I love being outdoors, walking in the forest, exploring and I'm guessing that's one of the reasons that Kitty and Ozzy love it so much too. Right now in the summer holidays it's more important than ever and gives everyone time in the household time to decompress against prolonged periods of time together. Because, you know, I love my family and they love me but it's important to accept and face those rare moments when you annoy each other or you just want some time to yourself. It's those moments that getting outside works wonders.
Sunny days, cooler evenings, rainy afternoons. Wearing sandals, trainers, wellington boots. Walking, running, climbing. Quietly reflecting, planning ahead, letting your mind just not think for a bit, processing the week. Holding hands and keeping close, watching your children run ahead free and keen to explore without you.
On your return home you watch as your family rest after their adventure. You on a film, make a mug of coffee and just enjoy the restored calm that seemed so far away before you went out. Bliss.
And that for me is the biggest importance of getting outdoors in the Summer holidays. It's not the making of memories, it's not the bonding with my family and it's not the nurturing a lifelong love of nature - it's just about keeping the home a place of sanctuary for all of us, calm and harmonious and not letting it build up to melting pot of bored and stressed emotions.
But you know all those other thing are happy side effects...