Burning some rubber with the kids on the Santa Barbara waterfront!

With three children constantly at home it’s not easy to fit in exercise (well, not in the way I’d like – though I do get plenty of movement cleaning up after them and running around playing crazy games… and moving the wine glass to my mouth…).

This week, with friends visiting from New Zealand, we had the impetus to have some focused outdoor fun (especially since the older children were rather hooked on Minecraft gaming action and needed fresh air and sunshine more than they realised!).

We hired a few bikes down on the Santa Barbara waterfront, catching the last of the light before sundown and pedalled like crazy for a good half an hour.

Biking on the Santa Barbara waterfront

A gentle wind even got up, reminiscent of Wellington – where you’d almost always expect to be pedalling head on into the wind (and being blown along the other way). It was a blast and made us all feel so ‘alive’ (especially me – desperate for a little exercise!). Little Miss 3 loved sitting on the back seat of a double coupe, which I pedalled with the help of our New Zealand friend. My older girls pedalled independently (Miss 10 very relieved to not have to ride a pink bike… whilst Miss 7, on the other hand, couldn’t have been happier to have some ‘flower power’ to coordinate with her pink heeled boots!).

Pedal fun at sundown in Santa Barbara

It was a great end to the day, with the daylight fading all too fast in this winter season of short days, but leaving a beautiful scene for us to enjoy.

Sun down Santa Barbara



Linking up this post with other wonderful folk,
who also love outdoor fun with their children, at…

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. That looks absolutely brilliant – a perfect end to the day. You can see how much fun the kids are having, and getting some fresh air and exercise is just what everyone needs 🙂 Loving the different choices of bikes!

  2. That looks like such good fun and what wonderful weather you have there too. Beautiful photos. I hope you’re settling in alright. Was thinking about you the other day as I have post up that features the Tongariro Crossing! I hope you’re not missing NZ too much 🙂

    1. Thanks Charly, I’ll have to pop over and check out that post! I am missing NZ terribly, we all are – especially having had our NZ neighbours to stay for the last week and a half. Planning to head back to NZ to live by the end of next year, at this stage at least xx

  3. Wow I bet the kids were glad they left mindcraft in the end and were better for it too. Looks so beautiful there with the fading light, you were out in that same late afternoon light as we were on the beach, I think it is my favourite time of day. Thumbs up to the cycling and fresh air for all. Thanks for linking up to Country Kids.

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