Went over the the Black Country Boating Festival at the weekend. As always i had my trusty handheld device and did some filming. Met some lovely people there. Decent weather and lovely day out with the family. Shoutout to Tidy Andy & his lovely wife who put me onto the event! Check out his blog here
Find out more about the bcbf here
Two little Toddlers had their first ever camping experience in the back garden this weekend. One loved it, the other didn’t much rate the darkness… but suffice to say fun ensued. Great to have the grandparents pitching in too ( pun intended)
Today we made a mini- camp fire in the garden. It was Nash & Zori’s first time trying toasted marshmallows and chocolate bananas. I think fun was had :o)
Phew! went to bed at 1am woke up at 3: 30am to catch the sunrise at Beacon Hill in the Lickey Hills Country Park!! Well worth it! Its a shame my iPhone couldn’t quite capture it, you had to be there, check out the 2 min vid anyway!! see if you can spot the moon.
Today Zori made some ice-cream!
Nashe has a very vivid imagination. Stories are his favourite thing ever! Today he and his Mom collaborated on a wild tale. It got a bit morbid at the end…
Today we went for a little excursion to Deers Leap Wood. One word to describe it would be jungle -istic. We made a mobile, climbed on logs and squeezed through the undergrowth. This site is one that is still very much a work in progress but well worth visiting for the mellifluous birdsong alone!!
Today was a challenge, hayfever was overpowering itchy eyes, sniffles, sneezing, lethargy, ear irritations and more. Aaaaargh!! Still managed to get down to our local canal for a short spell. We hopped over a stile and sat down to read awhile when a farmer and his wife set upon us! They thought we were teenagers gathering to enjoy some weed. We used the opportunity to preach about the Challenge. One is still feeling pretty ill, so will sign of now.
I must admit today was a bit of a random one. Having been away working the whole day I was beat. Was feeling a bit random today, can you tell? Nashe came up with his own game where he lined a gang of leaves together and then went on to race them!! he called it leaf racing, what an imaginative little mind.
Today was a lot of creative fun in the Mud, with special visitors! Nashe and Zori’s Aunt Pauline, Aunt Laura and cousin Lisa!! ps. Nashe Lost his first milk tooth today…
More Shennanigans in our wet garden today
Today was a wet and grim one. We decided to get into the garden and see if we could find things that live under rocks.
Today the famalam did some nice calm flower pressing.
Today we went outside and made some pinwheels. We drew some attention with our peculiar ways. Some kids asked & we used the chance to spread the word about the 30 day challenge. So hey guys if you’re reading this Hey up!
Today we visited one of our local Nature Reserves. Moseley Bog and Joy’s Wood. It is said to have inspired Tolkein in his imagining of the battles in the Lord of the Rings!! It was so lush and green and all the while just a stones throw away! who knew. We simply traipsed about and enjoyed the wildness of it all and then we made some leaf crowns!
Sarah & I have never spent a night away from our two kids, Zori (2) Nashe (4). For our 10th Wedding Anniversary, we left them with their grandparents and headed off for the Cotswolds for the weekend.This was our mini -adventure!! To see more about our 30Days Wild Experience check out http://thereallarashoe.wordpress.com, also see http://www.holycombe.com for the place we went.
Today we got a bit carried away. The job was to find bugs but we were distracted by cheeky squirrels ducks swans geese, and ice-cream. Weather was great out in Merry ol’ Edgbaston.
Today was Den Building Day. I can’t remember when I last built one! It was a family team effort today out in the Lickey Hills. Check out our time-lapse to see how we got on! to read more about it check out https://thereallarashoe.wordpress.com
So my little family have signed up to the Wildlife Trust’s challenge! The idea is to do something nature-oriented every day in June.
Admittedly I am quite the city boy, but I am really psyched! I love being out in nature & spending some quality time with Sarah, Nashe and Zori is always ace.
Growing up I remember looking wistfully out the window. (always during math class) Wishing badly to get out on the rugby pitch to play. Years later, living in London, it was crushing to see not a blade of grass in sight at our local primary school. A small concrete playground to rough and tumble in made me cringe. So I’m always game when it comes to getting more nature in our lives!
I plan to video as much of our experience as I can. here’s something I put together on my iPhone in preparation. enjoy!
If you want to be a part of it check out http://wtru.st/30DWfilm