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I hope you got to enjoy some of the lovely autumn sunshine in the last week? And maybe collected some conkers and leaves? Hello to the large number of emails I just added to the list – sorry it took a while! And hello to all of you that have been with me since the start! Outdoor People is building as a social enterprise, and I’ve just been doing a lot of reflecting on the last six months and am very much looking forward to the next few months – quite a lot to be getting on with! Breaking news is I’ve been invited to write a series of blogs for Children and Young People Now and my first will be published in the next week or two. I’ll let you know when it is. Pretty excited about this, CYPN goes out to pretty much every organisation in the children and youth sectors and every local authority! “Hackney’s own adventure shop” (a lovely customer just recently said!) If you get a chance to come down to the stall you’ll see some great new stock – rucksacks, rocket stoves, backpacking stoves and hammocks. I’ve been putting one of the new Boreas rucksacks through its paces and it is just brilliant. Got a last minute restock of the fantastic Klean Kanteens this eve, thankful as only had two small flasks left! You can see lots of photos on the Instagram site – and you don’t have to me signed up to check them out. I have sold well over a hundred of the small flasks since I set up now, and just had my first couple of returns because of faults. I’m glad to say the supplier is brilliant and totally honours the lifetime guarantee as long as it is a genuine fault. Another reason why I love them so much! That and because I love hot tea and they are so pretty… Next year I’m glad to say we will be taking the shop, and hiring out tents again at Exhale Festival, in 2015 in TWO venues! At Easter a boutique festival, mainly targeted at adults though children welcomed, in the beautiful mountains above Seville in the South of Spain. And then in August we’ll be teaming up with the fantastic Sylvan Adventures to provide bushcraft and kids outdoor play for the main festival on a site at least double the size of last year’s! Buy early bird tickets – only available for the next few days – here. If you think you’d like a tent just email, the web page will be up next week. Check out the Exhale 2014 video to pick up the vibe here. The film screening of Project Wild Thing with Urban Free Range Kids was fantastic, very well attended and raised funds to help make the five-day-a week outdoor nursery a reality. They are startring their sessions properly on the 5th November so if you have small kids do check them out! As a trustee of The Wild Network I was on the panel appointing Mark Sears as the new Director and Nick Stace as Chair. We are very excited about both appointments, and about the next steps on the journey for the charity. Please do join the Wild Network if you haven’t yet – over 10,000 members and rising! We are particularly seeking folks that might be interested in being part of the advisory council who are from BME communities or are disabled, so if you or anyone you know fits that bill please do email. I’ll be doing a press release with Gift Your Gear in the run up to Christmas, and we’ve already collected a pretty large crate of stuff! If you have outdoors gear to donate you can drop it at the stall or email me, so I can either pick up or arrange for them to pick up direct. I’ve done four professional development sessions for people working with families in Hackney to help them promote #HackneyWildWalks and feedback has been fantastic. Two of the walks involved early years children, one was adults only and another, with Laburnum boat club, involved a lovely group of young people who were just brilliant at map reading. Some photos are up on Flikr, there are more to come. Out of these I’ve developed a booklet of useful resources, do let me know if you’d like a copy. A resource pack of posters and stickers will be available shortly too, free to organisations that have been part of the project or who are in Hackney and work with families. There are two, possibly three more sessions to come, one on the 12th November, others tbc. Do sign up if you work with families and...

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In this week's update:

  • Outdoor People make the papers!
  • Shiny new gorgeous kit on sale!
  • Pop up shop on Saturday with intern Phoebe!
Been a very busy week, especially trying to get the website tidied up as I knew we'd be getting some press coverage. OP in the paper 2 It was great to see ourselves in the local paper, especially in the 'green' bit as we are all about the #reuse #reduce #recycle and of course #savingtheplanetonecupatatime! For those of you less familiar with the sometimes ridiculously long hashtags, I use them to join communities on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr. I went to a great seminar on communicating business the other week (thanks Ezri!) and one nugget was 'a tweet without a hashtag is lonely'. The community has certainly been growing faster since I started using them! So shiny new kit! This weekend we are premiering the Ticket To The Moon hammocks and I can tell you they are GORGEOUS! Soft and cool to the touch, they are beautifully made in Bali by a bunch of travellers who were looking for the perfect travel hammock. They've also set up a foundation in Indonesia to support education and health of communities You can check out their ethical credentials and production values here. They aren't easy to get in the UK so do let me know if you have requests! Hammock 1 We are also going to start properly selling what many think is the best festival/park/camping chair on the market - the Ergolife Stol portable chair. Designed in Sweden, it is ultra comfortable, looks good and weighs almost nothing to carry round.ergolife chair 2 Pop up shop on Saturday with intern Phoebe! So this Saturday we'll be doing not one but TWO stalls as our fantastic intern Phoebe takes a mini pop up stall to the All Nations House Car Boot Sale! She'll be specialising in gorgeous kids clothing from the Cake Clothing Company, a youth-led Hackney based enterprise, and yummy (organic, local and lovingly made) Lickalix lollies. She'll also have various outdoors related good second-hand stuff and there will be lots of other great stalls. A proportion of the profits, and all of the Lickalix income, will go to the Resident's Association to keep improving the children's 'Play Priority Area' and communal area that used to be car parking spaces. 20140711-032636-am-12396316.jpgcakey Lickalix 10358551_10152088013410443_6227274599799336306_n Do check out the website and let me know what you think. Wordpress is a funny space as it all updates live, but means we are always fresh! Make it easy to get outdoors and have a wonderful weekend Cath  

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