Now that Tyler Lee is a bit older he craves getting out of the house and running as fast as he can around a big open space, unfortunately I don't know many places in our area where he can run for miles without running onto a road or being distracted by the people he sees around him so the woods always seems like a great option for him. During the week I took him to the big woods on our island that winds down to a strand on the shore. It's such a peaceful spot and even though we didn't quite make it down to the shoreline (it's a very steep hill on the way back up!) we both enjoyed it nonetheless. Tyler Lee was very apprehensive when we got to the woods, I'm thinking that the darkness and all the trees spooked him a bit and all he wanted was to be carried. Having reassured him all was okay he was happy to walk along with me hand in hand and I have to admit it was the greatest thing ever. He soft little hand clasping onto mine was the best feeling, it made me remember that he's still so small, with fears he can't explain to me and he needs me more than he even knows, I love that I'm his safe haven when anything goes wrong and he needs guidance and a cuddle.
We strolled hand and hand down the winding paths of strewn, multi-coloured leaves and I was surprised to see that the paths were already sprinkled with conker cases and horse-chestnut leaves - autumn has most certainly arrived early this year! I was half inclined to pick them up and make knocking conkers out of them but I think it's just too early yet, we'll definitely be doing that come late September though. Finally Tyler Lee mustered up the courage to run ahead of me when we reached the light, grassy areas, he was observing all the different types of leaves and grasses and was a joy to watch, he really is a nature lover! We're so incredibly lucky to have places like this to visit and living in Ireland everything is so green. As you can see from the pictures above there are so many shades of green everywhere and it's so lush, overgrown, wild and beautiful all at the same time.
On the way back up the hill from our trek we stopped at a fallen tree to sit down for awhile. He chatted away to me in his own language all excited about his tale, I knew he was happy with his little adventure. I also took this moment to capture some beautiful pictures of him looking up in awe at the trees trying to figure out where the sweet birdsong was coming from. I loved the look in his eyes at that moment, they were filled with such wonder and longing to learn. It's amazing to think what the world must be like for a toddler, all the unknown, all the funny looking surroundings and creatures they can encounter on a daily basis but not yet know what they are. I'm so glad he loves the great outdoors and I'm even gladder that I get to be his guide in the world at this most precious time of his life.