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 nature and going on family adventures, big and small,...

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Starlight kayaking on Lough Hyne

It nearly didn’t happen. This starlight kayaking experience on Lough Hyne, Co Cork, was a couple of years in the...

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Une escapade en kayak sous les étoiles

Ç’a failli ne pas arriver. Cette sortie nocturne en kayak de mer sur Lough Hyne, Co Cork, était rêvée depuis...

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A secret beach and a wild Atlantic swim / Plage secrète et baignade sauvage dans l’Atlantique

7.10am on the second morning of our West Cork break, and the sun was already high and bright behind the...

Outdoor Classroom Day is coming to Ireland

I make no mystery of my passion for outdoor learning. From writing about the Irish Forest School Association to sending...

Becoming a Cool Planet Champion / Bientôt Cool Planet Champion

“On behalf of the Cool Planet Experience I am happy to inform you that your application to the Cool Planet...

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Walking in an autumn wonderland / Balade en paradis d’automne

Yellow, brown, green, orange, red, golden; Fluttering in the breeze, crunching under foot, floating in the river; Leaves were everywhere...

Leave No Trace – one idea, 7 principles / Sans Trace : une idée, 7 principes

On the back of last week’s post Time to roar for Planet Earth, I am delighted to announce that I’ll be...

Time to roar for Planet Earth / Rugir pour la planète

I’m angry. The bad news about the state of Planet Earth keep coming, yet nothing changes. I’m angry. A month...

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Four Acorns hike up a river in Wicklow / Quatre graines de chêne font de l’aquarando

Let’s go explore… Nearly all of our family adventures start with these words. This is how we ended up river...

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Swimmers / Nageurs

Today, after several days of autumnal weather, summer made an unexpected (and probably short-lived) comeback. We are a family of...

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A family photo shoot with Magda / Séance photo en famille avec Magda

It was a family photo shoot with a difference. No stiff poses or forced smiles for the camera. No carefully...

A poster called Creation / Un poster intitulé Création

Only a couple of weeks ago I found out about a poster called Creation.  My friend Lucy of Kids Of The...

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A lake swim in the “heart” of Wicklow / Baignade en lac au “coeur” de Wicklow

It was the wildest of wild swims. On Sunday we hiked to Lough Ouler, deep in the Wicklow Mountains, and...

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5 ideas to beat the back-to-school blues / 5 idées pour combattre le blues de la rentrée

The acorns went back to school a mere 12 hours after our return from France, and I am left wondering...

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By the beach huts in Houlgate / Aux cabines de plage de Houlgate

For the last day of our French summer, we spent a few hours in Houlgate, Calvados, on the coast of...