There’s something that we can all agree on when it comes to the concept of a British summertime, and that is that you never know what you are going to get.
The weather forecast is debatable, and we all have brollies and sunglasses on us at all times. We moan when the sky is dark and the streets are pelted with rain, and we’re usually quite happy to whinge: “It’s too hot!”
But it makes me smile.
While we aren’t blessed with guaranteed scorchers, we have lush greenery as far as the eye can see, and, thanks to Peppa Pig, muddy puddles have never been more popular.
And House of Fraser understand that too – in the spirit of true British summertime, Bill was asked if he’d like to pick something to prepare himself for those rainy days. Because every day is special and we should make the most of it.
House of Fraser has so many gorgeous items to choose from, when it comes to littles, and so, when I saw that they had Hunters in stock, I knew exactly what to do.
I couldn’t decided between yellow and red. Yellow is my favourite colour, but everyone seems to have that pair, and Bill does seem to suit blue and red. In the end, yellow was out-of-stock in a size 6, so we went with red Hunter Kids’ Classic Welly*. And I’m really glad we did.
They are so bright and well-made and just wonderful. I’ve bought cheaper wellies in the past for Bill, and I didn’t realise there could be a difference. The rubber is supple and soft, he’s not going to be getting any blisters or discomfort, and they are really easy to get on and off. I chose a size 6, as Bill is between a 5 and 6 currently, and I know these will last him into the winter months too.
They are the sort of thing that I will keep for my future babies too. They’re too lovely not to.
To go with his bright, new wellies, I chose this Howick Junior Boy’s Quilted Jacket*. I love the blue, paired with a brown trim and the tartan lining. It’s so well-made and it’s smart too. I like the idea that we have a coat to keep him warm but looking nice, especially for any family events that may come up as the days turn colder again.
He loves this coat and I remember grinning as he ran his little hands down it when he first tried it on. It’s a little big at the moment – it’s a size 2-3 years and he’s only just two, but that’s nothing a good sleeve-rolling can’t solve. I like it when clothing lasts longer – they grow so quickly and I want to make sure everything gets well-used.
The past week has been full of sunshine, but Friday saw dark clouds draw in and before we knew it, the heavens had opened and the rain was pelting down. I arrived home from work and cringed as the rain hit our heads as we made our way inside.
Usually, we’d hide away and read books or play indoors. But we pulled those wellies on and did up the poppers on our coats and we went outside.
And this is something my boy hasn’t really done before. And I realised – I’d been keeping him from the rain. I’d been keeping him from splashing, stomping, catching raindrops on his tongue.
So we played.
And Bill learnt a lesson about the British summertime very quickly – slides and rain always equal a wet bottom!
He splished, he splashed, he sploshed. He put his hands in the puddles and really explored.
And so we took it to the streets in search of more puddles to jump in.
And it was probably one of the best evenings I’ve had in a long time.
Thank you House of Fraser, for making that happen.
*We were sent these items for the purpose of a review. We’re very lucky. We know. And we loved them.