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
Whilst Izzy and B had a daddy-daughter day in Exeter, E and I went to visit Grandmum. Later, we had a quick visit to the beach, to sit and eat ice lollies, whilst trying not to freeze ourselves. E played with his digger and dumper truck, whilst Izzy and I piled up pebbles.
Total wild time – about 40 mins
We started the day at Seaton Wetlands, where the kids scooted and biked to the Discovery Hut. We had come to see the captive Harvest Mice and the Kestrel nest box cam. Afterwards, we drove to Lyme Regis, where we played on the sandy beach. Izzy delighted in digging a ‘Daddy pit’, which we covered with a towel and encouraged B to sit on. We paddled in the sea, where, weirdly, a goose was hanging about. Then, we built a course for some golf-balls, like a giant marble run, before E trashed it with a toy digger.
There was then a lot of whingeing and so we set off for home, where the kids changed out of their wet, sandy clothes, before going to Grandmum and Grandad’s house, where Izzy made a butterfly out of Hazel twigs and they both did pastel drawings. We found zillions of Slow-worms under some roofing felt in the garden.
Total wild time – about 4 hours
We had a lovely, sunshiny day, starting with an event at Seaton Wetlands called Birdwatching for Children. We didn’t see the Fox that E was desperate to spot, but we did see Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls, Moorhens and my personal highlight, a Common Sandpiper. Through the telescope we spied on nesting Herons and although E was a bit noisy and over-excited, both kids enjoyed themselves.
After Tesco, a picnic and playing in the playground, we went home to potter around the garden, before heading out again to the dentist. Then, when B finished work, we took Bramble for a walk at Seaton Hole. There was hardly anybody else about, the sea was blue and calm and it was all pretty idyllic.
Total wild time – 2 hours at least
OK, so not really wild time, but we had a lovely trip on the bus to Seaton, where we played dinosaur crazy golf, visited the playground and cactus house, ate a picnic lunch and then had an ice-cream on the beach.
Total wild time – 2 hours
We had friends to stay, so after Izzy’s zumba show, we went to Coast, a cafe next to the beach in Seaton and the kids had a kit kat and milkshake. Not exactly wild, but the view was nice!
Total wild time – 0 mins
Izzy and E enjoyed finding crab parts on Budleigh Salterton Beach and drawing on stones with other stones. Then, we had a competition to knock over pebble towers by lobbing stones at them. We ate fish and chips watching the sea.
Total wild time – 1 hour
It was a gorgeous, sunny morning, so E and I ate our lunch in the garden, noticing the buds growing on the apple trees and a pair of Jackdaws sliding down the thatched roof of the house opposite.
After school, we dragged a reluctant Izzy out to the beach for a dog walk. The waves were crashing against the pebbles, as we practised Parkrun, by jogging along the promenade. We took the steep steps up the cliff to walk back through the park, then kept Izzy happy by buying her a drink and a Kitkat in Coast cafe.
Total wild time – just over 1 hour
It was a gorgeous winter’s morning for an excursion to Burton Bradstock (autocorrect keeps changing that to Breadstick!) We hit the beach, which was flanked by golden, overhanging cliffs to the right and slumping, charcoal-grey cliffs to the left. Bramble chased seaweed, whilst Izzy collected ‘sea pearls’ (semi-transparent pebbles) and E ran around. It was all going so well, until E fell in the surf and soaked his trousers. We had to abort our trip and return to the car for a change of clothes.
Total wild time – 40 mins
I accompanied Izzy’s class for a chilly welly walk to a muddy field next to the river. Izzy, having refused point blank to wear gloves, hat, scarf, or woolly socks, was freezing and miserable by the time we returned to the school.
Later in the day, I had a brain wave and decided that after school, we would go to Seaton, buy hand warmers and take the dog for a walk on the beach at Beer, before heading to Peco for soft play. On the way to Seaton, I pointed out a Roe Deer in a field near the wetlands. The hiking/outdoor shop didn’t stock hand warmers (obviously!) so we set off for Beer without them. The road was shut though, so we took a diversion. By this time it was getting late and the sun was starting to set. We were excited when we spotted a little bit of snow on the ground and even more excited when three Roe Deer ran in front of the car, one after the other, giving us a lovely close-up view, before vanishing back into the woods. It was almost dark by the time we got to Beer, so instead of getting the kids out and kitted up, B jumped out and gave the dog a quick blast on the beach, whilst we stayed in the car, watching the sun set. E didn’t get his wild time, but he didn’t mind, as he got to go to soft play instead.
Total wild time – Izzy – 1 hour, E – 0 mins