Signs of Life Returning

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Signs of Life Returning

That’s how it feels so far this March – beautiful sunny, almost warm, days interspersed with howling gales and snow. But each time spring raised its head we spotted it, grabbed it and rushed outside to explore all the emerging life creeping out from under stones, bursting from ponds and pushing through the earth.

little frog

Frogs are a huge attraction for our little Trekkers at the moment, with frogspawn and tadpoles at various local ponds and a rescued tub of tadpoles now resident with us. Every day Ramona rushes out to check on their growth…new gills? New tails? Nearly, nearly a leg or two?! It takes a bit longer than she was anticipating I think! Still, it keeps the suspense going. Apparently boiled lettuce is their domestic food of choice – culinary delights I can actually prepare!

A stolen sunny walk last week brought fascination with frog cycles to fever pitch when not one but two frogs hopped into our paths – a real ‘wow’ factor moment. We also collected hazel poles on our walk which Ramona then helped me saw into strips for Forest School fishing rods.


Eomer has a tendency to whack any standing water with the nearest biggest stick or to stir vigorously, so as a lure away from the tadpole tub, I set up a second water play station on the decking and it was so lovely to have a warm moment to appreciate water fun again in less than 5 layers of clothing…from tadpole gazing, to fishing rods, to simple pouring and splashing, all favourites all year around.

cutting sticks

Springtime for us is bubbles, daffodils, primroses, frogs and nesting birds - and the wonderful sound of messy play outside. Signs of life emerging from indoors, here’s our sunny moment – grabbed and adored!

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Ruth Lively-Masters

Ruth Lively-Masters

About Me & Mine

Having lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children: Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield.

Favourite place in the world:

Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list.

Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!

Favourite things to do outdoors:

Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons.

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