The National Trust launched a UK nationwide campaign to encourage sofa-bound children to get outside, exploring and having adventures. Among the list of activities is bug-hunting and playing conkers…..
Well, you guessed it. The child in me had to check out the list to see how adventurous my life has been.
1. Climb a tree – Yes, and scraped my knee!
2. Roll down a really big hill – Yes, when you are small any hill seems BIG!
3. Camp out in the wild – Slept in a tent in a field with cows for neighbours
4. Build a den – Often
5. Skim a stone – A regular game when near water
6. Run around in the rain – In Ireland? Sure it was always raining!
7. Fly a kite – A great big bright yellow box kite
8. Catch a fish with a net – A challenge yet to try. 🙁
9. Eat an apple straight from a tree – Yes, we had ten apple trees at the lower end of our garden. Mind you, it was not as much fun as boxing the fox* at baldy Doyle’s!
10. Play conkers – Every autumn we collected, polished, then strung them before playing the games
11. Throw some snow –Yes, but I only lasted about five minutes out in the snow as a child, it was way too cold for me.
12. Hunt for treasure on the beach – Yes, at every chance I got, and I still do when I get the chance
13. Make a mud pie – Doesn’t everyone at one time make one?
14. Dam a stream – With my brothers, it was fun
15. Go sledging – This is one I missed out on, not sure the bones would appreciate it these days. 🙁
16. Bury someone in the sand – We tried to cover daddy in sand, but he was over six foot long and he would get bored easily!
17. Set up a snail race – No and I didn’t eat them either like the boy next door!
18. Balance on a fallen tree – Yes, once to cross a river
19. Swing on a rope swing – Yes, and through a car tyre hung from a tree with a rope
20. Make a mud slide – Not yet, but I have slidden (is that a word?) in mud!
21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild – Yes, and came home with half my face purple to prove it! Now I no longer like them.
22. Take a look inside a tree – Yes, there was nobody home!
23. Visit an island – I live on an Island. Does that count? Aran Island, The Balearics, The Canaries, Funen in Denmark and Malta. Is that enough? One of these days I might make it to Rathlin, off the coast of County Antrim.
24. Feel like you are flying in the wind – Yes. Every second day in Ireland!
25. Make a grass trumpet – Yes I have tried blowing on a blade of grass between my thumbs to sound like a trumpet.
26. Hunt for fossils and bones – I am nearly there and I did find a Fossil shop a couple of weeks ago! 😉
27. Watch the sun come up – I did in the Wicklow hills, all dressed up in my finery after a formal dance! Who was I with? If I have to think… then he didn’t matter.
28. Climb a huge hill – Cave hill right up to Napoleon’s Nose! Time I did it again!
29. Get behind a waterfall – Have to leave something for another day!
30. Feed a bird from your hand – Yes. In my garden a good few years ago.
31. Hunt for bugs – Many times with my young neighbour
32. Find some frogspawn – I did and thought it slimy. We called Tapioca pudding frogspawn.
33. Catch a butterfly in a net – No, but they often come and land on me when I am sitting in the garden.
34. Track wild animals – Do Toyboys count?
35. Discover what’s in a pond – By falling in!
36. Call an owl – Yes, but they don’t understand ‘grannymarish’!
37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool – Love to do that as I scramble over rocks.
38. Bring up a butterfly – Alas they flay away.
39. Catch a crab – No! I didn’t let any catch me either.
40. Go on a nature walk at night – Short ones. Boy do you meet some rum characters!
41. Plant it, grow it, eat it – I did. Did I ever tell you about Elly and the potato?
42. Go wild swimming – Nope! Not for me. I get goose pimples thinking about it.
43. Go rafting – Water involved again? That will be a No then!
44. Light a fire without matches – Yes, using the rays of the sun (it did shine once in Ireland!!!) on paper through a magnifying glass.
45. Find your way with a map and a compass – I did. Elly, I wonder why that reminds me of Knockagh?
46. Try bouldering – I grow them in my garden!
47. Cook on a camp-fire – Baked spuds and rhubarb
48. Try abseiling – I threatened to do so down the outside of the Europa Hotel at the Blog Awards last year.
Play geocache** – Why use a machine when I have one inbuilt = A BRAIN!
Canoe down a river – Neither up nor down. Water again
* boxing the fox = Stealing fecking apples from someone else’s tree.
** geocache = A hi-tech form of hide and seek using a GPS receiver to locate hidden treasure.
So how did you do?