May the Fourth be with you!

First of all a very wild and warm welcome to all the new readers who signed up for the i-Spy giveaway before Easter (the winner was Alison from Yorkshire who’s looking forward to using the books with her son and Cub pack – Congratulations Alison!)

This is Country Kids, where you can find out what we’ve been up to at Kids of the Wild as well as joining in the outdoor linky co-hosted by Louise from Little Hearts Big Love, Helena from Queen of Collage and me here at Kids of the Wild.

NOTE FOR REGULAR READERS – #CountryKids is a bloggers community post, aimed mainly at fellow outdoor bloggers. A linky is where bloggers can promote their work – a collection of different bloggers’ writing in one place.

Outdoor family bloggers please click HERE or on ‘Inlinkz Link Party’ further down the page (see guidelines below) to add your blog post and find great reads by other bloggers

At Kids of the Wild This Week

It’s all happening here this week!

On Monday I had my first ever commissioned article published in The Times, about Caroline’s cancer journey, so I can now officially call myself a ‘writer.’ Quite an emotional day. You can read the article here; I’m told it needs a trigger alert for tissues!

This was followed by the start of our pond digging – Caroline herself removed turf from the whole perimeter so we could check out the shape – and the second week of her gardening club which was planting Bee Bombs and a hazel tree for coppicing plus bird feeding. Post coming soon, why not catch up first on our gardening plans here.

A hospital visit on Wednesday was our first encounter with the endochrinologist to begin monitoring Caroline’s hormones towards puberty (in case of possible radiotherapy damage to the pituitary gland), and on Thursday I gave my first ever public speech, again about cancer, for Children with Cancer UK legacy supporters after which we rushed back for firelighting and sausage-cooking in the woods at Cubs and yesterday I volunteered at Beach School for the first time. Phew! A week of firsts.

The only post I’ve had time to write was a review for BritMums of Beatrix Potter gifts (it’s not live yet but you can check out my BritMums outdoor adventure camping round-up here) and now I’m on a mad catch-up for Kids of the Wild!

Image of girl pouring water from watering can onto soil in allotment vegetable patch

My post in this week’s linky is about our restorative Good Friday walk when we joined friends and Northern Cross on the final leg of their 5-day Easter pilgrimage across Holy Island’s causeway, barefoot in the mud! We both got to carry the cross a couple of times too.

Caroline’s in training for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund run which we’re taking part in on May 19th. You can join us to run or sponsor us/donate at Just Giving. North east bloggers why not come and run with us?!

About #Country Kids

Country Kids is a supportive blogging community, set up by Coombe Mill’s Fiona, to share outdoor posts and discover fresh inspiration for your family’s future outdoor adventures in the wild, whether in your garden or an African savannah.

Guidelines for Joining #CountryKids

Here’s a reminder of the rules:-

  • Link up every Saturday to Thursday, midnight to midnight
  • Post must be ‘outdoorsy’ – in the garden, park, woods, beach, country & urban (barns & tents count as outdoors!) with outdoor craft, learning, exploring and playing all welcome
  • Please comment on all the host posts and a minimum of 2 others of your choice
  • Please use #CountryKids when commenting
  • Please add the badge so others know where to link up
  • Posts must be made live within the last 2 months. Catch-up posts about old adventures are fine but the publish date should be within 2 months
  • If you have more than 3 posts please consider linking over a few weeks.

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Highlight and copy the html code and drop it into your blog. If you have any problems give one of us a yell.

Country Kids badge - Little Hearts, Big Love, Queen of Collage, Kids of the Wild


Top Commenters & Favourite Posts

Thanks to all the lovely bloggers who join in and share their writing with us. There’s some great talent out there!

Favourite posts this week: 

  • Mine was Four Acorn’s Easter egg hunt in the bluebell woods at Urney Fort 
  • Louise’s favourite post was Northumberland Mam’s post sharing a family walk around Ashington Community Woods. I enjoyed this too and was pleased to see another northern blogger joining Country Kids

Top commenters this week are: –

Kim from Northumberland Mam, Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One, Fiona from Coombe Mill and Annette from Four Acorns with 6 comments each.
Everyone shared the blog love this week, thank you.

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Here are this weeks pics over on Instagram; wild kids enjoying some happy moments outside. Join us  with the hashtag #countrykidsfun to link up your photos.

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#countrykidsfun featured images week 135 with thanks to @our_wild_things @entertainingelliotanderin @renovationbb and @over40andamumtoone Thank you for all the lovely tags. We have now passed 13,660 in the collection. That's a lot of outdoor fun! Remember #CountryKids is live from midnight for all your blog adventures with @littleheartsbiglove @kidsofthewild_ and Queen of Collage. Have a lovely weekend. 🎄🌞🍄🌿🌼 #outdoorfun  #kidsoutdoors #outdoorsandhappy #CountryKids #fridayoutdoorfun  #capturedmoments #lovelifeoutdoors #countrylife #Spring #happiness #countryside #outdoorclassroom #countryliving #farmland #adventureisouthere #soringcolours #cutekids #sunlight #happytimes #explorerkids #adventurecalling #adventureisouthere #adventuretime #bluebells #sun #familyfun #blossom #coombemill #mayblooms

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