Sailing on the Patio… Making the most of the Wet and Wild Cumbria Flooding!


Rain. Rain. Rain. Rain.

Oh, and some more rain. And wind.

This combined with our poorly draining garden that slopes towards the house, and we have a beautiful water feature in place of our patio. I’ve always wanted a water feature. Not one that’s trying to invade the house though! Luckily it’s not trying too hard, but have positioned our bags of play sand next to the brick vent things. Our thoughts are with those more affected by the floods, especially friends and family in Kendal, Keswick and Cockermouth. Stage safe peeps!

Luckily, we’re not too badly affected, so we made the most of this and crafted some sailing boats out of stuff from round the house.

We then got geared up to brave the elements. Which takes so much longer than feels justifiable when you’re literally venturing a metre from the door!

The boats were a great success! Their sails caught the wind and they sped off up the patio!

They weren’t the most brilliantly crafted boats, but they lasted long enough for a sail, followed by general splashing about!


We then retreated indoors, much to Bee’s dismay…

Excellent mini adventure, concluded with above warm bath, ahhhhh ๐Ÿ™‚

Life Unexpected

6 thoughts on “Sailing on the Patio… Making the most of the Wet and Wild Cumbria Flooding!

  1. naturemumwales says:

    Thank god you are my badly affected. Making the most of the rain is definitely the way to go and I love the boats. My sons favourite activity is to jump in big puddles it is such fun. Will have to borrow your boat idea next time we have a heavy rain here in Wales #whatevertheweather


  2. Love this idea. And the approach to stormy weather – not a bad thing, a play opportunity! Glad to hear you weren’t too badly affected. Friends of mine in Cumbria are stuck as all the roads are closed and bridges washed out…#whatevertheweather


  3. chloelifeunexpected says:

    What a brilliant way to make the most of the floods!!! So creative. I love your little boats. I hope everything is back to normal again and I hope one day you get a genuine water feature rather than nature deciding for you! I’m glad you weren’t too badly affected by the floods. It looks like your two had such a good time. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx


  4. Aww, look at poor Bee’s face! Reminds me of my little A, he would have the same look! Looks like you guys are really making the most of it, the sailing boats worked really well, I’ve never been that good with my toy boat designs! Glad to hear you are all safe and well, we saw our relatives in Cumbria, although not the Appleby ones as the bridges are closed and they are at the wrong side, not enough time for us to drive the 30 miles round unfortunately. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather ๐Ÿ™‚ x


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