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Black Country Boating Festival 2015

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

Kings Norton Canal Festival 2015

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Went to a local brum treat of a festival. The Kings Norton Festival. There was music and there were vendors but I was particularly drawn to the canal where a different easy Sunday morning vibe was in full swing. Got to chatting to the traders on the canal. Quite the alternative lifestyle requiring the paradox that is being very organised and industrious as well as being easy going. A life of travel and constant change!

The lovely Helen of Wildside Preserves gave us a jar of her award winning Strawberry & Raspberry jam  with Raspbery Gin, yum! It was cool having a bit of banter with these awesome tradespeople who float about from town to town selling their wares. CHECK OUT THE VIDEO!!

BANDS BEACONS AND BEES!!

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Today was a lot of fun, we went to Walsall’s Annual Music Festival, Bands on the Beacon.
Tired from camping Shennanigans, and with a poor weather outlook it looked like we might just stay indoors. Somehow we managed to get our togs on and venture forth! We were pleasantly surprised by the Sun popping out and arriving a festival in full swing! Oh and did I mention Nashe got to hang out with the Sherlocks who gave him his first set of Drumsticks!! Legends. check out their music here http://thesherlocksmusic.co.uk/

30 Days Wild : Day 16 Reading in the Wild

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oday 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.

30 Days Wild Day 15: Leaf Rubbing

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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.

30 Days Wild Day 9: In the BOG!

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30 Days Wild Days 5-7: Sleeping in a Tree!!

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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.

30 Days Wild Day 4: On my jack jones

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IMG_7175Today was a quick one. Was away from my little family with  work in the Edgbaston region and had to cheekily grab a few moments for todays post as I am determined to be consistent! (Tangent alert!)
Did you know that according to UK stats boys perform better in exam situations than they do at coursework. Girls vice versa.
I say that to say if I become sporadic in the posting of content at any point, its really not my fault, I’m just a boy… 

3O DAYS WILD CHALLENGE!

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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