I was recently inspired by an article I read about how we are now raising our children in captivity - this notion really struck a chord with me - perhaps because of my own upbringing in the sprawling concrete jungle of Hong Kong, or perhaps because sometimes it just is 'easier' to turn on the TV and let your kids while away their childhood.
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After the success of our 18-mile walk in February, I began to think about other big adventures that James and I might have together during one week of the summer holidays.
One thing we always like to do at this time of year is to go and see the trees in all their autumn glory. I wrote something similar this time last year, but am unashamedly going to say it again: if you haven’t yet been for an autumn walk amongst the leaves, then you really should go now.
About six months ago, when it was still winter, James and I took part in a sponsored hill walk. If I’m honest, I don’t normally go in for this sort of thing as I prefer the hills to myself, but it was in a beautiful landscape, James was keen, and it was for a good cause.
The start of a New Year always makes me want to get outside and blow away the cobwebs.
I decided that the next thing we would rustle up on the Mini Trangia would be courgette fritters. These fitted the bill as something tasty and nutritious that would cook quickly and required a high heat. They’re also quite easy to make.
We have been very busy over the past few weeks. We’ve got an allotment!
Batsford Arboretum is a firm favourite with our Little Trekkers. More compact than Westonbirt and Stourhead, it has an intimate and welcoming atmosphere, and you really do feel at liberty to wander amongst the trees. Set on a hillside with superb views over the surrounding countryside, it’s a fantastic setting.
Another place we like to go – especially in the autumn – is the National Trust estate at Stourhead, a magnificent landscaped water garden.
The first thing the boys wanted to do as soon as school broke up for the summer was to camp out in the garden. If you haven’t done this, you really should give it a try. It’s dead easy and, while it might not sound that exciting to you, to the children it’s a real adventure.
After our impromptu Dorset fossil beach experience it was time to return to schedule on the next day. Back on track for the Little Trekker & Co!