We’d been waiting for an opportunity to climb Ben A’an, a ‘small hill’ in the Trossachs overlooking Loch Katrine, but we were cursed with low cloud and damp, uninspiring weather. It takes weather that is unsafe – rather than merely unpleasant – to put me off climbing a hill, but it seems silly to make the children toil up a hill when there’s no prospect of a view from the top.
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This blog post is about six months overdue and I blame my phone for that! Do you sometimes take photos that disappear down a black hole, or end on a card somewhere, or are left behind in some digital storage?
It was a glorious day in the mountains and we wanted the little dude to experience them properly and fortunately I knew the perfect walk for it. It was -6 but the sun was beating down so with factor 50, sunglasses, down jackets and snowboots on Jasper and I headed out for a day on the mountain.
The early spring half-term week off school can be a bit of an anticlimax - you start off full of good intentions to get out and about whether it’s foggy, rainy, icy or snowy, but it soon gets tricky to persuade the smalls to get out and about when it’s just the same old scenery you’ve visited lots of times before and at least one of them is just a little bit too poorly to go exploring much further afield.
I have noticed a recurring theme in my posts, that being the weather. It seems that this very British of obsessions has followed me into the Alps and I find it hard not to mention at least a passing comment on the days weather......it really does shape our outdoor world!
To be honest, getting the kids out for a dog walk can be brutally tough at times. We know that once they're out they have the best time, enjoying the freedom of the open countryside, the excitement of playing in the woods, and simply getting as muddy as possible. They, however, don't seem to remember that and can put up an almighty battle.
I took up running last year so that I have the energy and speed to keep up with my growing minxes! I reluctantly need to incorporate some hills in my training, so wanted to recce some short-ish hills with a bit of a track on them that weren’t paved super-highways. A quick check of the OS map brought up a place I’ve wanted to explore with the girls for a while, now: the Caterthuns.
It's been a funny mix of weather recently, hard to predict what you're going to get! We headed to Longshaw Estate to get some fresh air and found ourselves driving into the car park with snow on the ground.
What can I say, our little trekker loves the swings and part of our daily routine is to walk to the park and let our little adrenaline junky get his fix. On this particular rainy Friday afternoon the heavens opened and although he had been cooped up all day I wasn’t sure it was a good idea to go out.
Another place we really like to visit during ‘Snowdrop Season’ is Colesbourne Park in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. It opens for just ten days each year to allow people to admire the snowdrops. We didn’t manage to go last year, and so we were determined to make up for it this year.
As we head for the final countdown until the new wild brown trout season starts - in just 16 days - it's about time to relive the final day of the last season! How could we forgot to document here on Little Trekkers!
In NE Scotland, schools still get 2 weeks off in October that in times past were to allow schoolchildren to help harvest potatoes from the fields, hence the name Tattie Holidays. They’re probably my favourite school holiday because Aberdeenshire bursts into colour at this time of year. So as usual we spent most of it exploring some of the woods around and about. As fellow Ambassador Jennie said in her latest post, often the best walks are the unplanned ones – most of those October days we just pulled on our wellies, grabbed a windproof raincoat, jumped in the car, and headed to one of our favourite spots.