We had a lovely outdoorsy kind of a day today, starting with a pony ride on Cracker and ending with time on the allotment, sowing our packet of free GrowWild wildflower seeds, digging up weeds, falling in nettles (Izzy) and picking flowers from Grandmum’s garden to brighten up our house.
Total wild time – 2 hours 40 mins
Today was pretty momentous, as Izzy decided that she wanted to remove the stabilisers from her bike. So, we went to The Byes in Sidmouth and explored the cycle trail there, which was busy with dog-walkers, cyclists and people in sports kit. The sounds of a rugby game and hockey match carried on the wind. Izzy was frustrated that she could not instantly master bike-riding and blamed me loudly and profusely for her failures. Despite her grumblings, she actually got the hang of it pretty quickly and with E on his balance bike, the kids wheeled along, through tunnels of Hazel trees. We heard a Green Woodpecker, stopped to watch a Grey Squirrel run along the fence and spotted a Rabbit hiding in a nearby field. By the time we retraced our steps, Izzy was starting to feel proud of herself and more confident in her ability.
Afterwards, I took Izzy pony-riding in the stunning autumn sunshine.
Total wild time – E – 1 hour 25 mins, Izzy – 3 hours
I had a lovely time with Izzy and pony Cracker after school. I can’t remember the last time the two of us actually had some time alone together. She was buzzing after a great week at school (including a welly walk, which was an extra hour of wild time today) and we had a nice chat as we plodded along the lanes in the chill air. We saw a couple of Buzzards fly from the trees above the lane into nearby hedgerow Oaks. A flock of raucous Rooks provided a momentary soundtrack, as did a singing Robin. I pointed out the strings of Black Bryony berries in the hedges and she enjoyed having a different view of the world from the back of a pony
Total wild time – Izzy – 1 hour 30 mins, E – 0
We met the animals on the farm of some friends and Izzy took their pony out for a spin in beautiful countryside. Then, we went to the Thelma Hulbert Gallery, where we made snakes out of beads made from Elder twigs. We all had a great time (especially B) using the saw to cut the beads, scraping the bark off and threading them onto pipe cleaners.
Total wild time – 4 hours