Well April, you have been pretty glorious so far. Thank you for your bright sunshine, and cool breeze. This weekend was full of adventure and breathing out. Whilst Rufus was off on a cubs activity day, the rest of us headed to our secret spot, just outside of Bristol to enjoy the sun.
Our favourite place is in a small wooded valley, with bubbling stream running through it. One side is a pine forest plantation and the other native trees with a carpet of wild garlic, bluebells and wood anenomies.
Charlie chose a spot, on a gravelly ‘island’ in the stream, where the water coursed around us. Bubbling water, bird song and wood smoke – making my heart soar!
Dan lit the Kelly Kettle and I picked wild garlic and tender stems of nettles to make pesto for our lunch later. Nettle tea for our morning break, while charlie whittled sticks and played lumber jack, hacking at fallen branches with the axe.
Recently Fjallraven sent us a couple of their backpacks to ‘test drive’. I love mine, the Rucksack No 21, made from sturdy waxed cotton and leather straps. It’s big enough to house my laptop and cables, DSLR and more. I use it not only on woodland adventures but to meetings carrying all of my ‘office’ with me.
Comfy padded straps means that no matter how much stuff I carry, they never dig in to my shoulders. And large pockets mean that I can access my phone and purse easily on the tube.
The backpack Charlie is sporting is actually Rufus’ school bag. It’s the Re-Kanken in Spring Green (how fitting for a day like today). Rufus loves this bag. The zip opens to reveal the whole inside, so no digging around in the dark trying to find his reading book. It is comfortable and light and a great colour too. I love the hard wearing nature of it, made from recycled plastic bottles, it ticks all the boxes. Cool, well designed, hard wearing and ethical.
And there we stayed, for a few hours. Playing with the fire, whittling, turning over rocks in the stream. I love days like these… a feeling of utter contentment.
Collaboration Note: Thank you to Fjallraven for providing us with these backpacks for the purpose of this review. All words, thoughts and images are my own. Thank you for supporting the posts that make this blog possible.