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What do you do when stuck in a lift with the kids?

Boys make a human tower

What do you do when stuck in a lift with the kids? Have you ever been stuck in a lift. With your kids? You know like all of them? Is it your idea of heaven or hell? I’d never considered the idea. Until it happened to me. And then, with time on my hands and [...]

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Learning how to be brave: a lesson for parents & kids

Jumping off Savin Kuk in the mountains of Montenegro

Learning how to be brave Do you trust your kids? With their own life? Really? It’s harder than it sounds. I thought I was a relaxed Mum when it came to adventure. But when my daughter started to risk assess for herself, I panicked. A seven year old girl was surely too young to make [...]

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Life begins at the end of your comfort zone… or does it?

Life is not the biggest adventure

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone… or does it? Are you the kind of person that finds even the idea of adventure a little too adventurous? Is your rut too comfortable to dig yourself out of, even if you could be bothered to find a spade? Then you’ll love these ideas for [...]

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On a scooter blowing a hooter… a gift of music

Hannah playing tenor horn at piano

On  a scooter blowing a hooter.. a gift of music It’s the little moments that you remember forever, isn’t it? Not the parties, despite the generous hosts and the seemingly limitless drinking and talking. Not the presents, despite the bows and curls and printed kittens in bobble hats. Not the food, despite the gold and [...]

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Wild Swimming in Crno Jezero, Montenegro

Wild Swimming in Crno Jezero, Montenegro “Adventure is always calling. The question is do you listen?” I saw this quote on an advert outside an adventure company in Zabljak, Montenegro as we walked down to explore Black Lake in the Durmitor National Park. I like to think I listen, at least sometimes, and hope I [...]

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A storming time in Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik Old Town in Storm

Who’s up for a storming time in Dubrovnik? I’m not a foul weather person. Simple as that. Well, not quite. You see it’s not that I don’t like foul weather, it’s more that I don’t like the thought of it. It sends me into a panic, especially if I think we might all get caught [...]

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Getting Kids Outdoors: The Photo Wander Wonder

Photographing Autumn

Getting Kids Outdoors: The Photo Wander Wonder My series of experiments in getting the kids out more continues on a beautiful autumn day in the English Lake District. We find ourselves in the perfect spot for getting a family dose of nature but the kids are unenthused and we’re all stuck sitting in a car. I know [...]

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Adult Animal Onesies. Would you wear one out?

Wolf Onesie in the trees

Adult Animal Onesies. Would you wear one out? We start the week with a Talking Point dedicated to the adult onesie. That troubling, snuggling all in one bedtime outfit that breeds on the shelves of Primark at Christmas, and has now been reinvented in Cashmere by the grand dame of the high street; Marks and [...]

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Adventure Kids. How do you grow an adventurer?

Juvenis Exploratis Seeds of Young Adventurers

Adventure Kids. How do you grow an Adventurer? At a recent Night of Adventure, Kirstie and I stood in front of an audience of several hundred hard core adventurers, you know the kind that have cycled around the world or rowed across the Atlantic. As part of the entertainment we were given six minutes to [...]

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Kids, this House is Closed. Get Outside!

Kids, this House is Closed. Get Outside! My recent grand nature manifesto was full of big words, grand ideas and noble intentions about getting our kids more connected with nature. But how do you actually get kids outdoors? In an attempt to turn my call to action into action, I’ve been trying some little experiments to try [...]

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