30 Days Wild – Day 23 – Making Ice Cream and Eating Ice Cream

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I’m always on the look out for healthy, but tasty recipes I think our little munchkins would enjoy. My mum, who is the queen of health, (I’m not sure if she still drinks her broccoli water?) saved this recipe from the Telegraph Weekend for me. So thanks to Ella Woodward (who featured in The Telegraph) she has a fab website full of yummy healthy stuff here we are making ice cream. Well… not technically ice cream – not a drop of cream in sight (shame!) This ice cream is surprisingly creamy.

With Munashe off at nursery Zori got stuck in and helped chop up the fruit. I even learnt how to dice a mango – thanks to Dani Spies on YouTube.

The recipe is really simple. Cut up four bananas and one mango. Put in the freezer for at least four hours.
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take out out of the freezer and leave to defrost slightly for 15 minutes. Put the fruit into a food processor and whizz up.

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Put into bowls and eat! Simple.image

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Not sure how wild today’s events were! We did cut the fruit up outside and eat the ice cream outside in the sun! Really we should have found some wild strawberries. I used to love these as a kid. We had some growing out of a wall in our back garden, there were so few of them but they were so flavoursome.

wild or not wild?

Sarah 🙂

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30 Days Wild – Day 22 – A Fire Breathing Butterfly

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“Once upon a time there was a large gigantic wild butterfly. It was flying and it landed on a bush. It stayed there for so many days that a dragon swooped down and saw the butterfly. But it didn’t breath fire on it when he saw it. It was a nice dragon. And the nice dragon saw that the butterfly was enormous and was almost the same size as the dragon. Probably that’s why they are friends. The butterfly and the dragon were friends.

DSC02359Until a hedgehog came along. The hedgehog was smaller. When the dragon saw the hedgehog it breathed fire onto the hedgehog. The hedgehog curled up in a ball to protect itself from the fire. The dragon came and held it and it was prickly and he dropped it into some water, and so it cooled down and the hedgehog swam to the surface of the water and quickly got out. He didn’t realise he was on a beach, he didn’t realise he was on a hot, hot beach.

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Munashe telling a story

Until he saw a fish jumping out of the water on a beach, and it went to try to prick the fish, but it jumped back into the water again, it was a dolphin and it jumped back into the water again when the hedgehog tried to prick it again with its prickly spines. And then the large butterfly came back to the beach with his friend the dragon. The dragon blew fire on him again and the dragon threw him so far that he landed on the world of the dragon and the butterfly again. He went there and breathed more fire on, and the butterfly blew even more fire on the hedgehog

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Getting to a good bit

The butterfly has learnt some new skills from his friend the dragon and he now can breath fire. That’s amazing. Then it got colder, the wind blew but the fire didn’t go away. It grew bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and then the butterfly blew the biggest fire ever onto the hedgehog. But the hedgehog curled up into another ball. No, it didn’t. The hedgehog died. But then he woke up again, and they were all friends and lived happily ever after…..Lets tell another wild story.”

Munashe loves to tell stories. Telling stories together is great fun. I love to hear where the story is going to go to next. I’m sure we will be telling more wild stories together! If you are interested Munashe’s words are in italics. If you are interested to hear the story have a look at LeoThExplorers Blog.

Sarah x

30 Days Wild – Day 21 – Barefoot

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Today our Wild Challenge was to take off our shoes and go barefootDSC02302

So we abandoned our shoes and enjoyed the tickly grass under our feet.

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Sarah x

30 Days Wild – Day 20 – Searching for Treasure in a Downpour

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_20I love the idea of Geocaching. Searching for treasure, can it get anymore fun? Well the idea of Geocaching and the reality are two totally different things. We searched through the thicket. Got scratched by brambles and searched, searched, searched…

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And searched some more…

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and found NOTHING! We even attempted to find a different cache..NOTHING…We had told Munashe that we were going to search for treasure, he was extremely excited. What 4 year old boy wouldn’t be? So you can imagine the disappointment when we found NOTHING 😦

And then it started to POUR… so in true #30DaysWild style we DANCED IN A DOWNPOUR! Credit to Munashe for joining in.

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Then we found puddles. Puddles will always guarantee to cheer up a grumpy munchkin.

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We then started to head for home.

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However, Leo would not be defeated. After some research, and some encouragement we went back in search of cache number one. Geocaching Top Tip…always look at the ‘Hint’ on the app. And make sure your looking at the right hint for the right cache. This was our downfall.

So back in we went. And HOORAY…We found the treasure. Just look at the joy on Munashe’s face. Definitely worth all those prickles.

DSC02275Zori went straight for the good stuff and helped herself to some real treasure. A tricky day that ended well. I still love the idea of Geocaching…I’d love to hear other peoples successes and any Top Tips…Please comment 🙂

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30 Days Wild – Day 19 – Nature Mobile

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_19Today we took a visit to Deers Leap Wood. A lovely little woodland area about 2 miles from Birmingham City Centre.DSC02168

We spent a couple of minutes in silence in the middle of the woods. Silence is a rare commodity in our household! So those two minutes where we all tuned into the sounds of the birds were rather special.DSC02189

We enjoyed a good explore and then set to work to create a Nature Mobile.

We collected leaves, flowers, feathers and sticks. Zori got a big leaf.

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Munashe got the sticks

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And with a little bit of twine, this is what we created

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These little munchkins do love water. We found some large puddles, in went the stones. If they can’t jump into them, they have to throw something into it. There was a log across the water. Zori held my hand and must have walked over this log about twenty times.

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And of course Munashe got stuck in too!

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Sarah x

30 Days Wild – Day 17 – Live Webcams

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_17What a fantastic way to learn about birds and other creatures. Through #30DaysWild I have found out about all these wonderful live webcams. You can get up close and personal with bats, owls, kestrels, peregrines, ospreys. So today our Random Act of Wildness was staying indoors and peering in at a whole bunch of live webcams.

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A particular favorite of ours was watching the barn owls. Or rather the little owlets. No sign of mum yet. These are rather addictive…I could be up all night. I think the addictiveness (is that even a word?) has something to do with knowing what you are seeing is happening right NOW. And some even have sound!oooowl

Munashe became interested in the Kestrel cam. We saw her shifting about a lot and then she moved and we saw that she was sitting on a whole bunch of eggs. “I really want to see those little chicks”, exclaimed Munahse. I’m not sure baby kestrels are called chicks??? anyone out there can you help!

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We decided it would be a fantastic idea to keep watching Mrs Kestrel every day and so we can see those little Kestrel Babies hatch. Not knowing anything about Kestrels it will be a learning experience for me as well as my little munchkins!

On doing a google search for Wildlife Webcams it looks like there’s a heap of them out there. It has opened up a whole new world…lions and tigers and bears.

Sarah x

30 Days Wild – Day 16 – How nature nearly lost me my shopping


TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_16We took an evening stroll down our local canal….woop woop a canal adventure, according to Munashe.

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I loved listening to the sounds of the birds getting louder as the drone of the main road grew fainter and fainter. Sadly due to the arrival of a Tesco shop we were on a specific time frame. So the stroll along the canal was more relaxing that the fast paced walk back.

I’m not sure what it is about my children and sticks. We were walking past this tree and this time Zori commented “What’s that stick in the water?” Here below is Zori’s stick!

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It’s a long, sunny evening so the perfect time to crack open some of those Wildlife Watch  magazines.

We were not quite up a tree or in a meadow, but will a field full of horse manure do?

Zori was particually interested in the grass snake in the water. As this was in a magazine we can’t cross it off our mini-beasts list. Only 14 more days to see a snake!

While Munashe focused more on the lego birds. Do check out the Lego Birds  link as they are pretty awesome and rather inspiring.DSC02129

Rushing the children always gives me a level of stress and we had to be back before the top of the hour.

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Oh it will be alright, I thought. The shopping never arrives at the beginning of the hour slot. I rushed everyone back to the car. We had just 3 minutes before the shopping may arrive (We don’t live that close to the canal). I drove slightly manically all the way home. As we got to our street we could see the Tesco van driving away from our house. It was only 8.02pm, I really couldn’t believe it. I raced after that van. It did a strange reversing round the corner, I stopped in the middle of the road, jumped out of the car. The van couldn’t move. I’d done it! The shopping is now safely in the cupboards and I’m happy. 🙂

Sarah x

30 Days Wild – Day 15 – When my 4 year old had a Different Idea…

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Hello people of the world. The aunties were gone and we were feeling a bit sad. The day was nearly over, just enough time for some Random Acts of Wildness in the garden. Having attempted a bit of Bark Rubbing we thought we’d try some leaf rubbing. Initially all was well..

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Zori is looking so pleased with her choice of leaf!

Leaves were collected….smiles were had.

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Munashe got stuck in. But after a couple of attempts his enthusiasm waned. Either leaf rubbing is quite tricky or our cheap crayons are really bad. Zori spent the next half an hour chattering away loudly and telling herself stories. Munashe was tearing around the garden on his scooter attempting some tricks. I then discovered leaf rubbing can be rather therapeutic!

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Zori was still chattering away and Munashe had some new idea. I’ve never heard of this one before…

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DSC02104Munashe has a very active imagination and in nature it seems that creativity can really thrive.

So lets get rid of all those toys. We can give our children a pile of leaves, a pile of stones, some twigs and some mud and watch their imagination grow. Ha Ha not quite sure we are ready to get rid of the toys. But its food for thought! I would love to hear your thoughts…

Sarah 🙂