Mar 04

Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids, Part 1: Presents for Green-Fingered and Nature-Loving Kids

Baby Beth has just turned one. In the run-up to her birthday I had the usual researching frenzy for outdoorsy gifts as well as ideas for generous friends and family asking for present inspiration. We eventually opted for a convertible trike that goes from parent-guided push-along to a fully toddler powered set of wheels. Beth …

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Feb 28

Amongst the Swyncombe snowdrops

From several feet of of powdery, crisp snow back to a greeny-brown drizzly mush. Returning to the UK from Switzerland last week was a bit of a shock to the system, even if it is quite nice not to have to take half an hour to dress the girls before venturing out the door! Patrolling …

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Feb 14

Hello from the snow!

This time last week I was feeling rather relieved at having a) made it past the Swiss Airlines’ check-in scales after numerous repacking attempts and b) arrived safely in Zurich after flying solo with aforementioned neo-scalebusting luggage, a 3 year-old and a baby. All without, I hasten to add, losing any bags or children. The …

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Jan 28

Walking the National Trails in Family Friendly Sections

There’s nothing like a long distance walking challenge for seeing the best of the UK countryside and giving you a goal to motivate you into your walking boots. The UK has some fantastic National Trail as well as hundreds of slightly shorter trails criss-crossing the land, all of which you can find the official details …

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Jan 24

Introducing #walkit365

This week, whilst out on the regular potter with Roo and Baby Beth, I have also been doing some plotting. I’m not a great one for New Year’s resolutions of the traditional kind but I am quite fond of a challenge. This year I fancied something to help motivate me …

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Jan 23

Florida for Active Families: 10 things to do in Florida other than Disney!


Florida is the archetypal place for a family holiday. With its sandy beaches, theme parks and endless sunshine, not to mention Disneyland and the Kennedy Space Centre, it is not difficult to see why so many families flock there every year.

Now I’m a big fan of sunshine, particularly …

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Jan 21

Wildlife Wednesday: Building a bird hide

With the Big Garden Bird Watch 2015 nearly upon us (not signed up yet? Check out this post…) and with Roo eager to give her brand new red Christmas binoculars a thorough test run, it has been all about the birds in this house recently. Last weekend we took it one step further and …

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Jan 13

Challenge yourself: UK walking challenges and charity walks.

Walking is a fantastic past-time  – a great, non-competitive form of outdoor exercise that allows contemplation, exploration and adventure. Every now and then though it’s nice to add in a bit of spice and setting yourself a challenge. One way of doing that is to join an organised event as an individual or team and …

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Jan 09

Windy Day Crafts: Making a windsock

With two huge weather systems moving into the UK this weekend, the Daily Mail is unsurprisingly getting very excited about wind, snow and a meteorological end of the world, metaphorically speaking. Or perhaps not. It is the Daily Mail after all. For us though that means the chance to make the most of the …

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Jan 07

Wildlife Wednesday: RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2015

It’s chilly outside and the bird feeders are busier than ever. That must mean one thing – it’s time for the Big Garden Bird Watch again!

Every year the RSPB coordinates a community effort to survey which feathered visitors are visiting our gardens and to track trends in growth or …

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