It has been so wet for so long and some of the woodlands near me are looking particularly lush and mossy – elves and fairies peeping out from behind every tree and fern.
To give everyone in my daughter’s family a much needed break from the rigours of home learning, I have taken two of my grandchildren out for a ‘keep-your-distance-walk’ a few times.
Little Miss M and Master R love to draw and grasp every opportunity, so when they found some chalk on the ground ….
This is one of the cyber characters that inhabit Master R’s imagination
and then – throwing the chalk at the tree to make marks was a good game too – who could make the highest mark, how far away could they stand and still hit the tree?
(Yes I did knit the bobble hat 🙂 )
And something to melt any Granny’s heart – a card from Little Miss M
She had made one for both of her Grannies. Awww! ❤
You might remember that Little Miss M and I are walking 500 miles together – You can go to this link to see a wonderful walk we did in March 2019.
We did not add many miles to our total last year (I wonder why?!) but we are both determined to do more this year.
Our total to date is 133.5 miles, only 366.5 to go!
Have you been able to go out for any walks this week?
Last Sunday I met a couple of friends for a bluebell extravaganza of a walk!
The path took us through deep dark woods
Joining Cee’s Which Way Challenge
and lighter glades where the light was stunningly, beautifully, softly, frothily romantic
I took so many photographs, it has taken me all week to choose which ones to share( they certainly won’t all fit in one post).
We stopped at Down House Farm
and sat out in the garden
for a delicious lunch of Bubble and Squeak, eggs and bacon, all local produce and drank apple and ginger fruit punch
after that we headed out to the cliffs and wide open views towards Portland
Oh what a joyful day, the sun shone, the air was sweet, the sky was blue, our batteries were well and truly recharged …..
to be continued …………
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So I had some logs delivered
and I was stacking them away
when I noticed….
sweet little mushroom pictures and…..
holes, just the right size for holding candles and then……
…..a few cones and tiny bits of greenery……..
Right! Back to the wood stacking!
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Tagged candles, Christmas decoration, Christmas decoration using natural material, homemade Christmas decoration, log candle holder, natural candle holder, Winter Solstice display, wood, wood candle holder, woodland, Yule log
One day a week Miss E comes to me for art, craft and gardening as part of her home education, sometimes we have Little Miss M with us as well.
It is an absolute delight for me to be part of the H.E. team, and to see how Miss E’s confidence and interest in the world is developing since she has been at home.
She loves to enter competitions and saw one in her Wildlife Magazine that required a picture made with natural materials, so off we went to the woods to gather material.
It is a favourite walk of ours and we always have to pay a visit to the old tree stump that the kids have named ‘the Gruffalo’s toilet’
They clamber about on this old tree stump and it becomes all sorts of other things – a pirate ship at sea on this visit.
After gathering pine cones, fallen leaves and ferns they set to work. Miss E always knows just what she wants to do from the start, which can lead to frustration when things don’t work out exactly as she had in mind..
But I try to tell her this is all part of the creative process, and often get her to repeat the mantra “it’s not wrong, it’s just not finished!’
She would not let me take any photos of her early attempts
but was eventually pleased with this
Then off we all went to a nearby café for a hot chocolate.
The photos were sent in and Miss E was SO delighted when her Squirrel appeared on the magazine’s Facebook page.
Do you have any woodland walks near you?