17th April 2017 – Trill Farm

We went to the Easter egg hunt at Trill Farm, which involved searching for coloured paper eggs around the gardens and along the stream. Once exchanged for a bag of chocolate eggs and with the kids getting steadily more hyper, we enjoyed some cake whilst chatting to friends.

Total wild time – 2 hoursIMG_0360

15th April 2017 – Alice in Wonderland at Forde Abbey

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We had a lovely morning at Forde Abbey, where the gardens were filled with tens of thousands of tulips, orchids and singing Song Thrushes, as well as people dressed up as characters from Alice in Wonderland. We followed the trail, found the clues and the kids were duly rewarded with chocolate eggs. Whilst we were searching we found a beautiful Oil Beetle crawling about in the grass. I bought a Wisteria from the nursery and once home, I planted it. Hopefully it will grow and make our house look beautiful for years to come.

Total wild time – 2 hours

14th April 2017 – A dead Badger

I took Izzy pony-riding and we were having a lovely time, but we passed a dead Badger on the side of the road, which Izzy talked about for a long time afterwards. I explained that it had probably been run over by a car and she said, “People shouldn’t kill animals, they should look after them.”

A few minutes from home, Cracker coughed whilst Izzy was trotting and she fell off, grazing her elbow and back on the road. Brave little thing that she is, she was soon giggling again, finding it funny when Cracker pulled a long string of Cleavers from the hedge to munch on. She got back in the saddle and said it hadn’t put her off.

IMG_0340Total wild time – 1.5 hours

13th April 2017 – Tulips

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In the morning we visited my grandparents and the kids raced around their garden for a while, before going home to watch E’s new Tractor Ted in the Summertime DVD. Then, we went to my parents’ house and the kids picked some of Grandmum’s tulips to bring home. Grandad found an egg (probably Wood Pigeon) in the garden.

Total wild time – about 1 hour in total

10th April 2017 – Garden experiments

We spent the morning doing experiments in the garden. We made a volcano by mixing vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in a bottle, which the kids loved. We also tested whether water in a glass warmed up more quickly on white paper or black paper. I was most surprised to see how much water was produced by leaves in a cling-filmed bowl in the sunshine.

Total wild time – about 1 hour

9th April 2017 – Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve

IMG_0333We explored Lower Bruckland Nature Reserve in the sunshine and it would have been peaceful without the kids! E shouted at the ducks, Izzy complained about wanting a drink, the scratchy grass, having tired legs… but that was all forgotten every time she spotted a butterfly. And there were Orange-tips, Peacocks, Speckled Woods and Brimstones fluttering about. We could hear a Tawny Owl hooting from somewhere nearby and I was very excited to see Swallows for the first time this year.

Total wild time – about 1.5 hours

8th April 2017 – Harvest Mice, Kestrels and Sandcastles

IMG_0325We started the day at Seaton Wetlands, where the kids scooted and biked to the Discovery Hut. We had come to see the captive Harvest Mice and the Kestrel nest box cam. Afterwards, we drove to Lyme Regis, where we played on the sandy beach. Izzy delighted in digging a ‘Daddy pit’, which we covered with a towel and encouraged B to sit on. We paddled in the sea, where, weirdly, a goose was hanging about. Then, we built a course for some golf-balls, like a giant marble run, before E trashed it with a toy digger.

There was then a lot of whingeing and so we set off for home, where the kids changed out of their wet, sandy clothes, before going to Grandmum and Grandad’s house, where Izzy made a butterfly out of Hazel twigs and they both did pastel drawings. We found zillions of Slow-worms under some roofing felt in the garden.IMG_0329

Total wild time – about 4 hours