Outdoor magic

sawn off trunk

As I type this post, it’s raining. Great weather for slugs, great weather for ducks. Great water-butt filling weather, but not the most inviting weather to encourage the children to go outdoors after a day at school. So when the sun does shine, or even when the rain just stops, we make the most of it and go out and play.ramscombe great woodLast Sunday, the sun did indeed shine. We headed down to Ramscombe Great Wood, near Bridgewater. It’s managed by the Forestry Commission and a great place to spend a day.

looking over wooded valley

We decided to take a walk among the trees first. Following one of the marked walks, along a track, until we couldn’t resist heading up a less well-travelled path. We followed the ditch surrounding the forest, marking the ancient boundary. It made a good walk.

bbq area

Back near the car, we checked out the recreation area. There are b-b-q and picnic benches which would be wonderful to use another time. When we arrived, there were a couple of families enjoying outside get-togethers. One party was so organized. They even had set up a garden pergola.

For the children, the real draw was…….

dam building

…..the stream. They could not wait to build a dam in the stream.  We tried playing pooh sticks from the bridge but it was not quite deep enough to play. The children walked along the stream. Exploring.

building a dam in the stream

I suspect that we could have spent all our time in this stream.

A walk among the trees always lifts the spirits and our Sunday outing was no exception. I love seeing the children work well together and there is no denying it, but this happens best when they are outdoors. Who can blame them.

We may need waterproofs and wellies this weekend, but as sure as eggs are eggs, we’ll find some time to go out and play.

Joining in with #CountryKids.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

24 thoughts on “Outdoor magic

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 12:39 am
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    We’ve had a lot of wind and rain this week too, but it’s great to get out in between the down pours. That looks like a really great forest, I love the picture of your son standing in the trees.

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 1:19 am
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      It is a lovely forest. We’ll definitely be back. Probably with a picnic and a flask of hot chocolate! 🙂

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 3:37 am
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    Looks like a wonderful forest, beautiful. I love the photos of them playing in the stream – that was one of my favourite pastimes when I was that age 🙂

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:31 pm
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      It’s so good to find a forest with great facilities. (There were even loos!) The stream was perfect for a bit of dam building.

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 7:48 am
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    Building a dam is one of the 50things we have yet to do.
    Looks like a great place and they had lots of fun.

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:35 pm
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      I’m not surprised dam building is a difficult one to complete. Finding the right sort of stream is challenging. We haven’t been doing the 50things, but middling’s teacher has now set it as homework.

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 10:14 am
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    we are on waterproof mission this week really for the wet weather x

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:41 pm
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      It’s that time of year! Mud season is just around the corner. Waterproofs make it more fun. 😀

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 11:08 am
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    Ohh I need to go and find a stream shallow enough for the kids to do this, looks fabulous. Mich x

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:42 pm
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      It is good fun. Much easier when it is shallow! 🙂

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 12:33 pm
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    Who can blame them for wanting to stay there and play, it’s a wonderful place to explore. You could quite easily spend a whole day there with either a picnic or a bbq. Thanks for sharing your outdoor adventures with Country Kids.

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:44 pm
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      Absolutely. I think I’m rediscovering how much the children like to stay on one spot and explore. A picnic and a flask of chocolate would be good next time.

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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    How lovely for them to build a dam. Perfect entertainment for young kids!

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:45 pm
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      It is great entertainment. They could have played for hours. 🙂

  • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 8:53 pm
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    What a lovely day! My kids had lots of fun damming up a stream on the beach this summer, it’s amazing how hard they concentrated to make the perfect construction!

    • Saturday 14 September, 2013 at 9:58 pm
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      I know exactly what you mean. For a temporary structure, a lot of thought went into their dam. Wonderful to see.

  • Sunday 15 September, 2013 at 12:01 am
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    beautiful photos of a wonderful outing!!
    thanks for sharing!

    • Monday 16 September, 2013 at 9:18 am
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      Oh Melissa, thank you. It is a beautiful place. Hoping to go back when the leaves change.

  • Sunday 15 September, 2013 at 8:47 am
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    That looks like loads of fun.
    Great pics 🙂

    • Monday 16 September, 2013 at 9:17 am
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      Thanks Karen. It was fun.

  • Monday 16 September, 2013 at 10:25 pm
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    What a fab time you all had! I love the photo of your son standing in the trees looking out. Its a great photo, very moody.

    Looks like they made a very good dam 🙂 Good team work!

    • Tuesday 17 September, 2013 at 11:40 am
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      Thanks, Sonia. I like that photo too. 🙂

  • Wednesday 18 September, 2013 at 5:48 pm
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    Oh it makes me miss walks in the countryside back in the UK!!

    Dropping by from Country Kids

    • Wednesday 18 September, 2013 at 11:23 pm
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      So many wonderful places to walk – on both sides of the Pond. 🙂

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