I love this photo.
While on a day out in Bristol we wandered across a bridge and discovered these beautiful love locks dotted along the bridge. I can remember seeing them in Paris and adored the idea.I love that the idea is catching on here.
Hopefully they might find their way to Cardiff soon!
Every time we come back from one of our outdoor adventures, my husband and I find that our coat pockets and bags are filled with interesting stones, shells and unusual sticks that my daughter has collected. It happens every time, and our garden is littered with memento’s from our beach and forest visits. I hate throwing some of them away, as it reminds me of certain days out and the fact that my daughter spends hours placing them around the garden. It really is special having them on display.
I have been thinking of how I can display them properly without them all looking like just another pile of shells on the shelf. The first idea came while I was wandering around one of our local bargain stores near our home. I spied a lovely clear glass vase which seemed like a bargain at £3.50 and so I snapped it up. When I got home, I filled the vase up with all the variety of shells from our beach visit, and had a very colourful and personal memory display…..
Next were the pebbles. My daughter had a friend over to our house, and with some craft googly eyes, felt pens and glue, they created their very own garden rockery stones, which they decided will protect the animals who visit our garden. Again, very simple, but a good recycle activity that was quick, and ultimately brightened up our garden.
Our biggest challenge is the driftwood. Collecting unusual driftwood is one of my husband’s hobbies. We love finding pieces while at the beach, then deciding what could be created, and how we get to achieve it. Our shed is full of random bits of driftwood, in all shapes and sizes, ready for creation.
Our first project is turning a big piece of driftwood into a large, free-standing photo frame. A visit to a local timber yard meant that we could shave the back of the driftwood flat, so that it would sit against the wall more securely and, visually, would look a lot smoother and cleaner. The next job will be sanding down the wood and, if the weather stays like this, I will be sitting in the garden , enjoying the sun and getting creative. I’m really excited with this project and can’t wait to see the results.
Watch this space……
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It can be messy, muddy, wet, hot, uncomfortable, funny and enjoyable, in equal measure. It can make you happy and take certain risks that you would never have otherwise imagined. It’s educational, and a greatly diverse learning tool for all ages. You can end up with splinters and cuts, being bitten and stung and, if you’re anything like my family, you will always end the day with dirty clothes.
…and it’s a wonderful thing.
Throughout my time presenting my experiences via this blog, I have seen how superbly rewarding it is to spend time outdoors together, as a family. I believe that outdoor activities, (from a simple walk through a woodland, up to an exciting wild-water gorge walk), gets everyone involved by interacting with the surroundings and each other, and benefits children and adults alike.
The benefits even include the recalling of fond memories while sorting through some old photographs…….. I immediately remembered us all foraging for mussels and spider crabs in St Davids, Pembrokshire, or taking part in the early morning animal-feeding run at Coombe Mill family farm in Cornwall, and watching my husband, (from the realtive shelter of our tent), while he cooked spaghetti Bolognese in the rain, with only a black bag as his rain coat !
However, in current life and times, there are always going to be barriers creating difficulties in spending time outdoors. Most folks work or have child-care responsilbilites and, after a day filled with commutes or rushing around dropping children to school, making sure household chores are done, (and so much more besides), it’s no wonder that a collapse into bed, or the sofa, remote control in hand, is sometimes all the exercise one can muster.
I’ll tell you……. as much as I love the outdoors, come Friday night, after a busy week, there’s nothing better than a sofa-night, with a movie and a bowl of treats !
But, as the days get longer, and with the threat of warmer weather, we’ve started to plan family camping holidays and activities. Another goal for this year is to walk to the top of Pen-y-Fan, Brecon.
As my daughter gets older, our outdoor adventures are getting more and more challenging. It’s great for our little family to plan ever more adventures and create more memories.
Daily life will always get in the way, and the British weather will always happen, (good and bad), but it won’t stop us from getting out and having our adventures.
I guess that’s just our nature !
Llanthony Priory in the Brecon Beacons. This is part of a campsite we use for Duke of Edinburgh, an amazing place and you get to wander around the ruins.
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