March 2013


A strange thing I spotted recently.

A discarded piece of board with a rather unfunny joke stencilled on it – “Don’t use a big word where a diminutive example is adequate.” along with a sticker.

I can find no reference to what it might be about on the net (when did that last happen?).

The phrase Jokes, Girls and Wood. seems to be one generated by artist Stefan Br├╝ggemann some time ago.

But other than that I can find nothing.



Little Boots likes a TV programme called Adventure Time. I hate it. It has no redeeming features as far as I’m concerned. But that is the nature of things. Parents and children like different things. You can’t force children to adopt your view on things, but often you can nurture something that is within us all.

So I’m pleased to say, that there has been a definite swing towards the outdoors and adventure here at Boot Hall over the last few weeks.

This has been spurred by a number of things. Firstly by cubs scouts and starting to learn about maps, then allied to that watching Chief Scout Bear Grylls on TV clambering over and through stuff and making shelters out of sticks. Add to those the strong impact made by a programme on Parkour (or free-running) and we have a dynamic group of ingredients.

As a result in the last week and a half we had a six mile yomp that Little Boots had planned followed by an outing to the woods with a friend. Trees were climbed (although snow boots are not the best footwear for this), badger holes examined and discussed, this shelter was built, soup was consumed (tasting better outside than it ever could indoors), and a very complicated game was acted out, involving orcs, tribes and pine cone hand grenades.


Even a subsequent trip to a nearby city to buy better hiking/climbing shoes became an explosion of fun as every wall and piece of street furniture was examined for its potential as a scaleable obstacle.

Whilst LB has always been encouraged to do things in the open air, be that gardening, fishing, or exploring it’s nice to see it bearing fruit as I know some parents struggle to get their kids to engage with the Real World.

Not that I pretend to have all (or indeed many) of the answers, and I still actively seek out ideas and pursuits that will promote a deep love of the outdoors. As such this post on The Big Outdoors is great, as are many others on that blog, and I welcome the National Trust’s Outdoor Nation movement/scheme, even if the site is a bit dull and worthy (and feels like it states the obvious quite a lot).

Meanwhile Little Boots has plans – I just hope we can do them justice.