Coping with the Wet Weather the British Way

Last weekend was a wet one. Nothing new there of course, But I’m learning the British way now, which is “Stiff upper lip, plod on” and “Everything is jolly good even if it’s bloody raining!”.  Armed with waterproof rain coats, wooly hats, scarves, gloves, a flask of hot chocolate, another one with tea, some lovely biscuits and a smelly dog, we jumped in our car and drove to Penhallam Manor.

The first and last time we were here was in the autumn of 2014.  As mentioned on that post, Penhallam is an English Heritage site, with the remains of a 13th century medieval manor.  There’s hardly anything left, but the very bare bones of the house, but still worth visiting.

This time though, we went with some friends.  While waiting,  T and I decided to explore the nearby woods and left the historian to wait by the gate for our friends in case they missed the turning.  And they did!

I love this woodland, but never had the chance to explore it, this time we thought we’d manage it. But we never got that far, because T’s friends have arrived.  So we decided to head back.

There were four adults, three kids, two dogs, and a baby in a sling, stomping in the muddy walk towards the remains of a gothic manor.

And then it started raining even before we could get there, but no one seemed fazed by it.  Everyone just kept walking on, chatting and no one mentioned the rain, except me, who muttered under my breath.

When we got there, in spite of the rain, T’s friend stripped her rain coat off and started running around without it.  Thank goodness T didn’t follow suit and was sensible enough to keep her coat on, even though her hood wasn’t on.

Then it was a riot of kids and dogs running around like loonies.  By this time, I had to stop taking photos, I didn’t want my camera to get wet and was busy making sure the kids didn’t fall in the very cold water surrounding the manor.

After a snack of hot chocolate (tea for the grown-ups) and biscuits, they started having fun with muddy puddles. As the narrator of  Peppa pig would say “Everyone loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles”.

Do you have anything fun planned this weekend?

If you can trust the weather report, it’s supposed to be a sunny day, albeit a cold one tomorrow.  We are definitely heading out, most probably to another English Heritage or National Trust property.  That’s one of the reasons why we keep our membership with both of them, it’s so handy to have, especially down here in Cornwall for day trips with little ones like this one.

Have a lovely weekend folks!



  1. snoozing on the sofa

    Not that it has anything to do with your post, but the snout placement on the Peppa Pig characters confuses and disturbs me.

    • I actually had to google Peppa Pig just to remind me of what they look like. Hahaha. I’ve never noticed, but now that you’ve mentioned it, you’re right. Looks kinda weird.

  2. Kate @ Did That Just Happen?

    Looks like fun, but yeah, it would have taken me a bit to embrace that kinda wet chaos!! 🙂

  3. Petal and Mortar

    Getting the daughter over norovirus. Wish I was jumping in muddy puddles.

    • Oh no, hope your little one gets better soon. Down here, it’s chickenpox that’s been going around. Won’t be surprised if T gets it soon!

  4. Coombe Mill

    Ah the classic plans made in good faith and then along comes the rain! Looks like the kids were instrumental in ensuring the plans went on regardless quite ignoring the rain. I’ll have to make a note of this one as we’ve not visited before. The woods you had a sneaky peak into look lovely too. Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  5. ortsofsorts

    When I was a young mother this would have unhinged me! I have relaxed (a bit) now that I’ve been mothering for almost 26 years and my babiest baby is 11. At first glance of the muddy path I started to shudder. I’m glad you are embracing the wet and wild nature; it will bring you so much peace and joy over the long run!

    • When I first moved to England, all that rain and greyness bothered me. The short dark and grey winter days really affected my mood. Admittedly, the are times when it still does but I’ve really just learned to plod on whatever weather it is and that also applies to life! 😉 x

  6. Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    Sounds like you all coped very well with the rain and Little T and her friend look like they were having a wonderful time. I don’t mind rainy day walks if we’re all in waterproofs and well wrapped up but I definitely prefer them in drier weather! Jumping in muddy puddles is lots of fun though :-0

  7. islandliving365

    That looks a fantastic place to visit and explore. Glad everyone had a good time, even if it rained! At least there was plenty of puddle jumping 🙂 #whatevertheweather

  8. Mummy on a Budget (@mummyonabudget)

    Great that you went out despite the rain! Kids really aren’t bothered by it and will have fun regardless especially if there are muddy puddles to splash in! #whatevertheweather

    • And kids love the rain, don’t they? And then when they realise how wet they’ve become… they start whinging! 🙂 Love kids.

  9. Keri from Baby Globetrotters

    Despite my pure British blood it seems alas my children have developed zero desire to want to walk outside when it rains! It doesn’t help that we live in the desert now but honestly they come running in with the first sight of moisture in the air (but loving wearing the boots!) so glad you can get them outside and enjoying it #whatevertheweather

    • Back home as a kid, we used to love rain showers and would ran around like loonies in the rain. Sadly though, our parents didn’t always allow us to do that 😉 As for my daughter, she’s a water baby! Name any kind of body of water, even if it’s just rain, she’ll love it 🙂

  10. chloelifeunexpected

    I love that they had so much fun despite the weather!!!! It’s lovely that little ones aren’t bothered so much by the rain and just love running around. I wish I shared their enthusiasm sometimes. It sounds and looks like they had such a fab time. It’s just so nice to be outdoors in the fresh air sometimes though isn’t it, whatever the weather. Thank you for sharing your adventure on #whatevertheweather x

  11. Jenny Eaves

    It looks like you all had an amazing time, despite the rain! Kids really don’t seem to mind so much as long as they are well dressed for th weather. Who doesn’t love muddy puddles to splash in too, I love the puddle jumping photos!
    This so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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