This afternoon I took the children to meet some friends at a local National Trust property. We collected our “50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4” scrapbooks, and set off into the park. After a picnic lunch, we walked along the river looking for somewhere to try and catch a fish. We saw plenty of ducks and geese, but no fish. Tiddler discovered what happens if you grab a nettle, but luckily he also found out that crushing dock leaves in the same hand makes it feel better (or at least it was a nice distraction!)
We managed a few activities on the list – all the children looked inside a tree with a big hole in it (and found lots of spiders’ webs), and balanced on a fallen tree. Owl hunted for bugs, and found an ant and several woodlice. We didn’t manage to get a bird to eat bird seed from our hands, and although the children had fun fishing, all they caught was mud and leaves. When they had had enough of that, we took them to the play area where they enjoyed the zip wire and lots of things to climb on.
On our way out, we collected stickers for our scrapbooks and planted some seeds, before setting off home. It was a lovely afternoon out, and I’m sure we’ll be back there soon. We are also feeling inspired to do as many of the 50 things as possible, so we will be planning some more outdoor activities and making good use of our National Trust membership.