Fatherhood: Bugs and Slugs and Toads, Oh My!

October 6, 2017 at 10:23 am

Last weekend we were up in Hereford, spending my birthday weekend with our extended family. It’s almost an annual tradition in our house, and one of my favourite weekends of the year – and not just because of the obvious birthday timing!

My cousin and his wife live deep in the Hereford countryside, in a house which is paradise for a small child (as well as a slightly bigger one like myself) – acres of fields and woodland to explore, a lot of fun sporting equipment to try out and a tonne of family around them to keep them occupied.

Needless to say we had a fun time – so I thought I’d share some pictures. As luck would have it, I’ve also been sent a couple of products to review which fitted in perfectly with the occasion.

The lovely folks at Trespass clothing asked if we’d like to review some of their new outdoor clothing, and sent us a couple of items for the boys. Robert opted for a new rain jacket, which is going to be perfect for the colder months ahead. You can see him proudly sporting it in some of the photos below.

Setting off on a country walk, geared-up in our new waterproofs and jumpers

Freddie opted for some new waterproof trousers – an of clothing item that I’d never have really considered before becoming a parent, but which i now consider to be an autumn essential!!

We were also sent some lovely bug hunting kits by the folks at Busy Bees nursery, to celebrate their awesome new website (especially useful if you need to find preschools in hammersmith, or wherever it is you live!!)

Hunting for bugs and spiders to pit against each other for their entertainment, apparently!

The bug hunting kits (including binoculars, some chunky tweezers for picking up creepy crawlies, magnifying glasses and more) were put to good use by adults and children alike – at one point there was a “spider vs slug” battle going on in one of the specimen pots, while the children whooped with delight!

Anyway, it was a lovely day in the countryside and something we hope to enjoy for many years to come. A big thanks to Trespass clothing and the guys at Busy Bees for supplying some of the kit to make it so much fun!!

“Autumn days when the grass is jeweled…”

Collecting the eggs from the chicken shed – and fighting off spiders to get in there!

A friendly toad that we found hiding amongst the leaves

Our bounty!

Two very tired boys at the end of the weekend!