Running in Sunflowers

Earlier on this week we took a trip to a local farm that has a Sunflower Trail. It’s the same local farm that has a Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch in October, but I found out about the Suflower Trail completely by accident on Facebook. It’s a working farm, so aside from a picnic area with an old digger to climb on and a couple of small sandpits, there aren’t any other attractions or animals to see. It seemed like the perfect activity to do on a day which was sunny yet also threatened rain at any moment, as it was short enough and cheap enough to be easy to abandon if the need arose.

It didn’t disappoint. The sunflowers, all nodding away in the same direction (did you know that whilst sunflowers are heliotrophic and “follow the sun” they only do so whilst actively growing? Once they have fully bloomed the fix facing east! One of several facts we learned on the trail!) were almost glowing in the sunlight. Thomas and I were both completely dwarfed by the wall of flowers around us.


Thomas took charge of the map. It wasn’t really a maze, as it wasn’t particularly difficult to find the way, but there were a couple of wrong turns and dead ends and Thomas took great delight in navigating us away from them (although he had to double back when he realised he’s missed some “Sunflower Facts” in the dead ends!

We also had fu searching out various bugs within the trail and spotted various flies, caterpillars and butterflys before making it first to the “centre” and then to the exit.

Visiting lavender seems to have become a popular activity recently, but I can recommend searching out a local sunflower field too!

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Down on the Farm

Thomas loves books about animals and farmyards. Animal noises are by far the largest ‘group’ of words that he can say, and he will point to pictures of all kinds which contain animals and excitedly proclaim the sound. So I’ve been waiting for the weather to improve to get him out to some farmyards and animal parks for a bit more exposure to the real thing.

Of course I’ve been waiting in vain. It doesn’t look like we’ll be getting any warmer weather any time soon, so this weekend we bit the bullet and headed to a local Rare Breeds centre for some farmyard fun.

As predicted, Thomas had a ball.



He enjoyed running around in the sun – even if it did keep breaking to snow too. And even though he still doesn’t own wellies, as his feet are still too small!


We had trouble keeping up with him! Holding hands was a definite “No”, and the reins caused a tantrum too. The best way to get him to go in the direction we wanted him too was to get him to follow the snack pot in the pushchair. I’m ashamed to admit that I bribe my child with food!





There were plenty of animals to look at, and make appropriate noises at too.


And there were even animals to stroke – although understanding of the word “gently” is a work in progress.

It was a shame that it was so cold, especially as the indoor restaurant facilities were very limited, and it was definitely no day for a picnic! But we all had great fun.

Just because Thomas won’t have a direct memory of activities that we do with him now doesn’t mean that they aren’t worthwhile for him, and for us as a family. And I want to make a record of them for him, so he can see pictures of what he is not able to recall.