A Tree house with a difference
It was a rather chilly and frosty day, and everybody was a bit lacklustre about giving Jarvis his walk. We decided to hop in the car and go a little bit further afield, rather than doing one of our usual walks we do every day. As we set off, I reeled off some of our favourites, which were greeted with a resounding “NO”. After reciting a huge long list and still not getting answers I asked in despair “well where then?” To which the answer came – “here” with James pointing to a small layby with a forest track leading away from it.
By this stage I was done with arguing, it really didn’t look the most inspiring of walks and certainly wouldn’t have been my choice out of the list I read off. But it was somewhere different and I knew if I vetoed it I’d be fighting them along whichever choice I went with. So, we set off along the track.
The track started off just heading up the hillside and following the edge of the wood. It really wasn’t the most inspiring walk and I really had to bite my tongue and stop myself from saying “I told you so”, really the only thing stopping me was the fact that they were both actually walking nicely. Just as we were about to turn around and head back down hill to the car, the track levelled off and we reached a nice moorland plateau. We decided to push on a little bit more to see if we could get a good view over towards the Perthshire hills.
Soon the path came to an end and were greeted to a lovely view of snowy mountain tops and there in the midst of an empty moorland was one lonely tree. We couldn’t resist going for a better look and James ran off ahead. It wasn’t long before an excited James came racing back saying the tree had seats. I did wonder what on earth he was talking about but as I got nearer it became clear he was indeed right. It was obviously for stalking to give them a fantastic vantage point over the whole hillside.
Like all good mums, I sent dad up to test it out. It seemed sturdy enough and so we all had a go. Well the view was fantastic and the snowy mountain tops made it even more special. Our serendipitous discovery reminded us all, it’s good to take a risk and try new things every now again.
About the Author
About Me & Mine
James' family is James' (aged 7 months), daddy - Dominic, mummy - Helena and Jarvis the dog. We currently live in Norwich but head to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District as often as we can.
Before James was born we were a very active family doing lots of canoeing, hill walking, camping and snowboarding. Since having James we are determined that having a family and enjoying the outdoors are both possible. We are keen to make sure James can not only join in with our adventures, but that he will be happy and comfortable at the same time.
Favourite place in the world:
It's a tough choice but Arisaig on the West coast of Scotland gets our vote. With the whitest sand and bluest sea we've seen, you have to keep reminding yourself you're in Scotland rather than a tropical paradise. The views out towards the Small Isles and the Cuillins on Skye are stunning; it really is a magical place. With sea kayaks it's easy to find your own private beach - well apart from the odd otter (real ones rather than Spotty ones) and seal to share it with. It's definitely somewhere we plan to take James to as soon as possible.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
We are keen canoeists and love to get out on the water as much as possible - whitewater, flat water touring or sea kayaking; we're not fussed as long as it's wet. We are both qualified instructors and enjoy passing on our love of paddle sports to others at our local canoe club. We have already has our own little bow paddler in the making, James, out in the canoe and are looking forward to many more trips.
We also do a lot of walking. We get out everyday to visit our local woods and parks to walk our coker spaniel, Jarvis. When we get the chance though, we prefer something a bit more challenging and regularly visit the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lake District. James' dad Dom, is a qualified mountain leader and is keen to pass on these skils as soon as possible.