Day 24: Accidental minibeast hunting

On the eve on the 23rd we turned our house upside down in an attempt to clear our bedroom and staircase ready for the floorboards to be sanded and varnished.  Day 24 sanding commenced with A sealed in the bedroom … Continue reading

Day 22: Minibeast hunting

Day 22 we headed to another of our favourite outdoor playgroups for a minibeast themed day.   We heard the story of the hungry caterpillar, hunted for the matching wings for our butterfly, went hunting for real minibeasts, had a caterpillar … Continue reading

Day 3: Making friends with a snail

Today was a low key wild day.  This afternoon while gardening we found a snail, we made friends… Our other wild news is… the bird feeder (made on Day 1) for wild birds is now being used, hooray! The chicken’s … Continue reading

30 Days Wild Day 23: Village walk

We opted to spend the morning bouncing on trampolines (thanks Dad!) over going out for our main activity of day 23.  Post nap we made up for our lack of fresh air and nature by walking as a family to … Continue reading

30 Days Wild Day 9: Nature Tots

Yesterday we went to Nature Tots, a monthly nature based session for toddlers at our local reserve.  This month the theme was minibeasts which is pretty perfect considering the recent obsession.  We had a story (The very hungry caterpillar), a … Continue reading

30 Days Wild Day 4 and 5: Exploring new wild places, alfresco dining and crafting

Hi again! Sorry for the bumper post but we had a GREAT weekend enjoying being wild and I ran out of time to blog. Sooo… Day 4 we set out for a real adventure.  Daddy and Mummy braved new territory … Continue reading

Day 1: Puddle jumping

The first day of our 30 days wild was wet, thank goodness for puddles I thought! We headed to the woods where we have some favourite spots for puddle jumping, absolutely huge ones that E and M love to run … Continue reading

The final goodbye

doublethecuddles.wordpress.comJust over a month ago my colleagues and I were called into work for a meeting, the agenda not released, we entered none the wiser that soon we would be leaving a big part of our lives behind for good.  That day we were told that the Education Centre where we worked (9 years!) was about to enter into a restructure, all zero hours contracts were to go and only one part time contract was to be available between the seven staff.  The centre was to have a shakeup, a new ethos, less outdoors, more in schools and little focus on what we were all there for… inspiring future generations to care for our beautiful Earth and everything in it.  After many teary days and nights we accepted the time had come to go, so six of us depart.

I owe a lot to the centre and its history, my first proper job, the one that taught me what I wanted to do with my life, that shaped much of who I am now.  Its staff, my friends an inspiration to me, while no longer my colleagues forever great friends.

Many many hours spent pond dipping here

Many many hours spent pond dipping here

Woodpeckers here!

Woodpeckers here!

Officially unemployed, today four of us (plus two little people) returned for one last hoorah, the ponds, minibeasts and habitats day to end all days with a class size of two.  Today I said goodbye.