Hunting in Hedgerows

Hunting in Hedgerows We love the colours of spring! It suddenly seems as if the hedgerows have burst into colour with yellows and pinks framed by fresh green leaves. Our biggest Little Trekker took me on a colour hunt up and around our countryside lanes. We collected hazel poles and stomped and swung our way through old walkways crowded with primroses, dandelions, celandines and pink campion. Ramona was inspired by all the colour and wanted to make a picture from them…choosing wild garlic leaves for a frame. The scent of garlic followed us on our walk and back to the house where pockets were found to be full of more of this wonderfully pungent plant…tasty! All along the banks of the hedge were animal holes – some huge, some tiny, some with footprints, some with piles of fresh earth – all worth a peek inside. We guessed at badger, rabbit, mouse, maybe even a fox, but would need a midnight walk to really find out…one day maybe.Our walk ended at the beach and, following from the Little Trekkers ‘jumping week’, we had our own jumping contests, finding the best places to leap from and highest shapes to make! From muddy bank, to barnacle rock, Ramona definitely got air! Our landings got steadily better too, from sprawled heap, to tidy roll. Returning to home, we found Eomer awake and refreshed from his nap. And up a ladder. I made a trial twig ladder for Forest School and it’s become a huge favourite with both my Little Trekkers and hasn’t so far left the front garden! Eomer stands at the top watching the birds dashing to and fro and peeking into next door.Further up the garden, our spring colours extended to wooden colour disks and finding matching flowers or leaves to tuck inside. We had blues, reds, greens and pinks but yellow is certainly the colour of this spring moment…what other colours will emerge as spring grows on?! Written by Ruth Lively-Masters on Thursday, 11 April 2013. Posted in South West beach, flora and fauna, forest schools, product review, wildlife Related Articles Signs of Life Returning About the Author Ruth Lively-Masters About Me & MineHaving lived in N. Devon for the last 12 years, we recently moved across to the other side of the world and now live in New Zealand on the North Island. Our adventurous family includes my husband Phil and 2 small cheeky children Ramona 8½ and Eomer 5½. I have a wonderful day job as Lead teacher in the sensory unit of an SEN school and spend as much time as possible outside, exploring nature and environments both on our doorstep and further afield. Favourite place in the world Hmm, that's really tough! I loved the west coast forests of British Columbia in Canada, such a humbling, incredible place - tall trees right down to the big ocean waves. There's a whole lot of other places I'd love to explore though...moving to New Zealand has opened up a whole world of new adventures and we’re slowly finding new favourites to add to the list. Sea, mountains and forests in any combination please!Favourite things to do outdoors Again, lots of favourites. Definitely a mix between walking, cycling, surfing, camping and exploring, combined with taking time to notice detail of a place, hear the sounds and absorb the changes over time and seasons. Active and quiet times are both invigorating for different reasons. Comments (1) Jay Greengrass 14 April 2013 at 21 29 | # This is my absolute favourite time of year, when all the colours start to explode. The beautiful colours in your photos are making me impatient for Spring to properly arrive up North, now! reply Leave a comment You are commenting as guest. Submit comment jQuery(function($) { $('#comments').Comment({ cookiePrefix

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