Outdoor fun

Jessica, Sophie and C splashing in the stream

60 ideas for summer holiday activities

Each summer, we put together a list of summer holiday activities that we would like to do together. It’s always a mix of simple activities with a couple of bigger…

Sophie holding a buff tip moth, a white ermine moth and two dark arches moths

#30DaysWild 2021 – Week 4

Our fifth #30DaysWild has now come to an end. We’ve enjoyed joining in again. As with previous years, it’s encouraged us to take a closer look and we’ve learned new…

A bee on a red clover

#30DaysWild 2021 – Week 3

We’re now three-quarters of the way through this year’s #30DaysWild and have been enjoying getting outdoors and learning more about wildlife and nature. We tend to come up with our…

A banded demoiselle damselfly on Sophie's hat

#30DaysWild 2021 – Week 2

We’re now more than halfway through this year’s #30DaysWild, a challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts encouraging people to do one ‘random act of wildness’ each day in June. This…

A rainbow of rhododendron flowers

#30DaysWild 2021 – Week 1

My favourite thing about June is taking part in #30DaysWild, a challenge run by The Wildlife Trusts encouraging people to do one ‘random act of wildness’ each day in June.…

Sophie finding Easter eggs in Grandma's garden with Thomas looking on

Easter Sunday fun: an egg hunt and learning to ride a bike without stabilisers

It was so good over the Easter weekend to be able to meet up with family living locally thanks to the relaxing of restrictions allowing groups of six, or two…

Thomas standing by the mud kitchen holding a tray

Messy outdoor play with our new mud kitchen

A mud kitchen has been on my mental wish list for the garden for a little while now, particularly after watching Sophie have so much fun with the mud kitchens…

Sophie throwing a fake snowball at Thomas

Fun with fake snow

We’ve been lucky to have snow a couple of times so far this winter. We always have to make the most of it when we do get it though as…

Snowflakes on a red background

Snow day fun: spotting snowflakes

On the few occasions we get snow in the winter, it tends to be the wet kind of snow that is just right for snowball fights and making snowmen. This…

A bucket and sand toys on the snow

Making the most of the snow: seven snow-day activities

Sophie has been longing for snow since December. It doesn’t snow very often where we are though, which has been disappointing for her. Last Sunday, the snow finally made an…