Wild Family Fun

Tales of living, working and enjoying life in the outdoors

June 03, 2014

That’s Nature

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.

That’s nature…

…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 !

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16 thoughts on “That’s Nature

  1. And the nice thing is you’re encouraging other parents to do the same as your lovely daughter is encouraging her friends to ask parents “Why can’t we do that?” As a family you set a great example.
    Some parents wouldn’t think of an outing to the countryside because maybe it’s something they never had and they’d expect their children to be the same but like ripples in the pond once the message starts spreading it can go a long way.
    xxx Massive Hugs to you all Kim xxx

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, always love your comments David, so lovely.
      Spending time outdoors is a part of our family life, and we are so used to it now that it has become second nature.
      I love the idea of ripples in a pond, I enjoyed many times outside as a child and really enjoy the fact that I do the same with my daughter.
      Take care of you,

  2. Christine says:

    I couldn’t agree more, being outside in the natural world is important to our family too. Pen-y-fan sounds like a great goal, have walked up a few times before kids but will maybe have to revisit. #letkidsbekids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, being outdoors ahs totally become a second nature to us, we love it.
      Really want to do Pen-Y-Fan this summer, really feel my that my daughter is ready. Fingers crossed.

  3. Great post Kim. Being outside brings such a different dynamic to everything, and I know that we have so much fun as a family whenever we spend time outside, even just for a simple walk. #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi Sara, thank you. I do enjoy seeing everyone posts about being outdoors and the fun they have as a family. I can remember so much from spending time outdoors as a child, and love that my daughter has the chance to her own adventures now too.

  4. Wonderful thoughts. It does get more complicated as life gets busier. But even my “indoorsy” husband can’t deny the benefits of spending time together outdoors.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, it can be hard to make the effect but we get so much out of our adventures outdoor.
      Thanks for commenting.

  5. Karen Bell says:

    Nature is so diverse, it can provide wonderful times, but yes, it can also make you cry, but I like to think if it makes us cry, it usually turns the tears into laughter tears. It is great to get out whatever the weather, even if it is tough in the rain, but it’s usually worth it in the end.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      A wonderful way to think of nature, I totally agree. Sometimes the best adventures are the ones that start off in the rain or falling in the mud.
      Love linking up with #LetKidsBeKids

  6. lisa says:

    this post inspires me to get outdoors more often! off to read more of your blog!

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much, that’s so lovely to hear. Have fun with your adventures outdoors!

  7. Coombemill says:

    I love how you always embrace the outdoors whatever the weather. It is great to have that can do attitude and really enjoy it too. I think your daughter is already taking after you with her love of outside. I hope you do manage some of those summer evening trips out.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, think you get used to the coping with the rain living in Wales! I do love the outdoor person my daughter has become, believe it has given her so much confidence.

  8. Sounds like a great philosophy to have! It really does look like you all make the most of nature and the outdoors whatever life throws at you x

    1. kim says:

      Thank you, if we waited for the sun to spend time outdoors I think we would have a very long wait. Also I live in Wales so rain happens alot! Thank you for commenting.

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