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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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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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