Meeting Fernando One Sunny Day

Since Little Z has arrived we are constantly finding ourselves challenged on how to entertain him. It was easy at first, shake a few rattles, sing a few songs and he would be highly amused.

As he’s gotten older and wiser he is a bit more demanding with his choice of entertainment. “Outside” features in most of his requests. As does “dancing dancing”. Luckily we are in the midst of very lovely weather at the moment and so decided to take him to our local play farm.

I secretly love toddler outings. It’s like selfishly reliving my entire childhood again.

It was a scorching day and we were in a battle against time. Try to keep z awake in the car whilst trying to find our way back onto the correct route after getting lost. I’ve never really appreciated my surroundings, living on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales, but its absolutely beautiful.

The play farm was a lot of fun and my only regret is not having visited earlier. Little Z had the chance to feed the calves but declared “I no like it, I scared”. As a dutiful mother I was delighted, I mean willing, to step in and feed him instead.

He did enjoy seeing the “horsey” and sheep though and was a bit perplexed at the guinea pigs. He also learnt the word “bull” and “Fernando”, the bull stud who came over to have a bit of a nosey at us. The farmer explained to a 6 year old that Fernando had a lot of girlfriends. Little Z wasn’t too bothered but the 6 year old did look slightly stunned at this bit of information.

All in all it was a brilliant day out. Little Z got to feed calves, I got to “help” and we both got to take away our own little memories. Of cows and sheep and horses…and a bull named Fernando who lives in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Sunlight at Hesketh Farm

Hesketh View

Horse at Hesketh Farm

Flowers at Hesketh Farm


Field Hesketh


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  1. Sarah MumofThree World July 10, 2013 / 7:37 am

    How cute! I’m a wimp and have never been brave enough to feed the animals! My boys used to like feeding the goats though. I was gutted when my daughter screamed and cried in terror at BABY RABBITS.

  2. 3yearsandhome July 10, 2013 / 8:13 am

    Fab photos, Taz. I’ve now got Abba’s Fernando running through my head though 🙂

  3. Kelly Wiffin July 10, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Some lovely photos! It is certainly lovely weather!

  4. Louise July 10, 2013 / 10:22 am

    Fabulous photos, great to get out on sunny days, Love the guinea pig x

  5. Molly July 10, 2013 / 10:58 am

    Looks like the perfect day to me! Gorgeous photos too. x

  6. Only Best For Baby July 10, 2013 / 11:39 am

    What beautiful photos! The countryside looks stunning with those rolling hills and I love all animals 🙂 x

  7. Louise July 10, 2013 / 12:48 pm

    I love toddler outings too! Lovely pics x

  8. Lous Lake Views July 10, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    That countryside is so beautiful, what a lovely place to live. Sounds like a great day out for you all too

  9. MummaG July 10, 2013 / 4:04 pm

    Stunning photographs, I too love reliving my youth on toddler adventures!

  10. Jaime Oliver July 10, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    wow you pictures are absolutely stunning! if your yorkshire im not too far from you in Nottingham! xx

  11. Herding Cats July 10, 2013 / 4:53 pm

    Wonderful post and wonderful pictures. My 15 month old is obsessed with birds (maybe living with parrots does it) and I am so looking forward to taking her to Birdworld this weekend.

  12. A Patchwork Life July 10, 2013 / 4:58 pm

    Gorgeous rolling countryside and lovely shot of the sun streaming through the leaves. Sounds like a great day, and Fernando sounds like a perfect name for an amorous bull! 🙂

  13. Charly Dove July 10, 2013 / 5:02 pm

    Wonderful photos Tas, the countryside near you is just beautiful and so lush! How brilliant to feed the calves 🙂

  14. older mum in a muddle July 10, 2013 / 6:42 pm

    What a lovely day out. Little A loves going to farms too! Great photos! I am from Leeds, so I know how lovely the Yorkshire Dales are – just sublime! X.

  15. LauraCYMFT July 10, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    Beautiful photos! The flower one is gorgeous!

  16. jenny paulin July 10, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    such beautiful photos Tas – bright and colourful and very eye catching. i used to enjoy taking B to a local farm, which has since shut down since i had J, and we used to love going once every few weeks to see the animals and feed them x

  17. HelpfulMum July 10, 2013 / 9:24 pm

    Beautiful pictures. I love the one of the guinea pig and the yellow of the flowers is incredibly vibrant.

  18. Fivegoblogging July 10, 2013 / 10:25 pm

    What stunning scenery!

  19. kelloggsville July 10, 2013 / 10:30 pm

    Fernado looks like a big boy! I used to love those toddler outing days too, so many great places to go.

  20. TheBoyandMe July 10, 2013 / 10:39 pm

    That sunflare is amazing, well done you for capturing it so well. Your camera and lens are brilliant, but not as good as you’re becoming!

  21. The Fool July 11, 2013 / 7:09 am

    Love that first photo, sounds like a great day out

  22. Katie @mummydaddyme July 12, 2013 / 4:18 pm

    Lovely photos and how nice is this good weather? Mads loves going to the local farm and so do I too! x

  23. Glenda Gee July 13, 2013 / 7:23 am

    What beautiful photos. I am sure you all enjoyed it.

  24. Gretta Schifano July 13, 2013 / 12:50 pm

    Farms are great for family days out – the one by us has a fabulous indoor play barn too, so you go there all year round.

  25. Coombemill - Fiona July 13, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    You do live in a beautiful place, the Play Farm sounds like an ideal place to spend the day and have lots of fun meeting the animals there. The photos are lovely and show what an idyllic location it is, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

  26. Funky Wellies July 13, 2013 / 3:47 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! It looks like a lovely afternoon. xx

  27. Kate @scattymumofboys July 13, 2013 / 5:25 pm

    Wow the scenery is stunning! I love farm parks too and am glad my two year old has more time for the animals than my boisterous three year old who just likes running about and climbing.

  28. Brinabird and Son July 13, 2013 / 9:30 pm

    The yorkshire dales are beautiful. I have family from there and used to visit when I was younger! Glad you were able to take the opportunity of the sunshine. My wee man loves animals but can get wary of getting too close too.

  29. sarah July 13, 2013 / 11:37 pm

    beautiful scenery. this weather is just incredible isnt it!

  30. Mummy of Two July 14, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    It can be hard work knowing how to keep them entertained sometimes isn’t it! I think outside time helps. Some gorgeous pictures.

  31. Damson Lane July 14, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    It looks like a wonderful place. I am the same, I love days out with my toddler as I get to basically be a big kid. You have some gorgeous photos too x

  32. Pinkoddy July 14, 2013 / 11:11 pm

    Those photos are so brilliant – the simple things in life. How lovely that you got to feed th cows as little Z was too scared.

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