Boys in the wood…

This Saturday, we spent the morning at the Cinema for Charlie’s birthday party, and by the time we emerged the best of the weekend’s weather had past.  We were in desperate need of fresh air and to work off all the pick & mix consumed. So we gathered up waterproofs, gloves and knives for an afternoon in the woods.
Our new favourite spot is the woods to the side of National Trust Tyntesfield estate. If you are in the carpark, looking down into the valley.  The house is to the left and the woods is to the right.
The weather was wild.  Squally. Strong gusts of wind made walking down the bridal path difficult.  Followed by lashing rain, driving hard into our faces.  We made camp on the edge of the woods, overlooking the field of brassicas.  We could see the weather front moving across the hills on the other side of the valley.  Here, sheltered by the woods we let the boys loose with their whittling knives.
Charlie has just been given by his Grandparents ‘The Stick Book‘, perfect for all kids who love to have a stick in one hand whilst out in the wilds.  He was also given a pen knife from his school friend.  Quite sharp and pointy, but he managed well with some initial safety guidance.
Rufus used the Opinel knife.  The perfect whittling and outdoors tool.  Good for cutting and stripping bark, and buttering your bread too.  The rounded head meant Ru wasn’t going to stab himself, but the blade was sharp enough to make whittling a breeze for him.
And there we sat, in the many showers and sunshine that followed.  The boys whittling sticks to a point, discarding and starting again.  Next time, I must remember to take my thermos! (school girl error!).

If you’d like to get your child into whittling there are some great places to buy their first knife:

Fforest General Stores
Hatchet + Bear

  • This just cracks me up – sitting in the miserable weather so your sons can play with sticks and knives – and without hot tea! You get the Mom (Mum) of the Weekend Award! And the fact that his grandparents gave him a book about it – not something my parents would do. Though I so love that you took them outside to do this rather than camping in front of the TV for the afternoon!

  • I think I probably need to let Lucas have more fun like this…he’s seven and I’m quailing at the thought of letting him use a blade to whittle a stick! When I was seven I was roaming the moors alone and exploring nature…life seems so different just now.

  • My boys love making ‘poking sticks’ and they use them to root about in the undergrowth looking for bugs and mushrooms. I’m going to have a look for the stick book my 7 year old would love it!

  • Beautiful photos, love the way you edit them. The colours in the first shot are stunning.

  • Thanks Lou – fab post… I might try and get the girls into a bit of whittling – I used to love doing it as a kid too…stripping off the bark and then sharpening to a dangerous and deadly point… and then colouring it in stripes with felt tips! Such a girl…

  • O my, ski gear and no snow in sight…it must be freezing in your part of the globe! My boys love carving too xx

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