Hello, I’m Lucy,
Outdoor Mum, wife, parent of an 10-year old childhood cancer survivor, writer, blogger, home educator, lover of animals, nature & all things wild.
I’m the creator and writer of outdoor family blog Kids of the Wild, hoping to get you and your family outside more even if you think you don’t have time.
I share my family’s experience of the benefits and restorative effects of spending time outdoors, in the wild and nature, including during serious illness, both with children and as parents (which I call Oxygen time) aiming to encourage you to enjoy life outdoors.
My blog isn’t just a bucket list of cool ideas, I’m trying to get outside more too, living it and learning as I go, alongside you.
One woman, a child, a bear and a dog
Mini Adventures, Maximum Outdoors
Kids of the Wild is one woman, a child, a dog (and sometimes a husband) taking walks in the wild one mini adventure at a time.
My passions are many but my absolute love-drugs are my cancer-survivor daughter, nature, walking and writing; the inspirations for this blog.
Our journey through childhood cancer began in March 2017 when my warrior girl was diagnosed with a stage 4, rare, inoperable Rhabdomyosarcoma in her head, aged 7.
The blog took an unexpected path from there but my vision remains the same. Caroline is currently in remission and is processing her experience by writing about it from her bear Otto’s perspective! [Caroline’s Rainbow, Otto the Bear]
To be an outdoor resource for parents, carers, youth groups and families with kids: –
To inspire EVERYONE to get outdoors, get active, to have adventures and experience nature and the wild first-hand, with ideas, reviews and ‘how to’ guides for growing nature-loving, active children. [Get Outdoors, Fun Indoors, Parenting, Environment]
To show that transformation really does occur when we allow wildlife, the outdoors and adventure into our lives. I love the difference that nature and fresh air make to my family when we get outdoors. [Education, Reviews, Inspiration]
There’s also a 4th thread sneaking into the weave which is my own spiritual journey as I follow a call of the wild which was probably ignored for too long.
Kids & Young People’s Writing
Nature on your Doorstep
My lifelong dream is to own a nature reserve but lately I’ve realised that we all have a nature reserve on our doorstep, if we simply tap into it.
Nature and the wild is not some place ‘out there’ nor somewhere to search miles to find. Nature and the wild is right where we are, all the time. We just have to step into it.
To quote our great national treasure Sir David Attenborough,
“No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will care about what they have never experienced.”
I agree wholeheartedly and my mission is to get our children to be active outdoors in the wild, playing and learning through nature so that, in naturally understanding and appreciating their own needs, they will naturally understand, appreciate and protect our planet.
And getting outdoors is so much FUN!
My hope is for my own daughter, God willing, and all children to grow up with their innate love and respect for the wild stimulated and nurtured through encouragement from us as parents and carers so that whatever they grow up to become, they are always drawn back to nature for solace and sustenance.
I try to live a green lifestyle and I believe that when working outdoors, in the garden and beyond, we are nurturing our souls as well as our bodies, hearts and minds.
“We inherit the earth, or so they say,
So do they mean actual soil and clay?
Let us replace what we use today
So our children’s grandchildren
Will have space to play”
– Lucy Holmes, 2011
WELCOME TO THE WILD!
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Check out some outdoor escapades and activities you could try today.
Thanks for reading and enjoy!
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Work & Play Before Children
I’m a bit of an amateur naturalist beginning in toddlerhood apparently! My bookshelves still contain my very first spotter guides, I-Spy and Famous Five books.
When the wild isn’t an option, my garden is my sanctuary.
Other passions include dog walking, photography, reading, learning through play, puddle splashing and paddling in the sea as well as sewing, driving my 20-year old camper van, travelling, singing, playing guitar and the occasional whiskey.
My proudest (no longer) secret is that I am unable to stem the tears on seeing a whale in the wild.
I’m now a stay at home Mum, writer and home educator but pre-motherhood, I was a Jackie of all trades! A police officer for 6 years in the Midlands, I later worked for the NSPCC in London and a corporate entertainment firm at the Wimbledon Championships.
I helped manage a (then) fledgling music agency in Stoke and have worked for an organic food company after helping friends set up a hotel in Mexico.
Being Park Manager at a stately home in Warwickshire was my most rewarding job, where I instigated the creation of a Forest School and adopted 28 swans rescued from the Manchester Shipping Canal.
I have played Ultimate Frisbee for Great Britain and am a published poet. I have a Certificate in Outdoor Learning, a TEFL qualification and ran my parents’ dog-friendly holiday cottage for 10 years.