Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne
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Adventures R Us / Des aventures et nous

We are an outdoors family. Here are five reasons we love exploring and going on adventures, big and small, wherever we...

#MySundayPhoto – Tree Day / Journée de l’Arbre

On Thursday I went to Glendalough, Co Wicklow, to accompany Mermaid’s class on their Tree Day outing, organised by the...

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A summer of wild swimming / Un été de baignades sauvages

It was a summer spent wild swimming all around France. From our first to our very last day in my...

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Of coloured clays and green lentils / En terre d’argiles colorées et de lentilles vertes

The acorns and I went back to the extraordinary ravins de Corbœuf, near Rosières, Haute-Loire, which we first discovered last...

A birthday party under the stars / Un anniversaire sous les étoiles

‘To celebrate Mermaid’s birthday, you are all invited for a movie night under the stars from 8.30pm at our house....

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One day at the race / Une journée à la course

This weekend the acorns went on a different kind of outdoor adventure. One that echoed with revving engines and reeked...

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All aboard the birthday train / Un anniversaire à toute vapeur

To celebrate his 70th birthday, my dad, a lifelong steam train enthusiast, invited friends and family for a round trip...

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Birthday wild swim in France / Baignade d’anniversaire en France

At the exact time Jedi turned 11, he was singing Happy Birthday and splashing in the Indre River, near Loches,...

First school year / Première année scolaire

Just like that, my wild child finished his first year in school. Squirrel is one of only a handful of...

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Midsummer camping at Silver Strand / En camping à Silver Strand pour la Saint-Jean

There is something magical about Midsummer. The word conjures up images of a long, gloriously sunny day and roaring bonfires,...

#MySundayPhoto – School beach trip / Classe de plage

Squirrel’s class went on a trip to the beach this week. Watching the children lined up along the shore waiting...

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#MySundayPhoto – Summer / Eté

Summer is spending the weekend in Ireland. With highs of 28°C it feels like a different country. L’été a décidé...

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Wild swimming in the Irish Sea / Nager en mer d’Irlande

This weekend I swam in the Irish Sea for the first time ever. It was invigorating. Exhilarating even. Now I...