It’s very strange to be writing my last #30DaysWild blog post. We have had a marvelous month of June and a great catalogue of photos and videos to look back on and smile. Its been great to see Zori and Munashe really embrace nature and enjoy spending more time outdoors. Me and Leo have enjoyed exploring new places and doing somethings we wouldn’t usually do.
Back on Day 1 we had planned start #30DaysWild by getting on a boat and observing nature on the river. That plan failed as the beginning of June greeting us with wind and rain. Now at the end of June the glorious weather has really being treating us…time to get on that boat.
We popped on over to Arrow Vale Country Park and enjoyed their large lake whilst on a pedalo (good for those leg muscles)
We enjoyed the ducks, swans and geese on the lake, though I failed to capture any good pics. So off the peadlo…
and back onto dry land to capture those ducks and geese and…
…for some yummy ices next to a wooden owl!
I asked our little family for some of their thoughts about #30DaysWild Here’s what they came up with…
“It was fun, we got to spend more time together as a family than we usually do. I enjoyed visiting nature reserves for the first time. I also cut my teeth in Vlogging!”
“I liked 30 Days Wild, it’s very exciting. I liked dancing in the wild. Now there’s no more wild things. I’m sad about that…..BUT I will be happy if we make cake. Lets make one. BYE BYE 30 Days Wild.
I would like to keep doing wild things. I would like to do something wild about picking flowers. I even like WILD JULY.”
So that’s all folks…although I have decided to continue my blogging journey (though not daily!). Some of which I’m sure will include some #StayWild time and ‘Wild July’ and other adventures too. Watch this Space and Stay Wild!
We have been so busy lately so we spent the day at home (and in the garden). I caught up on some much needed house work…Yawn!
Time for the evening 🙂
We left our little munchkins at home with Granny and Gramps and had some wild fun of our own.
I recently got a new camera and usually have to be super quick with taking photos (what with the little ones) so this evening would be different 🙂
I was well prepared banana, water and camera. Whenever I go out without my munchkins, I take my normal large bag, remove all the kiddy parafanalia and then wonder what I used to fill my rather large handbag with!
Anyways we settled down in the long wild grass of Priory Fields Nature Reserve and I was ready to tuck into my fish n chips. A quick pic….agggghhhhh
no card in the camera, I was gutted. I was looking forward to having a little play with my camera, in the wild, without the interruptions of little people.
So so I resulted to my very old iPhone 3GS. Let’s see if it was any good…
Well….not so great. You live and learn!!
We enjoyed listening to the sounds of the birds and the general peacefulness of the evening 🙂 Check out Leo’s Blog to hear those delightful sounds 🙂
Tomorrow is the last day of #30DaysWild so I must have my camera on hand for that one. Lets hope not to go out on a flop!
Today we decided to camp out in a tent with our little munchkins for the first time ever. With some help from Granny and Gramps we put up our ridiculously large tent on the site of an old railway track. We then embarked on an adventure which could either make or break potential future camping trips.
Munashe found the whole adventure very exciting. Playing with torches in the dark was a favourite.
Sleeping in the tent left Zori a little confused, instead of wanting to go in the tent, she was asking to go back in the car! Before settling down to sleep we told each other stories. Zori told us the one about the Fox going into the Tipi!
I’m happy to report that we all slept. Even though our tent is huge we were all snuggled up into one of the sleeping pods. The morning was glorious and the sun was hot. Bee’s buzzed around the wild flowers and the butterflies danced. The birds sang many different songs and we ate bananas for breakfast.
The little munchkins clearly didn’t get enough sleep as they were back in the land of nod by noon.
We then embarked on ‘tent down’ which was faster than tent up, although we did fail to squeeze everything back into the tent bag!
So time for the verdict….
Will we take our munchkins camping again?
Yes please, that is with a smaller tent and after taking a course in ‘How to Pack Super Light’ so we can squeeze everything into our car! Tips please:)
I love a good campfire. Our little Munchkins missed out on a campfire when we stayed in a Tree House for our anniversary weekend at the beginning of June. To introduce them to the whole campfire experience we set up a fire pit at the bottom of the garden. I love their enthusiasm! The whole of life being one exciting adventure.
After setting down some ground rules…
We lit the fire. Thankfully there are no causalities to report 🙂
I used to enjoy barbequed banana and chocolate as I was growing up. Our little munchkins enjoy both so we thought it would make a delightful treat. Zori has a very delightful smile if she sees yummy foods like chocolate, or biscuits or even spicy sausages. We call it her food smile. You can see it here as she puts chocolate in the banana (she did have a cheeky lick before putting in into the bananas!)
You should never leave a bag of marsh mallows with a four year old! We were so focused on other things and then I looked over at Munashe and his expression looked as if he’d had a bit too much of the sweet stuff. He claims he only ate three!
Back to the banana’s and chocolate. A whole lot of guess work was going on here. They tasted yummy but could have done with some dollops of cream! To be honest our little munchkins devoured the melted chocolate and didn’t touch the bananas!
Excitement was had but after all that naughty sugar will the munchkins sleep?
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Today our Wild Challenge was to take off our shoes and go barefoot
So we abandoned our shoes and enjoyed the tickly grass under our feet.
We ran around
And had some fun xAfter Munashe had been running around barefoot for a while, he wanted his wellies back on. It turns out the nasty stinging nettles had got the bottom of his foot…eek.
I 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…
And searched some more…
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.
Then we found puddles. Puddles will always guarantee to cheer up a grumpy munchkin.
We then started to head for home.
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.
Zori 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 🙂
Today we took a visit to Deers Leap Wood. A lovely little woodland area about 2 miles from Birmingham City Centre.
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.
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.
Munashe got the sticks
And with a little bit of twine, this is what we created
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.
And of course Munashe got stuck in too!
We took an evening stroll down our local canal….woop woop a canal adventure, according to Munashe.
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!
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.
Rushing the children always gives me a level of stress and we had to be back before the top of the hour.
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. 🙂
Munashe and Zori were soooo excited about the imminent arrival of not one but two Aunties, and a cousin! Munashe was very excited about going wild with an auntie but would they be up for it?
Today was a momentous day for Munashe. Look at this pic and see if you can work out why?
Today Munashe lost his first ever tooth. When I say he lost it, he really did. I thought maybe he had swallowed it. He thought it may have fallen out on the grass in the garden. I’d lost hope that we would ever find it. We eventually found it on the kitchen floor. It’s so tiny! A big milestone.
I am very pleased to report that the Aunties went WILD. Even when it started raining they didn’t rush inside. Everyone got involved and we created a masterpiece!
It involved MUD and WATER and WASHING UP LIQUID and PAINT.
Otherwise known as MUD PAINT. Thanks to Learn Play Imagine for the fantastic idea. We had to modify the recipe, our colours weren’t as vibrant but fun and creativity were at large. So we began…
Nearly done but still having fun…
And the #30DaysWild Mud Paint Masterpiece
We’d all finished up, all except from Zori. She continued on her own finishing up her corner of the masterpiece.
Check out more of the fun on the LeoThExplorer blog and vlog.
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