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Bring on the autumn?! But lap up the last of summer...

Well for a few days there we thought it was definitely autumn. I rather enjoyed getting my hat and fleece out... But very glad to be sat back again in a light summer dress! As many of you know we had fun times at Exhale Festival the week before last.The six tents all got rented out and you can see a couple of the lovely testimonials on the home page. As their first outing as hire tents we were really pleased - tight when it rained, cool in the sunshine and for those with two people in the tent at least they retained the heat despite temperature drops to almost zero... IMG_3266Oh boy did that remind us all of the importance of great mats, blankets and whatever you can get hold of underneath the sleeping bags!! And of woolly hats! I did do one woodsy session, a lovely 'travel wand' activity, where we decorated sticks to represent our life journeys and hopes for the future... Some lovely stories shared and dreams gathered. One of my favourite moments was being surrounded by gongs whilst lying in a hammock - a surreal and unique experience!Outdoor People at Exhale 026 And we did lots and lots of yoga! Here's a huge, huge thanks to the organisers Stretch and Black and Light Yoga, in the shape of Carl and Charlie, both of whom brought together constant cheeriness, some wonderful yogis, musicians, masseurs and who could forget Cult, purveyors of the most delicious almond milk hot chocolate?! And thanks too from my dog Charlie who declared it the BEST HOLIDAY EVER! Here are just a few photos: [gallery type="slideshow" ids="866,868,865,867,864,863,862,860,858,855,856,853,852,857,854,851,850,849,848,847,834,846,845,870,844,843,842,841,840,839,835,836,838"] It was a huge shame that the playworkers and fantastic bushcraft hero that is Sylvan Adventures couldn't come this time as there just weren't enough children - families book their holidays a lot earlier than the child-free! But next year we are talking about a whole field of kids stuff, bushcraft, night walks and stuff to do for children of all ages! Keep your eyes peeled for more info soon... Last weekend saw us taking Outdoor People up to the fantastic Disco Loco. Tuff GirlA mystery prize winner is the lucky recipient of a £10 Outdoor People voucher, so I'm hoping they'll come to collect soon! It was a fantastic day of great sunshine, good bands and delicious food, and got to meet lots of lovely folk who shared their camping and outdoor tales. Fantastic to see such a huge commitment to recycling from many of the visitors too. PWT at The RussetI was also there promoting the wonderful Free Range Urban Kids, a community group setting up a five day a week outdoor nursery this autumn in Hackney. If you'd like to know more do come along to the FREE screening of Project Wild Thing on the 21st. Alongside a no doubt lif=vely debate, there will be nature play sessions outside. Big thanks to Play England for providing a community screening license so we can show the film for free, meaning all the proceeds from the raffle (which has, oh yes, some FANTASTIC prizes!) can go 2/3rds to Free Range Urban Kids to ensure they keep the session costs as low as possible and 1/3 to The Wild Network to help keep up the national campaigning. IMG_4679On Facebook we've all been talking about back to school... If your children are just back, do ask about what the school's policies are on play and playtime. This first few weeks are when children most need some time to just be with their peers, to renew relationships, figure out who they are after the summer break. We love hearing about the hero schools that really promote outdoor play! If on the other hand your school has cut lunch times back yet again maybe its time to protest... Finally if you work with kids in Hackney do come and join the Wild Walks Workshops! Have a great weekend Outdoor Peeps!  

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