Day 11 and 12 #30DaysWild: A wet weekend

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_11We braved the rain at its lightest drizzle on Saturday evening to go for a trike ride to get the mini ones some fresh air after they had been inside most of the day.

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A fall just before leaving almost prevented us going altogether, and sadly Luke has quite the bump on his forehead to show for it, but when he’d calmed down he decided he did want to go after all.  As long as daddy was pushing him anyway, as he does the best wheelies.

Willow enjoyed running her hands along the hedges  and feeling the leaves when mummy’s dodging steering allowed her to get close to the edge of the paths.

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_12Sunday was a bit more successful for outside time as we were able to get out and about early and take advantage of a dry spell.

Much to Luke’s delight not one but two mini steam train rides were paid for and allowed for a sit down and chug alongside village fields.

In the afternoon, in between showers, Willow made friends with a horned resident of our local ice cream farm.

And in the early evening they tried out the new watering can and plant pot given to them by grandmum on the vegetables that grandma and pops have been growing for us, our original attempts either having been enjoyed by snails or subject to overly zealous watering from our littlest helper.

This only required the two outfit changes for Luke when he decided to water himself as well as the vegetables but he did also enjoy chomping into a squishy tomato or two straight from the vine again, one of which might even have been nearly ripe enough for picking.

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Day 10 #30DaysWild: Daisies and buttercups

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_10Some days are better than others and today was one of the others.

A small hiatus in the constant stream of minor irritants that were all threatening to be the straw that broke this mummy’s back was 15 minutes spent in a community garden.

With the sun still holding on at the time, numerous daisies and buttercups to run and roll through and the freeing feeling being in the fresh air brings, it was definitely one of the few highlights of the day.

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Day nine #30DaysWild: Watching bees being busy

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An appointment day again but I still had the chance to stop and stare.

I hope the bees that were very busy at the edge of a car park, buzzing in and out of these deep pink flower bells, were able to take a break at some point too.

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There are at least two bees in the photo, honest!  They just seemed to master the art of disappearing up a bell every time I clicked.

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Day eight #30DaysWild: Skygazing

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_08A beautiful but slightly stressful morning’s activity meant that I thought 10 minutes of afternoon skygazing would be just the thing for day eight of #30DaysWild.

Willow, however, decided that mummy laying down on the grass was obviously to provide her with another climbing structure to have fun with so I ended up with an even more gorgeous but slightly different view then the one I was aiming for.

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She soon caught on to the idea though and just seemed to think I needed a bit of company instead so I was soon joined by Peppa, George and Stephanie who had the benefit of a slightly more comfortable furniture arrangement than me.

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Magical sensory experience in the Toddler’s Room

ToddlersRoomAfter the success of our visit to The Doodle Dance Show last week, we headed back to the Lincoln Drill Hall this morning for another dance show designed for mini people.

Toddler’s Room by Norwegian company Dybwikdans is specifically for children aged 0-3 and required one adult per child so one of Willow’s godmothers joined us for the morning.

A white dome tent was pitched in the auditorium and provided a transportive and intimate space as well as a neutral backdrop making the rich purple, orange, red and gold colours used in the performance appear all the bolder.

Children were allowed to explore the space during most of the 20 minute show – and who doesn’t love chasing a balloon? – as the dancer moved, used chimes complementing the music and interacted with sculptural objects and her mini audience members.

The whirling cloak that sent the big red balloons spinning around the dome was a particular highlight.

A beautiful and magical sensory experience, it was as delightful to watch the faces of the little ones watching as it was the performance itself.

That, of course, isn’t quite the whole story.

Any other fellow 10am ticket holder may well have noticed a certain someone volubly deciding he didn’t want to go in.  A little bit tired and emotional from a bad bout of hay fever at the moment he then, of course, got really upset that he hadn’t gone in.

A big thank you to the very understanding Lincoln Drill Hall staff who let us take up a spare space for the next performance.  Which, of course, he loved – tents, balloons, music and dance all high on his list of favourite things.  He liked it so much in fact, he then didn’t want to leave and spent a long time saying goodbye and thank you to the production team.

They do grow out of this stage don’t they?

Day seven #30DaysWild: Greetwell Hollow

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_07Visiting a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust site was on my #30DaysWild to-do list but I’d been waiting for a weekend presuming that we’d need the car to reach one.

However, today’s walk across the top of the city with my eyes open a bit more than normal, revealed one virtually on my doorstep.

Greetwell Hollow is “one of the last remaining areas of limestone grassland in the county and a haven for wildlife.

“Due to its importance for wildlife, this area is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).”

I didn’t have time to venture in today but it’s nice to know we have another place to explore that we can reach on foot.

Click here to find a nature reserve near you.

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Day six #30DaysWild: Pounding the pathways

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_06Within seconds of leaving the house this morning, daddy found a vacated bird’s egg to show Luke.

It’s just as well the bird had already hatched as, although intrigued by the object, Luke obviously doesn’t yet have the sure hands ready to take on the England cricket captaincy.

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IMG_20160606_104937189_HDROur morning children’s group seemed to be getting in on the #30DaysWild action with a display of plastic bugs and magnifiers to explore at the beginning of the session.

And our walk home in the lovely sunshine provided further chance to enjoy some natural scenery.

Whilst I am still determined to regain my confidence in driving, I’m also grateful (most of the time) that I get to do as much walking as I do.

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In the attempt to find short cuts and cut journey times – especially as it can sometimes take as long to leave the house as to walk anywhere – finding our way to and from places via pathways rather than down the side of roads often means calmer journeys in fresher air where we can hear more birdsong and less traffic noise.

And there’s almost always sticks to collect too!

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