A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

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, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Last week we went to Scolton Manor with Aunty Jo.  On this day trip she was nine weeks post stroke and walking around (no stick needed!) and only a few rest stops (which we all needed anyway!).

Here, Rebecca, leads her around the maze!

We had a lovely picnic first, then went on the woodland walk in the opposite direction to the way we usually go!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids


 Izzy found her way out of the maze!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Older brother and sisters come in so handy to help Izzy up climbing frames and walls.

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Izzy kept gifting us all with sticks- thanks Izzy!  Much appreciated!  Jo has had quite enough of walking sticks recently but kindly accepted the woodland ones!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

I keep meaning to do some craft based on all the patterns we see in nature on our day trips but struggle to find the time once we get home.  I love patterns made by the trees…

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

…and spotty ladybirds and stripy caterpillars!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

I have lost count of how many photos I have of this tree  hideyhole on my blog…I think it will make a great video one day if I merge them all of the different kids over the years!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

We built a den, of course! It’s quite funny that as soon as the kids are deep in the woods they start instinctively “collecting” logs and branches for shelter and fire.  

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

We always have fun playing “role play” games in the Owl House, such as “Cafe” or “Shop”.  I think I’ll pack a picnic basket with hot chocolate, cream, marshmallows and sprinkles up in half term and they can “Serve up” everyone’s orders!    

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

When we’re out and about we have to watch for signs of Danny getting tired due to his heart condition (he goes dusky and blue) so I really admire the fact that the energy he does have, he is kind enough to share with his sisters by carrying them when they are tired.  

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Rebecca is really good company too on a long walk, chatting away solving all our problems…

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

The kids love to lay by the ditch.  They make bridges, dens and more friends, although it is interesting to note the natural girl/boy divide in kids of Danny’s age. Danny can usually get my girls into the game by saying “they’re my sisters- they’re alright!”. 

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

It’s great how they think they are just playing but really they are problem solving and socialising- such great life skills!  Rebecca’s bridge wasn’t as sturdy as it could have been (Danny later came and strengthened it) but it worked and she had a go and got across!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Then lastly we went to the play park before an ice cream and home.

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

Another lovely simple day!

 Once again I am now hitting a “holiday panic”!  I feel like I haven’t accomplished enough this holidays and we seem to have had a few more “home days” than usual while I have worked or tidied (which desperately needed to be done!) but I keep reminding myself that the holidays is not the end of “Country Kids” fun- weekend day trips are even more appreciated throughout term time especially during the Winter months.

And maybe, just maybe, once the bad weather returns we will get a chance to get all crafty once again too!

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

, A Woodland Walk at Scolton Manor with Jo #countrykids

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