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Friday, 12 May 2017

Checking in For Five on Friday

It's that time of the week again :)

Hiking
I revisited Camp Echo with Logan and this time we took Aurora along with us too! We set the stove up and had a Chocolate Mint Tea and some snacks whilst overlooking the stunning mountain views
The coolest hiking companions I know!

Logan enjoying the great outdoors

My mischievous little madam
I think the more that kids can be outdoors the better. So many children these days spend the majority of their time indoors on computers, I think it's important to find a balance between technology and the outdoors/old ways. 

Technology
Whilst our little ones are not allowed to spend all of their time on computers we are not complete technophobes (far from it since our businesses rely on the internet and social media) however we make it clear to the children that computer gaming is a treat and use game time as a reward for good behavior and completion of chores. At the moment the Xbox has died so I've taken it apart and ordered the parts that I believe will fix it.

Here's what's under the hood of the Xbox 360
It all looks very complicated but to be honest the hardest part about this type of thing is getting the casing open in the first place because it has built in security measures, the rest is child's play.

Play Time
Being unable to play Lego Marvel on the Xbox hasn't stopped us from being superheroes though

Spidey and a very hairy Captain America
Moving from one spidey to another, ee've also been playing play dough a lot recently, usually animals and insects are in high demand
Play Dough Spider 
And I must confess that sometimes I get carried away with it!
I'm a Snek!


Big Boys Toys
My latest bit of kit is the beauty of a knife below, a Fällkniven F1. Made in Sweden it is one of the most highly regarded knives on the survival/bushcraft circuit

Fällkniven F1 Knife
Mixing old with new in this photo, I've had the SAS Survival Handbook since I was a kid and even left it out overnight in the rain once and after carefully peeling the pages apart and drying it it is still here 20 years later. Anyone that is in to survival/preparedness should own a copy and if I had my way they would hand one to every school kid as a coming of age gift. It covers things like how to light a fire, build a shelter, sharpen a knife, hunt, fish, read animal tracks and build traps etc and really is an incredible read if you're in to that kind of thing.

Birds
This is one of the many houses in our village that is uninhabited:
uninhabited...or is it?
Except it isn't completely uninhabited, on closer inspection it has some unlikely tenants:
Birds in the eaves
I believe they are swifts but would like to hear from someone more informed to confirm/correct this.

Tomorrow Me and Carly are off for a long weekend in Amesterdam to celebrate our 7th Anniversary last week so no doubt next weeks Five on Friday will be Amsterdam themed.


Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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34 comments

  1. So lovely photos at the beginning - reminds me of my childhood: we were 3 familys for hiking, always had a big pot, all childrem must collect woods and we make a fire to cooking a yummy soup outdoor... We were outdoor so much time in 60and 70 years... I like that until today more than sitting by the PC.
    Have a famous weekend, thanks for hosting

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    1. There is always adventure to be found outdoors for those that go looking for it :)

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  2. Your kids are adorable ❤︎ I wish you a great trip to Amsterdam, it must be so beautiful right now.

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  3. Life must be great fun for everyone at your place, especially for your two lively children! I think you're right that the birds are swifts. We have them around our Italian house, but they haven't nested under the overhanging roof lately. Belated best wishes for your wedding anniversary as I missed Five on Friday last week. I enjoyed seeing your wedding photos. Have a good time in Amsterdam! Thank you for hosting Five on Friday.

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    1. Thanks Linda, we had a great time :)

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  4. My 6 year old grand son lives the same life as your children, lots of outdoors (if the weather allows as they live in Amsterdam) and restricted TV and smartphone games or movies. I also think it is very important to combine both ! So you go to Amsterdam ! I know it by heart now, my son lives there since almost 10 years ! Pay attention to the bikes ! They run you over whenever they can, lol ! The bikers are the kings of the road !

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    1. I can definitely agree now that the cyclists are a terror on the roads over there!

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  5. I really enjoyed your post, lots of lovely things. Your playdough animals are so realistic they are almost scary! Have a great time in Amsterdam. Many thanks for the link-up. 😊

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    1. We had the best time in Amsterdam, I will tell everyone all about it for the next Five on Friday

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    1. a change of scenery is always nice now and again, it's not often I get away from home so appreciate it more the few times that I do get away

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  7. Life looks good! We have a fairly relaxed approach to technology but I totally agree, gaming etc is a treat. We are lucky to live in a quiet neighbourhood and kids can play outside whenever they like. I consider myself lucky, being a city dweller and all. All our four kids are Scouts, lots of fire building, mountain biking and hiking, which is great as I only really have weekends for this kind of activities. Looking forward to our first camping trip in a couple of weeks though. Have a great time in Amsterdam.

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    1. That is the best way for children to grow up, with dreams in their heads and responsibility in their hands

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  8. Swifts tend to be brown - so I suspect you have found house martins, or possibly swallows, though they have red throats and I can't see enough to be sure.

    The knife looks slightly scary. I know how to sharpen them but I am not terribly handy with them and I can get seriously cut when I'm not REALLY careful! Can't start a fire to save my life though. Not without matches and lots of paper. I'd have to burn the book. ;)

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    1. that really made me chuckle. i suspect it is not what the author had in mind but in a survival situation, needs must!

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  9. Your approach to parenting sounds very sensible and caring to me. The kids will remember these times spent outside with you when they are adults. So many parents today want to plonk their kids in front of the telly/computer and fill them with convenience/junk food and won't say 'no' to them.... next they complain when they get bullied for being fat at school. Rant over, sorry. It's a subject I feel strongly about.
    I agree that everyone should read that SAS survival book, especially the youngsters on the Bear Grylls programme who had to rely on the oldies to help them. Have a great time in Amsterdam.

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    1. it was painful watching so many of those youngsters fail to start a fire for HOURS on end when several of them were wearing glasses......did they never start fires with magnifying glasses when they were little?

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  10. It was so nice to read about you and your children. The children will not forget the beautiful time. Have a good time in Amsterdam!
    Best regards
    Loretta

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Loretta :) glad you liked the post

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  11. Enjoyed your five now it's time for you to go and enjoy your weekend away. Happy anniversary.

    Diana

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    1. Thanks Diana, we had an amazing time in Amsterdam

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  12. I definitely agree that kids need fresh air and nature. Your children are fortunate that you believe in that! My best memories of childhood are of being outdoors!

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    1. I love being out in the wild, it's just a shame that there is becoming less and less "wild" areas for kids to enjoy these days

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  13. A great Five, love the snakes, not keen on the real ones but your ones appealed to my strange humour. Yes I agree with the technology bit, that's why I'm always getting teen 2 to get outside and help his Dad with some gardening, job etc. Teen 1 helps too sometimes but then he's more motivated to get involved in social opportunities. That's part of it with teen 2, not just the electrical toys, but he doesn't want to do the chatting bit.
    Have a nice break, Cathy.

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    1. we must share the same sense of humour! haha

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  14. Your children are just so adorable. They are being raised in a wonderful way! Lots of fresh air and good experiences...little technology. I wish our grandson had not been allowed to play so much from an early age....it's because his Dad loves gaming so much, so that was what they were sharing. But, now he is horribly addicted. We try to expose him to other things, but it's hard since we are old and "broken" now. As a tiny guy though he would toddle off toward the trees and say "walk in the woods" so it's in his makeup. We just have to draw it back out! :-) I assume you are not off-grid or maybe you use a generator for computer use. I love all your posts! I learn a great deal! By the way my hubby agrees that that knife you show is absolutely one of the best survival knives. He is very big into survival skills. Loves the SAS book as well.

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    1. Me and your husband would get on well it seems, perhaps he can come on a camping trip some time and i'll show him around our part of the wilds

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  15. Enjoyed the post very much. Looks to me like your decision to relocate has proven to be a good one. I've been dropping by to keep up with your progress, I don't always comment box I do always enjoy the pictures and the updates. I wonder if your kids are learning Spanish. If so when they get to be young adults lots of job opportunities for them at the Rota naval base. Never enough translators there. All the U.S. Navy amphibious ready groups have to go there for desnail on leaving the Med.

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    1. They are picking it up quite well, it seems to be easier for our 2yr old than for our 4yr old son, probably because he already has a firm grasp of english whereas our daughter is filing the spanish and english away together as she goes

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  16. I loved your photos - it's great that the kids have such a place to grow up in.
    I'm joining in for the first time over here - looking forward to having a look around everyone's pics over the weekend.
    Fil @ Fil’s Blog

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and joining in with Five on Friday, I loved your post and can't wait to see more in the future :)

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  17. Good luck with fixing the Xbox. They could be purple house martins making those nests.

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    1. Thanks Linda, i'll see if I can get a better photo of them and check it out against house martins in our big bird book :)

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