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More Butterflies!

All of our butterflies had finally emerged as of last night. The only one we saw was, sadly, the one from the night before that had seemed stuck. It was definitely stuck, it had been trying to get out for a day so in the end I helped it down from the wall of the enclosure and took the last of the [...]
Hopefully the one emerging will make it, it's one wing (showing) has been getting better during the night, but very slowly


The sequel to Caterpillars! Yes they have hatched, they hatched out last night! One of them was still trying to get out as we went to bed, and 2 have yet to start hatching. (more…)
22nd July


With Britain’s butterflies facing their worst year ever wouldn’t it be great to raise a few yourself in the safety of your home and then release them into the wild? One of our friends found a kit where you can do just that and bought it for Bella (my daughter) for her birthday. The kit (butterfly [...]
Fun in the woods!

Great Weekend!

We have just had a warm, sunny, fun filled weekend! On Saturday, during a spring clean we were able to sit our for a late breakfast in the garden, on Sunday we went out to The Lookout at Bracknell for a day of science (I bought another pocket microscope…….. (more…)
Bright pink strawberry planters, Bella's favourite colour!

Planting time!

Last weekend (well, the one before last) we put a planter and some meadow seed down in our eyesore of a garden, and this weekend Bella and I added some more plants! Below are some photos of what we got up to. As well as planing potato’s we also planted some peas (which will grow up the deck [...]
A proud Daddy and Bella


As well as building a planter and putting some home-made composlime in it this weekend we also planted some meadow seed. We have not had anything growing in our garden for the past 2 or so years (ever since we took up the membrane and gravel that used to cover the garden), I don’t know if this is [...]
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Walk in the woods

For our (me and Bella) first walk in the woods this year I thought Bella could control the camera and take photo’s of whatever she found interesting. I may have helped to hold it but the gallery of images below were all taken by Bella (except for the bottles). We started looking at mole hills, and [...]
The photo Bella took (all by herself)


For my first post of the new year I thought I’d add a photo Bella took today at the Chestnut Centre, Chapel-en-le-Frith, plus a few others of the deer I took. The centre also has lots of otters, foxes and wild birds from all over the world, and we were very glad it was open on New Years day (we [...]
A proud daughter!

Child-manufactured Firesteel

First of all I should say that this post was written on the 30th of November and then scheduled for publication today, so sorry if this post seems to have missed out on some major planetary event (such as a zombie invasion or early 2012 apocalypse). If those things have happened then I am very [...]
Bella holds an owl!

Mini review of the year

As we come to the end of the year I thought I’d do a post about a few things we did with Bella that I didn’t do a post on but would like to include in my records/ ideas of children’s outdoorsy activities. (more…)
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