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Just One Crab, Please

  Crabbing is a favourite activity in our household.    It ranks above going to the beach and even better than a trip fossil hunting.  We have crabbed on the River Dart in Devon, on the Dorset coast and in Emsworth, West Sussex.  It’s a lovely coastal activity, combining the outdoors, wildlife and anticipation as to […]

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A Perfect Day Outdoors – Helped by a Trail with Sticks

What’s your idea of a perfect day outdoors?  Often it depends on your mood, invariably the weather plays an important part and it is usually very difficult to please everybody. Well last weekend we came as close to perfect as possible.  Thank you weather for performing for once.    Thank you also to The National Trust […]

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Children’s Playgrounds and Outdoor Gyms

  What happens?  When our children are small toddlers, pre-school and perhaps up to the age of 5/6 we spend hours with them in the local playgrounds.  They are regular venues, with picnics on summer days and winter visits when the weather is dry.  Once they start school and weekday time is pre-allocated the family […]

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Autumn Leaf Hopscotch

The autumn leaves in the south of the UK have been wonderful this year.  I have been seeing fantastic artwork, collages and patterns made from leaves.  This weekend a brief chat with my 7 year old about what use we could put some of the many leaves in our garden led to a eureka moment.  […]

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Bluebells, Wellies and A Surprise in the Woods

Bluebell Wood 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 […]

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