A hike up Little Solsbury Hill

Apologies for the lack of posts this last week, but I’ve been spending all my time with Lil’ L, packing lots of activities into each day and having great fun!  As a bonus, all the activities have been free! 

One of his current favourite activities is devising local nature walks.  He draws a map, I pack a bag with some snacks and the camera, and off we go.  He’s the guide, and I follow.  Last Wednesday, he decided that we were going for a hike up Little Solsbury Hill.

Here's my tour guide

Along the way, we saw lots of beautiful wild flowers…

and insects, including butterflies, bees…

and crickets.

We also came across this giant mushroom… or is it a toadstool? 

As with any great nature walk, this one involved lots of beautiful views…

and the odd challenge…

Cows and calves sitting on the footpath. They were soooo cute!

or two…

You can guess what came next…

Yes, I slipped and Lil’ L found this hysterically funny.  I’m glad I’m such a source of amusement. 🙂  I’ll try washing the pumps but I’m not holding out much hope for them. 🙁

If Lil’ L and I are out on our own, we always get a bit lost… but that’s all part of the adventure.  We were glad to finally find the sign that showed that we were actually on the right path.

All in all, we had a wonderful hike round this beautiful hill.  When we got home, we treated ourselves to a piece of ‘almond butter rice crisp treat’ which we’d made in the morning.  Angela from Oh She Glows posted this gorgeous recipe, which is basically a healthy, nutritious version of rice crispie cake.  It uses wholegrain rice puffs, almond butter and brown rice syrup.  I was having trouble getting hold of brown rice syrup in our local shops, but I finally found some online at The Healthbay.  We love to keep the crispie treat in the freezer, which gives it a nice, cool bite.

Angela, I hope you don’t mind us borrowing your pic… but our treats got eaten way before I had time to get the camera out!

Almond Butter Rice Crisp Treats from Oh She Glows

 After treat-making and a 3-hour walk, it was time to have a sit down.  Lil’ L decided he would like us to snuggle on the sofa and watch his current favourite TV show…  Jo Frost’s Extreme Parental Guidance!!!  Bet you didn’t expect that!  Is it normal for a 7 year old to love this programme so much???

2 thoughts on “A hike up Little Solsbury Hill

  1. Wow! The views are beautiful. What a fantastic idea to let your son be the guide. I am sure that is helping him grow confident and maybe a little sense of direction 🙂
    I really don’t think people spend enough time outdoors, as it really is good for the brain and soul.
    Keep up the walks and I look forward to future Lil’ L treks.

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