Get Out and About in The West Country

Our Muddy Mum Julie from Mama Owl has created this fantastic piece about getting out and about in your local community.

We’re lucky enough to live in the beautiful West Country, where there are no shortage of chocolate box villages and picturesque views of rolling hills & countryside to enjoy. I love that we can get out and about and spend little to no money; just pulling on our wellies and heading off down to feed the ducks by the river is more than enough to keep my kids happy, even as they get older.

Recently there have been several scarecrow trails set up in the area, to raise money for local schools and nurseries. On the last day of half term, my youngest two children, their father and I set off to go and hunt the scarecrows in the beautiful village of Westwood, and see if we could name them all.

This year’s theme was ‘nursery rhymes’ to celebrate the village nursery’s 30th birthday, and I think we got them all although one or two were rather tricky! H was eager to help E guess them if she didn’t know, and then we recited the nursery rhyme as we headed off to find the next one.

We picked up a £2.50 trail map from the shop (all the money raised goes to the nursery school), and the walk took us all around the village, through the park where the children stopped to enjoy the playground in the late afternoon sunshine. We lucked out with the weather after a very changeable week, lots of showers! After they’d swung on the swings, climbed the wall and raced around like mad things, they took off running through the park to find the next scarecrow. E certainly gave her big brother a run for his money, she might be small but she is quick!

We strolled down footpaths and through quiet residential streets, along country lanes and through a field (flip flops were certainly not the best choice of footwear, I’ll know better next year!). It was lots of fun and we rewarded ourselves with a tasty ice cream from the shop at the end of the trail. It was a really lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon, as well as raising money for the local community.