An adventure amongst the Yews.

 

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Oh how I love the weekend. Sebastian and I made a promise to ourselves and the children to get out into nature every weekend. It is such escapism for us, it’s exactly what we need to reset before another busy week begins.

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This week, we went on an adventure to one of the oldest yew forests in Western Europe. In fact, the mighty yews are so ancient that they are some of the oldest living things in Britain. This really is childhood unplugged.

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The woodland is full of dens made by other children who have delighted in the old yews before us.

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Off to add another log to the den.

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Francis really wore himself out grubbing about in the leaves. He gummed away at a bit of old twig. He’s cutting his molars this week and boy do we know about it.

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More gumming!

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Lot’s of the trees have fallen down in storms or old age; it is fascinating to look at the web of roots exposed and a superb opportunity to teach children about what goes on underfoot.

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The best thing about the great Yews? They make brilliant climbing frames. The branches are low and twisted and call out to be clambered upon.

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Checking out the moss and the mushrooms. Oh how I love the squidgy leg poking out above his boot.

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Rufus digging in the mud. At this point Francis was wailing because he wanted his nap and we were begging him to come home but only a slice of biscotti could lure him away.

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Sebastian is my hero on long walks. The children always get super tired and beg to be carried.

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Francis thought it was brilliant to be out of his Ergo and to be carried like this. Though not so easy for Daddy!

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It’s adorable how Rufus takes so much delight in walking through nature. He will often trail behind, digging in a ditch for that special twig or hunting for a rogue bear and then all of a sudden run up behind me and slip his little hand in mine. I never want those moments to end.

On the ride home the children dozed and we listened to some Iron and Wine as I felt the weekend slipping through my fingers. I hope you had a good weekend too,

E

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Mother’s Day

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How was your Mother’s Day? I was woken up by rosy-cheeked Rufus and Francis clambering onto our bed with some beautiful pink roses and a cup of tea. My favourite mornings are those that start with everyone piling into our bed and absorbing those first few moments of morning tranquillity. But not for long! Soon the bags were packed, children bundled up and picnic made, we were on the road to an open-air museum near by.

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Rufus loved running around the old houses being a ‘museum detective’. He especially loved trying the bread which was baked on an open fire inside a house.

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Francis spent a lot of the time in his Ergo on Daddy’s back eating dried fruit. He goes through kilos of the stuff every week! Look at his black eye he got when we had to make a visit to the doctors recently. Poor baby tripped and banged his face on the metal bed frame.

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We also got a taste of freshly baked biscuits made with the wholemeal flour that is stoneground there.

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It’s so sweet to watch Francis begin to explore the world on his own. Inspecting each stone or leaf so attentively. Roll on the warmer months of bare feet and less bundling. Though I do adore him in that woolly hat.

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Check out my Mother’s day gift. We believe it is important for the children to think about what they would like to give other people on special occasions. It teaches them to think outwardly and gives them ownership of their choices. Rufus was dead set on giving mummy a car. What else could be more necessary and cherished than a car. I am very flattered.

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It was a marvellous day. There is no better feeling than getting into bed, having spent the day gazing upon the hills and the trees and drinking in the clean March air that we are so grateful for.

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Hope you had a great day. I’m looking forward to catching up with reading and baking over this coming weekend.