Well, firstly, a huge thank you to David Prosser at barsetshirediaries for this nomination; it has made me smile! A lovely surprise for this new blogger.
You can find his lovely blog at http://barsetshirediaries.wordpress.com/
Here are my answers to the questions set to me:
1. Given just one wish to use, what do you ask for? Ok. I did think hard about this one and really, what would be very comforting, would be the wish to have my family happy, safe and to live a life full of laughter and enjoyment. A simple but satisfying thought.
2. Given a choice of all the exotic places in the world to live, where would you choose? Maybe not hugely exotic, but my favourite place is a town called Collioure, which is in the South of France. I had my honeymoon there and have been lucky to go back there twice for holidays. A beautiful town made for wandering, with art on every street. Amazing ice creams, a harbour where you can dangle your feet in the water and the best French market I have ever been to. It is my favourite place ever.
3.What is your favourite genre to read, and where do you read most? I love crime fiction. I enjoy a story that keeps you guessing and makes you think. I’m terrible at losing myself in a book when I get into a story. I regularly get caught very late at night still reading because I can’t put a book down.
4. You can meet one famous person from the past, who’s it to be? There are a few people I would like to meet but one that comes to mind is Edmund Hillary. He was a one of two men who were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest in 1953. There a couple of reasons for this choice. I struggle with some climbs here, just in Wales. I’m lucky enough to have up-to-date kit, so I can’t imagine how it felt over 50 years ago completing such a challenge without radios, helicopter rescue, GPS etc. Also, I read that before taking off for the climb, Edmund awoke to find his walking boots frozen and spent 2 hours defrosting them. Many people would have curled back up in their sleeping bags. I would love to sit and listen to his story and feel the passion.
And so, my nominations for three blogs to look at are:
Expression and Confession: Expressing and confessing about life as a mum of two. Find at http://expressionandconfession.wordpress.com/
Phipps Conservatory Science Education and Research. Find at http://phippsscienceeducation.org/
Northampton Children and Nature Network. Find at http://nicolahedges2.wordpress.com
My questions for nominees are:
1: What superhero power would you want?
2: What song makes you feel happy?
3: If you could choose to be in any film what would it be?
4: Describe your perfect Sunday?
This award is such a lovely way of getting your blog out there and, for me, it’s been great to look out for the wide variety of blogs that I can enjoy and follow.
Here are the Liebster Blog Award (entirely optional) rules:
1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog (that’s me).
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you (that’s my site).
3. Answer the questions posted for you in my blog.
3. Copy and paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to three blogs with 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be noticed.
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog.
As the weather changes and Spring seems like it’s here, I’m listening to my daughter and her friends playing outside in the garden and its a lovely, wonderful thing to hear children having fun and playing. It has reminded me of a brilliant film we saw a while back and so I wanted to re post one of my favourite posts and highlight the amazing film that is Project Wild Thing.It taught me so much and really did instill my belief of outdoor experiences for children. I thought Project Wild Thing was amazing, and really is a film every parent should see. It really shows why children need a childhood rich in outdoor experiences.’
Finally, I went to watch the documentary ‘Project Wild Thing’. Since I saw the trailer, I knew that I wanted, (and needed), to see this film. I wasn’t disappointed.
This documentary is the positive promotion of children being in the outdoors. But it isn’t done in a ‘in your face’ kind of way. The information is very balanced, and the first part of the film is David Bond observing how even his own children choose TV and computers rather than the outdoors.
However, as much as this film gives us some contradictory, light-hearted moments that you would expect when children are in a film, it does illustrate some hard and quite scary facts. Our children are the first in history to have a lower life expectancy than their parents…… how incredibly sad is that??? This statement made me sigh with sadness and despair.
Within my job, I get to see both the immediate, and long-term positive effect that being in the outdoors has on children. We give children the chance to BE children. I have taken teenagers to the beach for the first time in their lives, with one young person asking me ‘how much does it cost to go in the water’. I see the joy from a five-year-old who lives in the city being told he can get jump in the muddiest puddle in the forest because he has wellies and waterproofs on, so it really doesn’t matter how mucky he gets.
I am lucky to be able to share these experiences with the children that we deliver these activities to. I see the benefits, on a daily basis, of the “outdoor experience”.
So, as much as this film made me ponder some difficult questions, I am going to take the positives from it. Children who regularly get the chance to be in the outdoors, benefit from improved health, reduction of stress and boosted well-being. These children also experience joy, happiness and a better mixing with their peers. They also realise the value of spending quality time with their families. I really could go on and on about this but I don’t want to portray myself as “preachy”.
If you get the chance to watch this film, please do. All the information is on the “Project Wild Thing” website. It gives some great information about where you can find activities, depending on how much time you have. It’s a film that makes the viewer think…….. about our own past as kids, about our childrens’ ability to feel a truly natural awareness of present-day life, and perhaps how we could enhance their future…. for the better.
I adore this time of year.
The variety of colours that nature offers up. The crisp feeling in the air during early morning. Going on a windy walk all wrapped up, but looking forward to the bliss of getting in, and cuddling up on the sofa with a steaming mug of something hot.
This time of year really inspires me to get out my camera and capture an Autumn feeling within the shot. I favour close-up shots, (to me, they’re a must), but I find there’s such a huge range of inspiration to be found in the diverse textures, colours and weather variations offered by the outdoors in the months before winter really sets in.
It’s also a fantastic time to explore the outdoors with children. Together, we look for leaves with beautiful colours on display, hunt for conkers and get great delight in wearing wellies and stamping in muddy puddles.
Very simple – a child friendly activity, but one that brings out the inner-kid in all of us.
So, I want to share just a few Autumn pictures which I’ve captured recently.
These are just a few of the many photographs I have taken, and just a fraction of the amazing and beautiful things I’ve observed over the last few weeks.
So, in our family, the hats, winter coats, gloves and scarves are on and we get to enjoy my most favourite season of the year.