. A Windsock by Baby Routes and the Grapefruit Trap by From Wild About Here