When nature just isn’t as interesting as a facial experiment.
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A proverb

Posted by on April 15, 2013
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”  ~ Unknown
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Just listening… [video 0:16]

Posted by on April 5, 2013
…to the seabirds at Flamborough Head.
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Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised about the disconnect between children and nature, when it seems we’re not listening to them about what they actually want from their outdoor spaces. Studies by Professor Catharine Ward Thompson and her colleagues at the OPENspace research centre at the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt have found...
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This adventure was in August 2011. The two older boys were nine, the youngest six. We walked  from Graig Wen campsite in Snowdonia, up some of Fox’s Path, to Llyn Cau lake and pitched the tents there, having arranged things meteorologically so that the boys could enjoy pelting rain and glorious evening sunshine within the space of a few moments....
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The botfly of doom [video 5:33]

Posted by on February 26, 2013
Show your children this brilliant and compulsive viewing: Charlie Hamilton James and Philippa Forester get a botfly larva out of Charlie’s scalp. The bit I love most is how completely fascinated their sons are. When the botfly larva finally comes out, one child is on his knees in his school uniform searching the ground for it. And that computer...
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Five things to ask of puddle ice

Posted by on February 23, 2013
Can you hold it? Can you see through it?   Could you skin a cat with it? Can you sculpt it with finger heat?   With nose heat? … and more smashing fun.
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Green exercise should be considered as one of the first steps in a range of health interventions. What we seem to know instinctively – that being exposed to nature is somehow good for us – is increasing being backed up by scientific evidence. “There is growing evidence to show that exposure to nature brings substantial mental health...
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Video review: John Deere Snow Cruiser

Posted by on January 30, 2013
Every dump of snow nowadays seems to herald another, less delightful dump – that of the jagged, discarded remains of cheap plastic sledges, abandoned in parks and on pavements. So I decided to look for something more sustainable. This tough John Deere Snow Cruiser wasn’t any faster than the other sledges – if anything, it sets off...
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Snowman beheading

Posted by on January 19, 2013
This was the morning’s fun. An hour later, I saw a couple taking photos of each other with ‘our’ snowmen, which gave me a warm glow. Two hours later, both snowmen were headless, their heads apparently kicked off; the warm glow vanished.
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