Mama OWL Blog: We're going on a dragon hunt

We're going on a dragon hunt

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

As a family we really enjoy our walks. Although as the kids have grown up we have done it less, it seems. There is always something to do or somewhere to go and we haven't just made the time to pull on our boots and go for a trudge through the woods or along the river. Which is a shame, because as I said, we have always enjoyed just going for a walk.

A walk is simple. It takes you wherever you want to go, with whoever you want to be with. You can talk, you can enjoy the scenery, you can explore and find and climb and see and do. Bear hunts, dragon chasing, puddle jumping, tree climbing, nature watching. It is whatever you make it, there is no expectation. It's just a walk.

A favourite family walk of mine was a couple of years ago, to Shearwater. On a whim we hopped in the car, slung E in her carrier and off we went! It was a beautiful day and there was so much to see.
The children had hours of fun running through the long grass, balancing on logs, exploring in the trees. L was certain that there were dragons hiding in the woods!

We found lots of places that were perfect for a dragon hideaway, and broken branches that meant that one must have been there just before us! He raced along the path at top speed with H in hot pursuit, desperate to see one for himself. A & J skipped through the trees ahead of them, pointing out flattened patches of grass and cosy corners where dragons might live, joining in with their game.

The magic in nature was there for us to enjoy, all we had to do was go and look for it. We didn't need computers or games or toys. Just us, and the trees.

And the dragons.


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30 comments:

  1. Spontaneous days out are the absolute best sometimes - hope you found some dragons!

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    1. It really was one of my most favourite family days out, some great memories!

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  2. Gorgeous! I love that a simple walk can make for such a memorable day out.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, there's nothing better! It's free, the kids can run on ahead without us constantly calling them back, good exercise - it's the best :)

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  3. Nothing like a good dragon hunt

    Mollyxxx

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    1. I wholeheartedly agree Molly, who needs bears?! ;)

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  4. Lovely post. Some of my favourite family memories are walks. Love the photo x

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    1. Thank you! The best things in life really are free I think :)

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  5. We once went hunting bears on a mountain - because we all know that bears live in caves and you find caves on mountains. She was very disappointed that we didn't find one though. I wasn't of course lol.

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    1. Haha yes, that could have been interesting! Maybe would have ended up being more of a RUN! Haha x

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  6. Absolutely agree. And on a quiet day in the holidays, that's exactly what we do. Amazing how the wonder of nature never changes over the decades....just the wonder of the latest technology!

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  7. Couldn't agree more Suzanne! x

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  8. It really was, we plan to go there again this Spring! x

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  9. i've got that story stuck in my head now ''we're going on a bear hunt, we're going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we're not scared...'' and this story actually came up in conversation on our walk!

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  10. Haha, it's a favourite story here but L is a massive dragon fan! It's a great story to tell on walks!

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  11. Beautiful post. We often go hunting for bears in the woods near us.

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  12. i love spontaneous walks! great picture :-)

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  13. Thank you very much, it is amazing where the imagination can take you!

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  14. We do too, I'm sad that we haven't taken the time that we used to but maybe that can change when the weather gets a bit better. Thank you!

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  15. What wonderfully imaginative kids. Lovely post

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    1. Thank you, I love that they all joined in too & made it fun for each other :)

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  16. That place looks awesome! we dont do dragons in our house usually have to find a bat cave.... joy!

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    1. Haha, that's a new one! At least you have a chance of seeing some bats?!

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  17. Lovely post. Love simple days like that. Hope they caught up with the dragon in the end?

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    1. Thank you, unfortunately not, but that just meant we could look for him another day :)

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  18. Love this, fresh air, freedom, family time and imagination! Exactly what childhood should be made of.

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  19. It is funny how a bit if imagination can lift a walk from drudgery into an adventure. I love it!

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