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
We were excited to wake up to falling snow, but sadly it didn’t settle. t took the kids to the newly refurbished playground at Road Green and they had a lovely time, until they got cold, which made walking home a challenge! Izzy had a horrible cough, so we decided that it was a good idea to spend the rest of the day recuperating at home.
Total wild time – 0 mins
After school, we went home to eat cake, then back out to the playground. There, our experience was rather marred by a grumpy old woman who held my children responsible when her grandson bumped his head on the roundabout. Despite this, the kids enjoyed playing on the slide and watching the tractors on the field – one with a trailer-full of bonfire material and one mowing the grass. As the sky turned orange, Izzy and I made patterns with fallen leaves and simultaneously tried to stop E from destroying them. The air was chilled by the time we left.
Total wild time – 1 hour 15 mins
We started the morning by admiring the sunrise, but between cooking and DIY and everything else, we didn’t manage anything wild today. I did take the kids to the playground with their bikes, so at least they were outdoors for an hour. E was very impressed by the boy on a scooter riding the ramps and Izzy did well for her second time without stabilisers. We found some lovely leaves of different colours and shapes around the swings and slides.
Total wild time – 1 hour
There was a massive thunder storm last night, which would have woken me up if I hadn’t already been suffering with insomnia. The rain continued to pour all day and with all of us full of cold, I didn’t fancy getting soaked. But, the kids were getting cabin fever, so I took advantage of a break in the rain, to put them in the car and drive to the playground. As we arrived, it started tipping down again. We waited for the worst to pass, then donned coats and headed to the playground, football in hand. We played for a while and the kids got thoroughly wet on the slides. We noticed the gulls and Cormorants flying overhead and that the cows were all lying down in the rain. When the heavens opened again, we ran for the car and as we pulled up at home, a rainbow appeared, apparently ending on our chimney.
Total wild time – 30 mins (not exactly wild, but outdoors at least)
It was a gorgeous morning to take E and the dog for a walk. There were birds, including Great Tits, singing, as if it was Spring. We passed an Ivy bush buzzing with bees, flies, hoverflies and wasps, which were all enjoying the strongly scented flowers.
After school, we took the kids to the playground in Seaton and there was a dramatic drop in temperature, with a sea mist rolling in.
Total wild time – 30 mins
The storm clouds were brewing as we enjoyed the lovely nature-themed playground in Seaton, which is complete with sculptures of fossils and microscopic life. The wind was rustling the leaves of the Poplar trees and E lay on the basket swing, looking at the sky, confused by the complete cloud cover.
In the Jurassic Centre, we had a great time looking for prehistoric animals in the time machine, trying on all the sea creature costumes, playing the magnetic fishing game and making waves. In the wildlife garden, we found a cool, hairy caterpillar (which I have yet to identify).
Total wild time – 1 hour 45 mins