After visiting friends in the morning, we loaded the bikes into the car and headed to one of our favourite places – Seaton Wetlands. There, we followed the Rainbow Trail and did the activities, such as being quiet and listening to the sounds of the wild (wind in the trees, distant traffic and several different types of bird song), throwing leaves and stones into the stream to see whether they floated or sank and finding leaves of different shapes. There were a couple of Rabbits right next to the path (although I totally failed to get a photo), Oystercatchers and Shelducks on the marsh and Swallows zooming around in the sky. The hedges were filled with Roses.
Total wild time – 1 hour 30 mins
We braved the rain for E’s favourite event of the year – Colyton tractor run. His excitement remained right up to the passing by of the 119th tractor (Izzy helpfully counted them). After this, we had a very relaxed day and did very little else, so no wild time was had.
Total wild time – 0 mins
B was talking about Growing Beer at the River Cottage Spring Food Fair today, so we tagged along for a day out. River Cottage HQ is in a gorgeous location and was looking very pretty with flowers blooming and lambs in the fields. We spent a long time queuing for the kids to be face painted, but the time passed by watching birds of prey flying overhead and eating pizza. Next, we went to listen to B’s talk, but he threw us out as E was being too noisy! After some veggie curry (which the kids declared delicious – annoying, as they would have refused to have touched it if I’d made it) and bubble-chasing, my brother, who works in the gardens there, showed us around the pigs, chickens, cows and lambs. The kids adored the animals, so next on the itinerary was a donkey ride, followed by tea and cake, playing in a mud kitchen, crafting and then walking an alpaca. The day finished by a tractor ride back to the car park – possibly E’s highlight of the whole day.
Wild Time – (not really wild but outdoors and in the countryside) 6 hours
We took the kids to the allotment with that total disillusionment we always have, which is that they will behave themselves and happily play as we garden. What actually happened was E stood all over my tiny beetroot plants, almost knocked B out with a hoe, messed about with bamboo canes despite being repeatedly told to put them down and generally made it impossible to do anything. At one point, a farm cat walked past with a baby Rabbit in its mouth. We picked some Broad Beans and Elderflowers and later, E really enjoyed helping me to pod the beans. Despite this, neither child would eat the Broad Bean fritters I made for dinner.
Total wild time – about 1 hour 30 mins
The weather was stunning, so it seemed like a good idea to go to the beach. We went to Lyme and as the tide was well out, we took the opportunity to explore the rock pools. We found some sea squirts, anemones and one crab. There was a huge diversity of seaweed. Then, we played in the waves and whilst B watched the kids, I went for a swim in the surprisingly warm water. We sat on the sand with the intention of making sand castles, but by this point, the kids had started whingeing. The salt seemed to be irritating E’s skin, who suffers from eczema and Izzy had got a bit cold. So, we headed back to the car, past all the very tempting ice cream stalls.
Total wild time – 1 hour 50 mins
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky for Izzy’s school’s Maypole Dancing in the church grounds. Everyone slapped on the suntan lotion and enjoyed a cream tea, whilst the children threw flower petals onto the grass and wove ribbons around the Maypole.
After school, we headed into Seaton, to paddle in the lovely cool sea, where rafts of seagulls bobbed. As the tide turned and started to come in, I took the opportunity to teach Izzy about the influence of the moon on the tides.
A great end to the term!
Total wild time – about 1 hour on the beach
I spent about 5 hours on the allotment, getting hot and bothered and sunburnt. The Broad Beans are doing well and I picked some Elderflowers, but my best harvest was of Horsetail, which I will use to make a hair rinse. B looked after E, who was exhausted after a nursery trip to the firestation.
Total wild time – 0 mins
E and I took Bramble for a walk and noticed all the flowers in the hedgerows, including Honeysuckle.
Total wild time – about 1 hour
It was a gorgeous day for pony riding – the Foxgloves and Buttercups were flowering and the sky was blue, but Izzy’s heart was not in it. Still upset about Aunty Lenny going home and apparently shattered, she was miserable.
Total wild time – Izzy 2 hours, E 0 mins