conker haul

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

I’ve always been a firm believer in the saying that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.  A few weeks ago my son and I got to spend a Sunday alone together, the weather was fairly atrocious but that wasn’t going to hold us back.  I asked my son what he wanted to do and straight away he told me that he wanted to go to his happy place.  So we donned our boots and waterproofs and headed out for some fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

The rain was pouring down as we arrived, but that wasn’t going to deter my son at all.  He knows the grounds like the back of his hand and wasn’t going to let a bit of rain get in the way of another adventure.  It was definitely not the right weather for my DSLR so I had to rely on my phone instead to capture moments from our visit.  The photos really don’t show you just how foul the weather was at times!

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

My son decided on the route and we headed off despite the weather.  We passed a number of horse chestnut trees and vowed to collect some conkers on our way back to the entrance.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

As it was a Heritage Open Day the Gothic Temple was open and we were both thrilled to have the opportunity to look around.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

In all the years we’ve been visiting Stowe, we’ve never seen inside before.  You can rent the two-bedroom property, and it must be wonderful to enjoy the views once all the visitors have gone home for the day.

Even in the pouring rain, this little chap was smiling.  On days when he’s being challenging, I need to remind myself of the day like this one and how much more important these moments are.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

He was rather happy to find a gazebo with a few deck chairs inside so he could chill out for a few minutes.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

But it wasn’t long before he was off exploring in the rain again, and reacquainting himself with some of his favourite spots.

The rain finally calmed down enough for us to pull our hoods down long enough for us to take a few selfies, before continuing on our walk.

Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

Having fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe, saw my son get quite a haul of conkers.  This is only a small number of the ones he found.

conker haul

Good job I had my handbag with me to stash them for him. They’ve now been decanted into a glass jar and sit in our kitchen.  He’s very proud of them and I’m proud of him for wanting to get outdoors whatever the weather.  We had a wonderful couple of hours enjoying each other’s company, in a place that always makes us smile.

Have you been out in all weathers lately?

 

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4 thoughts on “Fun in the rain and conker hunting at Stowe

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time despite the rain! I am starting to think I need to invest in some waterproofs. It looks like you had the whole place to yourself. x

  2. I’m with you on getting outside in all weathers too – thank goodness for waterproofs! How interesting to be able to explore the Gothic Temple on this visit to Stowe. That’s a great haul of conkers too – we’ve not found any this year so far. Thanks for sharing your day out with #CountryKids

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