Unleash Your Wild Side

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Unleash Your Wild Side

Now I must admit, I am a bit obsessed about getting my children outdoors – primarily because I would go insane if we did not get out and about at least once every weekend. Therefore I was delighted to stumble across a fantastic film project, Project Wild Thing, which I thought would give us some extra inspiration. It did, but it also made me stop and think.

According to Project Wild Thing our children will be the first generation in history to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. A terrifying prospect. I think it’s time we spread the word and did something to change this statistic before it’s too late.

 

The Project Wild Thing Manifesto

  • The Wild Network exists to champion and support connection with nature and wildness in children and young people.
  • The Wild Network mission is to support children, parents and guardians of children to roam free, play wild and connect with nature.
  • We believe all children should have the right to access the outdoors for play, learning, expression and development of healthy mind and body.
  • We encourage, provoke, nudge, support, innovate and campaign for children, kids and young folk to get up and outside.
  • To wander freely
  • To look up and around
  • To find wonder, awe and empathy in all life
  • To nurture, steward and protect
  • To run, jump, climb, crawl and explore the world on our doorsteps
  • To seek imagination in wildness
  • To find inventiveness in the woods.
  • To grow happy healthy minds and bodies.
  • To find comfort in solitude.
  • To become truly connected.
  • Roam Free. Play Wild.

 

I’m lucky, my children would much rather play outside than sit in front of a screen but I am sure that will change in time, and when it does I need to be ready. So I am going to download the App (having an app for this does seem quite ironic!) for some inspiration, both for now and for the future when my children just want their nose glued to a screen.

One thing I would really love to try
soon is a proper campfire, frying
sausages and roasting marshmallows.
Great food makes the great outdoors
even better!

 

I shouldn’t really do this, but it’s so relevant, I am going to break all the rules. This fab recipe is perfect for outdoors but is from the 2015 Dairy Diary so you are very lucky to get a special sneak preview ☺

Bonfire Sausages from the Dairy Diary

Bonfire Sausages 

Good quality pork sausages 6
Clear honey 2 tbsp
Tabasco sauce 1 tsp or to taste
Butter 25g (1oz)
Olive oil 1-2 tbsp
Onions 3 large, peeled and sliced
Caster sugar 1 tsp
Hot dog or crusty rolls 6, split

1 Place sausages in a frying pan. Mix together honey and Tabasco sauce and pour over sausages, turning to coat thoroughly. Fry sausages until cooked through, turning and basting during cooking. Wrap in foil.

2 Then melt butter and oil until foaming. Add onions and mix well. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add sugar and cook for a further 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until golden.

3 Pop a sausage into each roll and top with caramelized onions.

 

Let me know what ‘wild thing’ you do!

 

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2 Comments

  1. wildwear says:

    Hi just found your blog and like you have recently watched ‘Project Wild Thing’. We have an outdoor life both with our daughter and my career, so this film was a must see for me. I liked your post as a good memory we have was from a camping holiday in France. The weather was mainly rain but we remember my husband cooking our dinner outside with a black bag for a coat and getting soaked through. However it was the best dinner ever, huddled in our sleeping bags listening to the rain. Would love you to check out my blog too to see how we experience outdoor life.

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