One of the best things about exploring outdoors is finding the unexpected. A walk in one of our local bluebell woods was no exception. England has been rather wet this spring so the children donned on wellies and waterproofs as a matter of course. Though we were rather lucky as not only did it not rain, but the sun shone for us.
There is something very soul-warming about seeing bluebells. Great fun was had racing through pathways surrounded by hues of blue on either side. As interest waned in the bluebells attention then turned to the puddles – sloshing through them must be one the most universal childhood activities. My husband commented that perhaps we should visit a local stream so the children could do some proper sloshing.
|Kids in Wellies|
|Kids in stream|
A couple of moments later at the bottom of the wood, lo and behold, we came across a perfect stream about 4/5 inches deep. The children were in heaven and spent a good half an hour discovering how many sounds and different types of movements could be created between boots and water. We then followed the stream for a good ½ mile uphill pushing through the surrounding foliage. Simple pleasures. We never quite managed to find its source.
|Kids in the Woods|
It was one of those days that will be talked about ‘Do you remember the day we found that stream’ no thought of the bluebells. We will be returning.
That’s why I love exploring.