As psychologist Claudia Hammond says, “The more we move away from our regular routine, and the more conscious we are of what we’re doing, the more slowly time seems to pass.”
So, to live in the moment, we need to actively engage the underused conscious parts of our mind – those needed for learning new skills and trying new activities or novel experiences.
This blog post (co-written by Bean11 and me) shows how we incorporated a series of microadventures into our Devon holiday to do just that. … More Microadventures in Devon
There is always an influx of children into the world of home education in September time, so I thought it would be useful to do a post on why homeschool in the first place (bearing in mind that homeschooling in normal times is very different from home education throughout a lockdown experience). Here we look at all the advantages in terms of the academics; mental and physical health; socialisation; flexibility; and family as a whole. … More Why Homeschool?
The Beans are currently obsessed with anything spy related. So, when a friend laid out his idea for a secret spy mission which would see the children navigating themselves across the countryside on foot and by kayak, solving puzzles and collecting important documents on route, I knew this would be right up their street! This post documents their first two missions, along with plans for future assignments. Super simple to set up, hopefully it will inspire you to plan one of your own for some summer spying fun! … More Secret Spy Missions
This week, instead of an adventure holiday in the Lakes which we’d had to cancel, we decided to set ourselves the crazy challenge of completing an endurance week from home… With four days of demanding physical challenges and one day of mental/practical tasks, this week has pushed us all out of our comfort zone both physically and mentally. It’s been fun and tough at the same time, and the kids have been brave, overcoming pain, motivation issues and exhaustion to complete their ambitions. In the process, I’ve watched as their mindsets have strengthened and their self-confidence and self-esteem have bloomed. Read on to find out what we got up to. (Please note that I spent some time ordering the posts into categories, so now you should be able to find a post more easily by clicking on the menu at the top of the site). … More Our Endurance Week from Home
Today for something a little different on the blog. Back in February, we were lucky enough to squeeze in a trip to the most beautiful island of Dominica. Known as the Caribbean’s adventure island, it is without doubt the perfect spot for thrill-seeking families. One of our favourite days was canyoning along a lesser known part of the Titou Gorge – abseiling, traversing and cannonballing along this stunning ravine is a memory that will stick with me forever. Here’s my first attempt at editing a video to give you a taster of this awesome experience! … More Canyoning in Dominica!
For me, the time between Christmas and New Year is one of reflection about what worked well as a family and what we achieved in the year, as well as planning our family goals for 2020. This post documents our commitments for the upcoming year from walking, cycling or kayaking 732 miles to more time outside completing microadventures to service projects helping others. … More Our family goals for 2020
Without doubt, the best part of our recent trip to Marrakech was a two-day hiking excursion outside the city in the nearby High Atlas Mountains. Trekking through this beautiful landscape, with the fragrant smells of the juniper trees, and discovering traditional Berber villages was an experience we’ll never forget! … More Hiking the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
To say we’ve had somewhat of a rocky transition back into normal life in the UK after our three months travelling would be a serious understatement. Visits to various doctors and hospitals (four in total!) have been the order of the day (and completely unrelated to our travels). With so many medical problems going on … More The Welsh Three Peaks: when it’s all going wrong around you, go climb a mountain or three!
On the South Island, the Beans were lucky enough to do a brilliant, hands-on knifemaking course – Bean8’s favourite day in NZ! But we almost didn’t get there, thanks to a storm and a serious landslide…This post documents our adventures. … More Hands-On Learning – A Knifemaking Course!
Despite the difficulty, hiking the 6.5-hour Tongariro Alpine Crossing with the Beans remains one of my favourite memories from New Zealand. Here’s a short post about our experience. … More The Tongariro Alpine Crossing – a test of physical and mental tenacity