With the autumn season in full swing and the inevitable changes in its weather patterns, it is still important for us to feel positive and make the most of the many fun outdoor activities we can still enjoy outdoors. Here are 5 great outdoor activities you can enjoy this autumn.Read More
Over the summer holidays, and with valuable time on my hands. It was good to get outside and find the opportunity to explore some more locations in the Netherlands I don't necessarily have the chance to visit all that often. Read on and find out more about what the east has to offer.Read More
An exciting Stone Age-inspired craft activity, that is ideal for all Key Stage 2 aged children, which can easily support any Stone Age Topic. It is a practical activity, and it can easily be implemented in the classroom or at home.Read More
People of the Outdoors is my latest series whereby I acknowledge those individuals who are inspired and motivated to spend their lives in the Great Outdoors. This series forms a selection of personal interviews and imagery taken from these dedicated individuals. This second interview is by Outdoor Enthusiast Mathias Wielinga, who enjoys hiking and exploring the wild outdoors.Read More
A Camping trip is meant to be fun. However, when you are dealing with the elements of nature, one mistake can turn the whole experience sour. When it comes to the outdoors, it pays to be prepared. This article talks about the complete checklist of things one must keep in mind before they venture out into the wild.Read More
50 Bucket list ideas to do in the Great Outdoors is a comprehensive list of fun activities that any child or adult can enjoy in their own free time. I hope these 50 ideas help to serve as inspiration and motivation and indeed help others get outside, enjoy the natural world around them, without spending large amounts of money on unnecessary extras.Read More
During my own childhood and Primary Schooling, back in the 1980’s. I have very clear and distinct memories of how cool my school was. With my local Primary School being a diverse and exciting place, where I was not only lucky enough to be inspired by the world around me, but also by the bold and inspirational individuals who led us along this beautiful learning journey. One thing was clear, I really enjoyed learning from the Great Outdoors.
Find out more about the Surprising Benefits of Outdoor Learning in my new blog post.
‘Thoughts and Stories from the Great Outdoors’Read More
'Do more of what makes you happy’ is a frequently used saying. It is also a saying that is often misused or perhaps overlooked. Feeling happy or finding happiness in life is something we all seek. How we get there or how long it takes, is always a question the individual has to answer themselves.
A practical view on how we can utilise what is all around us in order to bring some extra positive thinking and overall happiness into our lives.
‘Thoughts and Stories from the Great Outdoors’
Read all about my latest Camping visit to Delflandhoeve in the Netherlands.
A great little campsite in South Holland, close to the city of Delft.
In pursuit of further developing creativity, I decided to present my class with another open-ended and creative task.
A task that would not only encourage the children I teach to work together, think expansively, but also build stronger levels of resilience and perseverance in order to reach and hopefully achieve a desirable goal.
Read on to find out more.Read More
How to Reproof an Outdoor Jacket with Nikwax Waterproofing. It is time to test out some Nikwax waterproofing products, which were kindly given to me by Nikwax. Nikwax is the world Leaders in waterproofing. You can read all about my detailed product review and how I reproofed an old outdoor jacket. Breathing new life into it and saving money on buying a new one.
Getting back to Nature
Feeding our natural instincts by getting back to nature is vitally important if we are to fulfil and attempt to live a more healthy lifestyle.
I this particular blog post I aim to share some thoughts and ideas on how we can all make a positive change and begin spending just 30 minutes a day in the outdoors.
Top Tips from a Cycle Commuter.
Over the last few years, there’s definitely been somewhat of a revolution in the number of people choosing to cycle to work. Maybe it's down to increased traffic on the roads, personal issues relating to health, cost or simply trying something new. Either way, there are many great benefits of riding into work, rather than driving or using public transport.
In this particular post, I hope to highlight some of my Top Tips, after I decided to ditch all modes of transport, in order to complete a 32 mile/52km cycle commute each and every day.Read More
It's time to make the most of the longer days and warmer weather...
With long, dark, cold winter months finally leaving us behind, a new world of opportunity is blossoming just beyond your window. As the seasons change, the weather is starting to improve and the days are getting longer.
To hopefully promote, positive thinking, I would like to encourage my readers to get outside, make the most of what you have, by enjoying some much-needed sunshine and perhaps begin to participate in one of the many healthy active pursuits at your disposal.
As the saying goes... 'hello body, healthy mind.'
Here is my latest Outdoor Product review. In this particular post, I will be reviewing the Black Diamond's 'Ultra Distance' carbon fibre folding trekking poles. A 3-section Z-Pole combination and design, that features a flexible coated inner cord, a single push-button release system, together with the very handy Speed Cone technology that has Black Diamonds impressive avalanche probe design—a key component of Z-Poles'.
This is the third and latest post in my series all about 'Inspiring Individuals.' In this particular post, I will be focusing on one of my good friends, from my University days. Through the years, we shared some great times. Playing in the same successful football team and enjoying some similar past times, as well as being part of a wider friendship group.
May I introduce Graham Clarke.Read More
I'm a weekend roamer!
Roaming the Dutch Landscape is a great way to spend any given weekend. The Netherlands offers a diverse range of landscapes, in which any outdoors enthusiast can simply get outside, then wander and explore their surroundings.
Roaming the Dutch Landscape an outdoor article for Home of Millican https://www.homeofmillican.com/ #placestowanderandexploreRead More
What does Music mean to you?
Finding the harmonious balance between good music and the Great Outdoors. Encouraging others to share the same vison and passion as me.Read More
Life in the Bike Lane
Since moving to the Netherlands around three years ago the majority of my days are spent outside, cycling in the bike lane. To most people out there, this might sound rather mad or perhaps even peculiar, but it is all in fact entirely true. After 'Brexiting' the Motherland and I guess becoming part of Dutch culture I decided to make some changes in my life. Changes that were perhaps easy to consider, but in reality, much harder to actually implement.Read More