12th May 2017 – My birthday

It was my birthday and so B and I went for a lovely bike ride to Seaton in the evening for dinner, through the wetlands, where we saw lots of Rabbits.

Earlier in the day, B took E to the allotment with some visiting friends and Izzy went on a welly walk down to the field by the river with her class.

Total wild time – about 1 hour

10th February 2017 – A cold welly walk

I helped out at Izzy’s school welly walk this morning. The kids had been learning about capital letters, so they were set a task to find each letter of the alphabet, on number plates, road signs etc. Once at Road Green park, they were free to race around and climb trees as they wished. However, by this stage, Izzy was crying because she was so cold. Back at the school, they were promised hot chocolate to warm them up.

B took E out for a dog walk, but they turned back when E got cold.

Total wild time – 1 hour (Izzy), E – 30 mins

13th January 2017 – Welly walk and unexpected deer

IMG_0043I 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

25th November 2016 – Muddy Welly Walk

I joined Izzy’s class for a welly walk to the field by Chantry Bridge, where the children found the biggest, muddiest puddle they could and jumped in it. A couple of children fell in, one lost their welly and some of the adults weren’t wearing appropriate footwear, but it was all good fun.

Total wild time – about 1 hour (Izzy), 0 mins (E)

21st October 2016 – Garden spiders

IMG_20161021_142303635_HDRWhilst Izzy was at school and E was asleep, minded by B, I went to explore some new footpaths with the dog. I returned home hot and sweaty and stressed, after my dog was nipped by a farm dog, then vanished into the distance chasing pheasants, then, when she eventually returned, we were both chased by cows.

Later, E and I pottered around the garden looking at spiders and their webs and I saw the results of Izzy’s school welly walk when I went to collect her – they had collected natural objects, then used watercolours to match the colours they had found.

Total wild time: E – 15 mins, Izzy – 1 hour