Thursday, 9 August 2012

Camps and Dens




Yesterday we had Ruby's cousin round for a sleepover.  Ruby desperately wanted to take him to the woods and make a den and a campfire, so we packed some essentials of off we went.

We're so lucky to have a beautiful wood just ten minutes walk from our house, and they spent the short walk collecting 'fire wood' and dried leaves.




Through the kissing gate - you do know there's a LAW which says you have to kiss when passing through one of these gates don't you?  Well, maybe not a law, but I'm pretty sure it's in the Country Code.



We wandered through the woodland paths, the dappled sun guiding our way.  Before you start congratulating me on my den-building prowess, I must confess, this was already here.  We merely squatted for a while.



They lay out some cosy blankets inside and they set about building their fire.  I'm not TOTALLY irresponsible, it wasn't a real fire, but we made it look realistic with some light sticks and tissue paper for flames.


They had great fun hunting for sticks and twigs to feed the fire, and pretended to light it scout-style by rubbing sticks.



I found a comfy log a safe distance away, and let them play.  Is there anything better than listening to kids in their imaginary world, just chattering away?  They spoke to each other on imaginary walkie-talkies, with lots of 'over and outs', before finally snuggling down for sandwiches and hot chocolate.





Such a gorgeous afternoon.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays CornwallLinking up with Country Kids over at Coombe Mill.

16 comments:

  1. Aww Liz it looks like they had an amazing time! x

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  2. That looks fantastic! I love getting the kids out in the woods much better than a theme park (and cheaper!)

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  3. That looks like proper good old-fashioned fun! x

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    1. Talk about back to basics! So nice to 'unplug' for a while :0)

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  4. Awwww, that looks like so much fun, and I love your fire! xx

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    1. Aw thanks. We were chuffed with our fire, the glowsticks were perfect. Course, we had a LOOOONNNGG discussion about it being litter - she wanted to leave it for someone else to find! We cleared the paper and glow sticks and took them home, couldn't bear a deer chewing on one of those bad boys! Lord knows what nasties are in there!

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    2. 'Bear'? 'Bare'! I'm obsessed with woodland animals now!

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    1. Thanks Susan - I had to talk them out of wanting to sleep overnight in it!

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  6. Such a lovely account of a fun day in the woods. ruby is looking so grown up since we saw here back in March! Just wait it will only be a matter of time before that camp fire is a real fire and they are requesting the bag of marshmallows to go with it! thank you for linking to Country Kids.

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    1. Ahh always a pleasure - I love your Country Kids Linky x

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  7. Used to soooooooooooo love making dens as a child. We are lucky enough to have a wood right near to us too. Sounds like a great day.

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  8. Looks like they had the best time. We also found a fab den like that just a while back. Mich x

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