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IMG_6047Whilst I'm a firm believer that the best toys for kids include sticks, mud and cardboard boxes, I'm very happy to say that our trip to the East London Design Show was a huge success. As a social enterprise I sometimes struggle with the idea of selling stuff - but if you buy from us (and other small social enterprises) you help contribute to the growing ethical consumer trend. More news on what our profits are going towards further down. Lots of photos over on Instagram. In the meantime please note now is your LAST CHANCE before Christmas to buy online from us! All orders with us by 11am Friday 18th December will get in the post, and as a special they'll be posted first class/first class signed. This weekend we'll have the full stall at Broadway Market Schoolyard on Saturday and will be doing a pop up for last minute gifts at London Fields Sunday Market, also in the Schoolyard. You can also order online and come and pick up from London Fields on Christmas Eve evening. Breaking news... Just got some new Petromax products in - the small storm lanterns and the tiniest multifuel stove you ever saw! - and some new small Storm Kettles in lovely new packaging. And just got in the Klean Kanteen Mirror Reflect limited edition bottles. If you want one for Christmas get in there now! Just so pretty! F1Ti blank K18SSLRF-MS_CMYK_full-res Hobo Stove lantern IMG_2425In other news I got my first proper bid in as Outdoor People, looking for funding to support taking single mums and others camping next year. All sales of key camping kit - tents, stoves etc - will specifically match fund the bids I'm making for this project, so hopefully be able to tell you more soon. IMG_5771Tickets for Exhale Spain and Exhale Fairoaks Farm are selling well - why not treat yourself or your partner to a promise of a Yoga Festival as an amazing present? I'll be hiring out tents again at both - again with profits going to subsidise the first time camping trips project. I'll also be working with some amazing bushcraft and play friends for the Exhale Fairoaks Farm providing fun for kids of all ages. More on that in the New Year! Finally we held the last of this series of Hackney Wild Walks Workshops with professionals from across the borough who work with families. It's been a huge privilege, and I'm now loving hearing about (and in some cases helping) the walks the Children's Centres and others are organising themselves and the plans they have to get all the families they work with outdoors and exploring! [gallery type="slideshow" ids="1434,1449,1295,1297,1168,1154,1139,1126,1471,1472,1473,1474,1475,1476,1477,1478,1479,1480,1481,1482,1483,1484,1485,1486,1487,1488,1489,1490,1491,1492,1493,1494,1495,1496,1497,1498,1499,1500,1501,1502,1503,1504,1505,1506,1507,1508,1509,1510,1511,1512,1513,1514,1515,1516,1517,1518" orderby="rand"]

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We are really gearing up for Exhale Festival Exhale programmenow, with the page up showcasing tents to hire and the team for play and games coming together. I'm also making long lists of the right range of products for our on-site shop - do share your favourite tips!     We're also planning our Playday2014 - are you? We've loads of gorgeous new water bottles Colourful kanteensand some kites at the stall at Broadway Market Schoolyard, so if you're passing by, come and say hello and take a look. I won't be there this week but the fantastic Kelda and Philip will be. Kelda is a very experienced Playworker so if you have any questions about how to get your kids or the neighbourhood kids a bit more wild, then she's your woman. Somersault Festival last week was great fun, and huge thanks to the folks who came and joined in the discussion. We were reflecting on why kids don't go out, and how we can bring down the barriers to kids enjoying their own communities. There will be a dedicated blog coming up, but we agreed key calls to politicians in the upcoming elections, such as:

  • better cycleways and ways for young people to move round their own community
  • making street closures like Playing Out easier and everywhere
  • making the importance of outdoor play better known
I also really enjoyed meeting Free Range Urban Kids who are planning a completely outdoor nursery! In Hackney! Do take a look at what they are doing. Right I'm off to Womad with the family where we'll be seeing how few plastic and paper cups we can avoid using... The tiffins are also useful for checking that festy facepaint! Don't forget you could check out the Hackney Wild Walks this weekend, and maybe take a kite! Have a fab weekend and make it easy Cath    

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