Yesterday afternoon, we went out to blow off some cobwebs with a walk in the woods. We took a few things with us on our walk this time.
A few weeks ago, I picked up a Bug Hunt Jar with 50% off in Wilko’s for £1.50. Seth saw it on the side as we left the house and asked if he could bring it along. Last time we attempted bug hunting as part of an organised event themed around Superworm at a local Nature Reserve, it was a total washout.
I guess an important lesson I have learned is, ‘don’t buy your kid bug hunting equipment if your not a massive fan of bugs!’
I put into practice a few tips the volunteers had shown us at the nature reserve. Picking up rocks and branches from the ground, and also pulling back any bark on the trees that is already peeling back. I was very jumpy whilst doing this, and wish our hunt had been more fruitful to make all the nervousness worthwhile. In the end we caught a couple of woodlouse and a dead spider. Daddy caught up with us after work mid-walk and helped us to add to our tally a centipede and a slug. Seth had a good look at them through the magnifying lid of the jar before we carefully emptied them back out into the woods.
We also took along on our walk a few craft supplies. We used some crayons and chalk to make some tree and leaf rubbings with varying success! Seth had insisted on wearing his fireman hat on our walk, although he swapped it for his bobble hat pretty quickly when he nearly lost it to the wind. It came in handy for collecting up some Autumn leaves so we can dry them out and do something arty with them next week. I’m looking forward to using some brighter colours than the ones we’ve been using to do Halloween crafts. Bye bye black paint!
We crunched in leaves, said hello to our local horses along the way and spotted the last of this season’s blackberries. (Seth point blank refused my requests to use his fireman hat to collect these blackberries so there are no foraged fruits to add to my freezer stash!) All in all, it was a lovely Autumn walk to somewhere we go often. Just what we needed after a day cooped up indoors waiting for the Health Visitor.