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Swinging in the trees #Go Ape!

Written by Nicky

This Sunday, we made use of the prize that I won from the Forestry Commission's "Hug A Tree" photo competition.   We were sent activity vouchers for Go Ape!  For those of you not familiar with these guys, they offer treetop activity adventures nationwide.

And when I say 'treetop', I really mean it!  You are literally climbing, swinging, balancing, jumping and laughing your way around the forest!  We went to the one in Woburn Safari Park... so, after seeing a few giraffes and the like, we found our way to the Go Ape! cabin, and were briefed by an instructor on how to stay safe on our 3 hour adventure. The number one rule, we were told, was "stay attached!"

So, with this at the forefront of our minds, we set off around the course, high above the forest floor. We encountered tightropes, wobbly bridges, rope swings and zip wires.   Very fast zip wires!  I, unfortunately didn't manage to stay on my feet at the end of any of these zip wires... choosing rather to let the wire drag me backwards through the freshly raked heap of wet wood chip... nice!  

We were so lucky with the weather.  A beautiful, crisp Autumn day with warm golden sunshine streaming through the branches of the trees.  It was a truly brilliant day.  Lots and lots of laughter! And we came away with a real sense of achievement too.

Especially Jak, who is terrified of heights.  Even more so, when he managed to land on his feet after the very last zip wire.... whilst i got busy removing wood chip from my pants!

Thanks Forestry Commission for giving us the opportunity to do something that we probably wouldn't have thought about doing!  

And if you are thinking about having a go... you really, really should.  It was ace! 


Tree Hugging!

Written by Nicky

The lovely people at the Forestry Commision have chosen my photo of the children hugging a tree at Wendover, as one of their favourites in a competition!  We've won some adventure tickets to 'GO APE!'   The photo was taken on International Discovery Day.  We had a brilliant time in the woods, sheltering at the Green School when the rain hammered down.  As we were leaving, I remembered that there was a World Record attempt for the most amount of people hugging a tree at the same time happening on that day, in Delamare Forest.... so i thought we should join in from afar!  Hence, the photo.... which i posted on the Forestry Commision's Facebook page, and lo and behold, today they announced the winners!!  GO APE!  here we come!!!



Written by Nicky

Autumn.  My favourite season.  Crisp, bright mornings, blue skies and the ever changing colours of the leaves on the trees.

The best time to go for a walk in your local woods.  Collecting conkers, crunching through the leaves on the ground and smelling the cool, damp air.

And while you are out there, why not help the Forestry commission in their quest to chart the changing colours of the trees across the country?

Go to to grade the colours of the trees that you see.....

Forest Discovery Day

Written by Nicky


Forest Discovery Day 

What a fantastic afternoon with the kids celebrating 'The International Year of the Forest' at Wendover Woods.  Good job we had just finished making a den in the trees with the guys from the Green School before the heavens opened. You've got to love a rainy downpour whilst sheltering under trees in the woods, with a cup of green tea, made on a stove....

Spent a happy half hour looking at a book with my son trying to identify the different trees.  We found lots of native birch and oak trees, and learnt a few different facts about each.

Both children then jumped in puddles all the way down to the animal hide, where we looked out over the trees trying to spot some wildlife.

Managed to pick enough blackberries on our walk back to the car for a nice big crumble and custard once we'd dried off and warmed up a bit.

'Mummy, I absolutely love trees!' my son said at bedtime, and i've got to say that I completely agree.



Thinking about trees....

Written by Nicky

I came across this Chinese proverb this morning

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now. "

Made me have a little think about the benefits of tree planting and how trees play such an important role in our everyday lives, but also how the trees that we plant today will be of benefit to our children in 20 years time.

For instance, if I planted an oak tree today, and it continued to thrive and was without disease, it would be a decent sized tree by the time my children reach 30. Maybe they could then collect the acorns from underneath it with their own children, and help them to climb its branches. Or maybe they could collect some of it's wood for their log burner. They could picnic in the shade provided by the leaves, and wonder at the wildlife nestled in it's thick trunk. I wonder how much the world will have changed in 20 years?

Let's plant more trees so that these simple things in life can still be enjoyed by future generations.



Joomla! versus Wordpress

Written by Jak

Oh my, It's one of those big questions that, if I'm honest, I don't think will ever be answered - both platforms have different strengths and are suited to perhaps different deployment scenarios but both are massively functional, hugely extend-able and quite amazingly they're completely FREE!  It's outstanding how the communities of both platforms continue to deliver software at a standard sometimes heads and shoulders above some of the paid-for stuff out there.  

Anyways, enough of the gushing.

You can install both Joomla! and Wordpress with one click on our hosting plans, as many times as you like,  and test them out for yourself, for whatever scenario you find yourself in.

Joomla! versus Wordpress?   - I'll let you decide



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