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Getting some nature into the boys!

The weather recently has been a bit pants hasn't it? It's been wet, it's been freezing cold and it's been foggy. It hasn't exactly been calling out to me to get out exploring and with a month of chicken pox in the house, along with the various coughs and colds – there has been a lot of time spent indoors. 

This week though? This week the weather changed.

The temperature rose, the sun made an appearance and it put me in a ruddy good mood – such a good mood that I really wanted to get Zach into the outdoors to have some fun. 

We are very lucky that where we live, we have a whole array of things we can do. Living with a gorgeous country park round the corner means lush walks and being that close to the country means that it doesn't take much to get even more country fun. About a fifteen minute drive from our house is a huge nature reserve run by the RSPB. We have been there before as a family pre-Oscar – in fact the last time we went was in the summer, on a really really hot day when I was heavily pregnant. On bog standard days, they don't have a huge amount going on there and we just go for a lovely walk and do some wildlife spotting. Because it's half term though, they have lots of activities to do throughout the week and so on Monday I thought we'd head on up there and get exploring.

I couldn't have picked a better day to be honest. The weather was gorgeous and we were soon a tad on the warm side with the sun beating down on us. 

I had packed us some sandwiches and so we had a bite to eat when we first got there because, as always, Zach was hungry! 

We then started the first activity which was a bird walk. Zach was so very enthusiastic about this as he started to move some logs to try and build a birds nest. He had a really good go and did a really good job with just a little help from mummy. 

We then went on our walk to see what we could find from our list of things to try and spot. He was a little less enthusiastic about this as time went on and was a bit more interested in jumping in muddy puddles and making marks in the mud! 

Once we had finished our walk and seen a few birds that I didn't know the names of, I gave Oscar a feed on a bench (my boob got a bit chilly!) and then we took part in the other activity of the day which was pond dipping. Zach loved this and we had a brilliant time filling a bowl up with pond water, grabbing the net, emptying it and looking for creatures. We saw tadpoles and little wriggly water worms (that is not a technical name) and a couple of other insects that I can't remember the name of (I stupidly lost our piece of paper that had them all on). 

It was such a fun day together and because Oscar was asleep for the majority of it, it was some real quality time together and a real bonding session – something that we don't often get to do anymore.

Now the weather is a bit warmer and we don't have a gazillion illnesses doing the rounds in our house, I am planning on doing a lot more of this kind of thing. With the countryside on our doorstep, there really is no excuse! 


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  • Reply Coombe Mill

    What a beautiful looking nature reserve and a perfect looking spring like day to visit. Days like this are ones you look back and remember for th quality time spent together. The pond dipping looks great and I'm impressed there were things to discover so early. I might have to get the children here out having a look in our ponds and lakes too, the frogsspawn will be making an appearance soon. I hope you get to return as the season progresses, I bet there is always something new to find here.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Country Kids


    February 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Over 40 and a Mum to One

    You can't beat a bit of pond dipping, sounds like a great reserve to explore too #CountryKids

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    February 18, 2017 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply Sonia Cave

    You must have been desperate to get out the house after all that il health!  What you did looks really good fun and the weather unseasonly lovely #countrykidsfun

    February 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Sonia

    Looks like a lot of fun! 🙂 Great and happy photos.


    Coming over from #CountryKids 🙂  

    February 19, 2017 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Heidi @him_me_three

    What a great day out. Pond dipping is always popular with my children. Looking forward to getting out more to take part in activities like that as the weather has improved dramatically overnight! #countrykids

    February 19, 2017 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Lauren M

    I'm a big fan of our country parks and nature reserves, they're such good places to get out and explore. I'm looking forward to doing activities like this with Finn now he's a bit older. Looks like you all had fun #countrykids

    February 20, 2017 at 11:28 am
  • Reply Jo Addison

    You are lucky to have that nature reserve on your doorstep.  It's fab to get out and introduce your kids to the wonders of nature and bird watching.  #countrykids

    February 21, 2017 at 3:50 pm
  • Reply Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    It's so lovely to have some sunshine and warmer weather isn't it? So glad you enjoyed some one-to-one time with Zach at the nature reserve – the pond dipping looks so interesting. I must try doing it with the girls sometime 🙂 #countrykids

    February 22, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply tracey at Mummyshire

    What a great nature reserve and one that has things to do and is interactive.  We have a nature reserve on our doorstep too (can literally walk there) and it's a great way to get the children to really get to see nature first hand!

    Yes, whenever we go out we always have to take a picnic too – my boy is constantly hungry…hollow legs!


    February 23, 2017 at 11:30 am
  • Reply Karen (Stopping At Two)

    It has been so good to get out and feel the start of Spring. Zach looks like he is having so much fun. Hope you and the family are all doing well x #countrykids 

    February 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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