#30DaysWild Day 17 – The sun has got its hat on!

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_17I’m going to say it.  After all of last year’s #30DaysWild and the beginning of this one spent moaning about the rain… oh, my isn’t it too hot!

Turns out whatever my mixed nationality background, I’m very British when it comes to the weather.

Today was the first time I’ve taken part in Photo an Hour, posting on Twitter (#photoanhour) each hour to document our day.

Our day was originally planned to be very full of arranged activities, perfect for jumping in on the hashtag party for the first time I thought, and it at least started out that way as we made it to ballet class first thing in the morning.

10am – finished ballet class –

We then headed to another inside activity, this time popping into Lincoln Inspired at The Collection in Lincoln.  At the Magical World of Fingley crafting table, Luke was helped to make a monster and Willow an owl before she had the opportunity to meet pixie Astori and Dodl the bear. And mummy learnt about the Fingley’s themed restaurant in Barton that’s definitely gone on our “to visit” list.

11am – Willow meets Astoria and Dodl from @FingleyWorld at today’s @LincolnInspired in @collectionusher #photoanhour

Refreshments were had:

Noon – it was yummy (too hungry to take the photo at the start)

And then we finally headed outside to enjoy the weather and continue with the Lincoln Knights trail, ticking off another four on the list.

1pm – more spotting

It was after this and the following walk back to the car park that the heat started to take its toll.  Several Malpi members were in need of a nap (although only three were able to take the opportunity) and, instead of heading to one of the Jo Cox Great Get Togethers and a school fair, we simply crash landed at Grandmum’s.


2pm – storytime –

Story time with an Old MacDonald’s Farm finger puppet book provided a short cool down five minutes but as soon as the mini ones were refuelled:

3pm – summery refreshments –

they certainly weren’t going to be satisfied with sitting down for the rest of the day so, whilst mummy continued to feed an understandably extra thirsty Faith, daddy got dragged outside again, this time for a water pistol fight:


4pm – in the great battle of grandmum’s back garden, water pistols were the weapon of choice, Daddy may have lost.

Grandmum’s back garden, including the former pond, also provided an excellent environment for hide and seek.

5pm – hide and seek –

As well as pretty purple/pink flowers:


Whilst the front garden was reserved for daddy to chase little monsters:

6pm – chasing monsters –

And then, when finally exhausted again, it was time to get back into the car.


7pm – home time –

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#30DaysWild Day 16 – Just outside your back door

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_16We often acknowledge how lucky we are to have a fairly large back garden relative to the area we live in as we live on a corner but we often forget that we’re very privileged to have a garden at all as many families don’t.

And we should definitely make more time for just chilling in it and seeing where the mini ones’ imaginations take us.


The log steps have been used as a stage for singing and guitar playing performances, as the Grand Old Duke of York’s hill and as mountains to climb, among many other things.


And having a slower day also gives more opportunity for sharing the smaller moments of your child’s wonder that you may otherwise miss.  Such as Willow’s “wow” when a breeze blew a leafy strand past their playhouse’s window today.  A room with a view is very important!
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#30DaysWild Day 15 – The Snail and the Whale

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_15We’re big Julia Donaldson fans in the Malpi household and The Snail and the Whale, originally recommended by my aunt, is one of our favourite titles.

It certainly fuels my wanderlust to visit wild places “Of shimmering ice and coral caves, And shooting stars and enormous waves” or to go “To towering icebergs and far-off lands, With fiery mountains and golden sands”.


And it’s also a lovely tale of how even the smallest among us can make a difference on a large scale.

Maybe tomorrow we’ll ask the snails in our back garden whether they’ve ever hitched a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale.


#30DaysWild Day 14 – Let’s talk about litter

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_14Last year I was particularly impressed by several #30DayWilders who wrote on the Facebook group about doing litter picks with their children as one of their acts of wildness.

It’s something I would like to do with the minis when they are older too.

At the moment I think they’re too young and might enthusiastically tackle the task before I’m able to discern whether what they are picking up may hurt them or not so I currently mainly talk about how we don’t litter ourselves and if they point anything out say that it was wrong of people to drop it.

One item of litter I often can’t help myself picking up though is the plastic rings that tie beer cans together.

plastic can rings

There is something specific I learnt about at primary school about birds such as swans and ducks getting their necks stuck in them that has evidently stuck in my mind and compels me to make sure they are disposed of more carefully.

So I was particularly proud of Luke recently bringing me one and saying “bin”.

Double proof that it does pay to start early when encouraging young conservationists.

At least the plastic rings don’t have sharp edges although now I have to be hyper aware of what behaviours of mine he may copy next!

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Will you be Inspired on Saturday?

Inspired1The enthusiasm a county writers and illustrators group has for a long-standing literary award has led to them not only shadowing the 80th
anniversary of the CLIP/Carnegie award but also prompting the return of a city festival.

Lincolnshire’s Society for Children’s Book
Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) Carnegie shadowing group are eager to discuss with fellow children’s/young people book enthusiasts the highlights of this year’s short list and see who agrees, or doesn’t, with the judges.

Inspired2The SCWBI team will be leading the discussion as part of Lincoln Inspired: One Spectacular Saturday.

The Carnegie Prize – what makes a great read for young people? will be held at The Collection in Lincoln from noon to 2pm on Saturday (June 17th) ahead of the winner of the Carnegie Medal being announced on Monday (June 20th).

At the same time as SCWBI approached the organiser of Lincoln Inspired, which saw its last outing in 2015, venues that had held events in previous years were also telling Sara Bullimore that the festival had been missed last year – so she rose to the challenge.

The whole day is free and has something to appeal to fans of children’s literature, poetry and those keen to hone their own writing skills.
Mini readers can enjoy an introduction to The Magical World of Fingley with help from Astoria the Pixie and Elgiva the Elf at The Collection from 10am to 2pm.  The fun treasure hunts, magical drawings, mysterious maps and more are recommended for age 5 to 8.
Also in the Orientation Hall from 10am to 2pm will be an Usbourne Books stand selling a range of the publisher’s educational and activity books and novels.

Click here to read the Inspired Programme 2017.

Click here to visit Lincoln Inspired’s Facebook page.

#30DaysWild Day 13 – Caterpillars

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_13Another day of rain so bedtime story time rescued our #30DayWild efforts.

Christopher’s Caterpillars follows our guinea pig hero as he makes pets of the caterpillars that are nibbling his dandelion seedlings.

When the caterpillars mysteriously disappear from their jars, Christopher and his friend Posie make missing posters to put up all over Dandeville.

Christopher Nibble Caterpillars

After we discovered the colourful reason behind their apparent disappearance along with Christopher we then watched a few videos on YouTube following the metamorphic life cycle of a butterfly.

ButterflyGardenSetSome #30DayWilders have been filling us in on the progress of their own butterfly gardens in the Facebook group.

It’s the first time I’ve heard of these kits and definitely something that goes on my list to do for another year.

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#30DaysWild Day 12 – Park life

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_12Today was a day of two parks.

Our local park was deserted for most of our lunchtime play session which was presided over by a classic dramatic wide Lincolnshire sky with rolling fluffy clouds alternating with a few slightly greyer ones (which were probably one of the reasons it was so quiet).

It was an hour in the summer sun of fun sliding, climbing achievement and helpful cooperation – although that sadly didn’t make it all the way home!

The minis later behaviour at home clearly showed they wanted to be outside again and Facebook helpfully reminded me that the latest Lincoln Bubbler (Burbuliatorius Linkolne) event was scheduled for this evening.

Taking place fortnightly on a Monday from 6.30pm in the Arboretum in Lincoln during late Spring and through Summer, it’s an event we’ve been meaning to attend for a while now but have never managed to organise ourselves at the appropriate time.


We were very well rewarded for finally managing it tonight though with beaming smiles, lots of giggles and very well exercised children from chasing their soapy prey – let’s face it, who doesn’t love a bubble?  Willow was so focused on her popping targets that she bumped into a few equally enthusiastic chasers along the way but nothing kept her down when there were more floating by.

This time the park was very busy and the families taking part in their own sporting races, the friends using the park as a meeting place, the children using the play park equipment and those of us assembled to celebrate our translucent orbs engendered a lovely fun and relaxed atmosphere.

It’s the simple things in life, isn’t it?  As I wrote after our visit to Boultham Park on Day Three – public green spaces are so precious.

If you love parks too then you might want to join in Love Parks Week (July 14-23) and “tell the world why you love your park” in order to “help us protect them for future generations”.

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