Articles tagged with: woodland

Moody & Magnificent Beecraigs Forest

Moody & Magnificent Beecraigs Forest

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After our recent trip to the Isle of Mull we tagged on another few days to spend some time near Linlithgow to see a Jousting event organised by Historic Environment Scotland. It was another one of those 'really want to do one-day' events that had not happened for many years. So when we were south of Inverness anyway - well it made sense to keep going! (That's Highlander logic for you)

Should Rain Stop Play?

Should Rain Stop Play?

I don’t know about your Little Trekkers, but mine have all reached an age when they care deeply about the aesthetics of the clothes they wear rather than how they function. The right logo or fashionable shape of hood is suddenly more important than whether a jacket is waterproof (!) Naively I’d believed that, bar a couple of years when Mini refused to wear anything non-purple, that they’d be immune to the whims of fashion. Silly me!

Not Going Out

Not Going Out

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Jon and I have been spending weekends outdoors with the minxes for 11 years now. You’d think that by now the girls would be quite accustomed to spending all day outside, going on long walks, exploring and having adventures. You would, wouldn’t you? Alas no. We generally spend our weekends trying hard to persuade 3 girls to set foot outside for ‘just a few minutes’ when they’d much rather loaf around reading. Then arguing with them. Then ordering them outdoors. I hang my head in shame, but I’m sure I’m not alone.

Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)

Autumn Tryptych (Part 1)

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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.

An Ice Day Out

An Ice Day Out

After a rather mild and often wet Christmas, the arrival of a really cold spell caused great excitement in our house. When I announced that it was minus 6 degrees and suggested we go out and find some ice, the boys couldn’t get out of the house fast enough.

Basin Fishing

Basin Fishing

I realised after my last post that you might have been wondering why Maxi had taken a plastic washing up basin with her on our walk around the burn and the woods. Well, it’s because we discovered on a recent walk that a light-coloured basin was much better for observing water-creatures than a fishing net, both in terms of not disturbing the creatures, as well as speed, ease and visibility:

Our very own Twigloo

Our very own Twigloo

In our local community woodland we have a 'twigloo' - much admired recently rebuilt - and getting a bit small now for Corwin. It has long been our plan to build our very own twigloo on the croft and so when we had a rather quiet Sunday afternoon ahead of us recently we decided this was the time to finally have a go.

Seven days in the Seven Stanes

Seven days in the Seven Stanes

We have not long come back from a brilliant week’s holiday down in Dumfries. In was brilliant for a number of reasons: the company (our old university friends), the glorious sunny weather and the amazing biking. Dumfries and Galloway is not well known for its excellent mountain biking for nothing, it’s home to 6 of the 7 stanes.
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