Summer = Paddling Pools

The word summer equals to paddling pools, especially when you have a little one.  I can’t even begin to count how many little T has had since she was a toddler.

When we moved into our new house last year, my husband bought T a big pool especially since we finally have the space for it.  Sadly, we kept the said pool in a small outbuilding in the bottom of our garden.  Even though I packed it securely (or so I thought), the mice still had a go at it.  I found this out during the “heat wave” about a month ago when T invited a friend over for some paddling pool fun.

Imagine my annoyance when I found out after cleaning the paddling pool, blowing it up only to find out that there were holes in it. I panicked and thankfully, my husband willingly (minus the grumbling) drove me to the nearest shop and bought the biggest paddling pool we could find.  Sadly, it wasn’t as big as her previous one, but once blown up, it wasn’t that bad at all.

This was T’s paddling pool last year.  The three of us could fit in it comfortably with enough space for other kids as well.

This is the new one, not as big, but it didn’t seem to bother the girls at all.

These two girls are really sporty.  They enjoyed running towards the pool and just jumping into it and having lots of giggles.

It was one of those perfect long summer days, lovely and warm.  The kids having fun in the garden, while mum can have a read in the hammock and maybe a cheeky g&t.  And the husband in the study…… Ah bliss.

And this being England of course, everything went downhill from there.  The next day, it ended with a mist.  The temperature dropped and then it rained for days.  Story of our life eh?  Here’s hoping the warm paddling pools will come back.

What about you?

Did you enjoy the heat-wave too?

Or was it just too much?

36 Comments

  1. Ah what beautiful shot photos! I remember when we had a similar pool when I was a child.. I loved it!

    • Same here. Was bit breezy yesterday though, so I set it up inside the convservatory! 🙂

    • Ours isn’t flat either 🙁 When our pool is up, it’s always lopsided 🙂

  2. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    I hated the heatwave! We only have a baby pool but the kids want a bigger one so have been looking out to see what would suit them. Some have play bits attached but not sure if too babyish 🙁
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    • We loved the heatwave 🙂 I’m sure you’ll find a suitable one for your kids. x

  3. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Ah such fun and the smaller pool doesn’t look as though it stopped the girls at all. Such lovely photos, I’m sure you feel as though you had your money’s worth from the pool all ready. Fingers crossed we have the sun again soon, it is drizzling again here today as I type this between apologizing to the guests just arriving!

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Same here. Bad weather. We were supposed to go camping with some friends today, just somewhere near. But no way in this weather. It’s supposed to be better again next week 🙂

  4. We have a huge one and by the time I tried to clean it it went cold and then got really dirty. I only managed to get a tiny one and then I left the boys with my husband for a bit and when I returned it had become a green pond! Looks like you have a lovely garden and they had a lot of fun even if the pool was slightly smaller. #countrykids
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    • They did indeed, thanks. Hopefully yours will be used as a paddling pool soon and not a pond, although ponds could be fun too 😉

  5. I love the paddling pool shots. I’d love to get one but we have a bit of a wonky garden on a slope so I’m not sure it would work! I wish the weather would just decide one way or another I keep finding summery things and then having to find a jumper. #CountryKids

    • I know it doesn’t show much on the photos, but our garden is also wonky. We live on a hill, so it’s a bit slopey. Can’t really get one of those big pools with a frame, would love one, but I’m afraid not with the kind of garden we have 🙁

  6. The heatwave was too hot for me. I’d rather not have rain, but something in the early 20s would be nice. #countrykids

  7. So much fun! We really must get a paddling pool, it’s a bit ridiculous that we don’t have one 🙂 Love your photos, you can see what a fab time they’re having! #countrykids

    • Same here. Haven’t had it out in days now. It’s been raining too and a bit chilly. Hopefully the warm days will come back.

  8. Can’t beat a paddling pool in the summer. Love the look of T’s pool. Our one is tiny but on the plus side it’s very quick to fill and easy to empty. I really should get a bigger pool at some point though…! 🙂 #countrykids

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