One of our yearly autumn traditions is to spend time at our local community orchard picking apples and pears. I find it such a lovely activity because the orchard is always so quiet and the girls just love learning about the names and different varieties of apple. Although yesterday was definitely more of a late … Continue reading Autumn Adventures – Apple Picking
Ah Spring! The most welcome time of year, after a long, dark and cold winter, there's no better feeling than the onset of Spring. The days get longer, outdoors suddenly becomes colourful again, spring flowers begin to emerge, the weather becomes milder and most people, myself included begin to feel happier, more positive. It's fantastic! … Continue reading 7 Fantastic Ideas for Getting Outdoors in Spring
My girls, age 5 & 2, had until this Winter, never played in the snow. The last decent snowfall we had, here in the Midlands, was in January 2013, when Banana was around 9 months old. We took her out to touch it and look at her world turned white, but she obviously doesn't remember. … Continue reading Playing in a Winter Wonderland.
A list of the things we plan to accomplish as a family in Winter 2018.
We probably have a fire in our garden most weekends. We love it, especially in the autumn, that smoky, earthy wood scent. The dancing flames, perfectly hypnotic, helping your to unwind and de stress after a hectic week. Amongst other things, Mr W. is a woodworker, so we have lots of wood off cuts to … Continue reading Building a campfire- an exercise in family bonding.
There is something about going out and hunting for natural treasures that really appeals to kids. Despite the simplicity of the activity, children seem to get so excited about searching through the carpet of fallen, crunchy leaves to find that spiky green shell, and ultimately the shiny, regal nut within. Or getting a big stick … Continue reading We’re going on a conker hunt, we’re going to find a big one!
Ok, so anyone who knows me, or reads my blog, knows that I am a huge advocate of playing outdoors, whatever the weather. I very much believe that as long as you and your children are wearing suitable clothing and protection, then there is no need to stay cooped up inside. There is a whole … Continue reading Playing in the Autumn Rain
Hi all, As it's now September, and despite all those protests of people desperately clinging onto the last remnants of a summer that never really materialised, I have decided we'd begin on our Autumn activities. Isn't it just the most beautiful time of year? The golden hues, the low sparkling light, the crunching and cracking … Continue reading Let’s go Apple Picking – Tick.
When I was a child (not all that long ago!) my weekends were spent outdoors...all day, whatever the weather. These days, for various reasons, kids don't spend as much time outdoors. This makes me feel sad for my girls. My happiest childhood memories were outside, I don't want them to miss out on the joys … Continue reading Climb Trees -Tick!
This year I have discovered the absolute joy that is Community Orchards, and the only thing I don't like is how there aren't more of them around!?! What a wonderful idea; an area that a community jointly prunes and cares for and that everyone benefits from. Fantastic! (I sound like such a lefty! haha!) In … Continue reading Pick Seasonal Fruit (Part 2- Apple Picking) -Tick!