Don’t Forget What’s On Your Doorstep.

I think we are all guilty of this from time to time, we plan those big adventures and save up our pennies for those extra special occasions or for when we feel the moment or need arises. Yes we are blessed to live in the incredible Dartmoor National Park, but we haven’t always lived here… Before Dartmoor we lived on the south west coast and indeed, we had many lovely times playing on the beaches. We were in fact so close to the seaside that when the weather was bad, the waves would crash against the sea wall and our house actually shook a little.  Still there were times when months went past and the summer was over and we realised we had been everywhere except to the beach that was literally on our doorstep.

If you have been following me recently on social media, hopefully you will have seen some of the nature pictures I have been taking, I have been enjoying taking pictures so much recently I can barely leave the house without my camera. My poor partner has had to stop the car in many weird and wonderful locations over the last few months because I have suddenly spotted, what I believe to be “the perfect shot!” So many of these incredible views, trees, mossy walls, insects, fungi, are all local to me.

Even as a child I remember going to the big adventure parks and the family bringing enough food to feed the entire park. We always had a lovely time, but some of my fondest memories as a child, were not these extravagant days, but the ones at the park behind my house with a hand full of sandwiches and maybe a pack of biscuits. I guess it’s the time old tale of children not remembering the huge effort that can go into these special occasions but the memories that are created.

When you spend hours staying up on Christmas eve wrapping a huge exciting prezzie in the most perfect paper you can find, and the kids then spend most of the morning sat playing in the cardboard box that the toy came out of. The children don’t realise, and nor should they, that you’ve been up all night cooking mini pizzas and creating fruit kebabs for a special day out. They will remember though, the moment that Granny went down that huge slide with them and crash landed on her bum. No doubt granny had more energy than you did that day since you had been cooking until the early hours… Not that I am going to stop making an effort to do lovely things with and for my children, but maybe we can all tone it down a tad and spend more time seeing what is sometimes right in front of us.

We drove all of eight minutes yesterday to enjoy the incredible 360° views from Meldon Hill just behind where we live in Chagford. We then had a short walk to get to the Tors and triangulation point at the top of the hill and we enjoyed every single second. We were out for around an hour just playing in the grass, climbing rocks and snacking on some gingerbread men! Many times we have spent an hour or so packing our bags with sarnies and god knows what else, to then drive another hour to get to our designated spot for the day. This time it was different and I think we all enjoyed it a little more.

Whether it’s a little river bed, a patch of woodland or the top of a hill, we all have those special places near us where we live that we neglect to remember sometimes. So for everyone who’s googling where to go this weekend and looking through pages for discount vouchers… Have a day closer to home, save your energy, pennies and valuable time. Take a day to enjoy the little things that are just outside your door.

L x

17 Replies to “Don’t Forget What’s On Your Doorstep.”

  1. beautiful photos and a great reminder to appreciate what’s on your doorstep, some of our greatest adventures can be found in lovely countryside just a few minutes drive from home #adventurecalling

  2. I love everything about this post and there is so much truth in it.
    I’m always rushing around trying to do amazing things with my lot when really as you said some of the best times are a simple picnic in the local park. #countrykids

  3. This is so true – there are so many places on our doorstep that get overlooked! There are several areas near London that I’ve never been to yet… the problem is so many places, so little time. Gorgeous photos by the way…

  4. Well said Lisa!
    I often find myself feeling guilty for not spending more time on the beach or walking in the woods, both of which are on my doorstep!
    I always feel like it’s going to take too long to pack everything up and get ready when we only want to go out for an hour or so.
    I need to just get a bag, make sure the essentials are always packed in it and then just pick that up every time we want to just have a quick trip out to explore the beautiful places on our doorstep x

  5. This post really resonates with me, I have the same memories as you of the simple fun times as a child and with my own children when they were small out for days in the country or at the beach with a simple picnic. You live in a beautiful area for making the most of what’s on your doorstep with your family and I’m sure these are the days they will remember.

  6. Beautiful, beautiful photos! I have been doing the same for years, asking my husband to stop the car everywhere and anywhere to take photos, ha! I totally agree with you that most people don’t make the most of their surrounding area. We live in Wicklow, on the east coast of Ireland, between the coast and the Wicklow mountains, and I am continually amazed by the number of people who know very little about either. Tellingly maybe, my most popular blog post is one that lists 10 family outings in the county. 😉

  7. You are lucky to have this on your doorstep! We live in a city so have to drive some distance to ‘get away from it all’. However we always try to find time to get out into nature x #CountryKids Love your photos!

  8. What a lovely post. We are fortunate to live at the foot of the Brecon Beacons so have a vast playground to explore, regularly. Although my bucket list is pretty vast too. 😀


  9. So true about staying closer to home at times – I call it going to the nature reserve on your doorstep! Great photos too, I’m the same with my husband about stopping the care every 5 minutes. Drives him nuts!!! #CountryKids

  10. I love this. It’s so easy to forget about the things that are right on our doorstep and the fact that magical moments can often be the ones with very little planning and effort, just having fun together and enjoying the moment. We are lucky to have some wonderful country parks a few minutes away that the girls enjoy but often if I suggest going out somewhere and ask them where they would like to go, they will ask to go to the playground around the corner from our house. #countrykids

  11. I couldn’t agree more. We’re very lucky that we have hills and woodlands on our doorstep and some of our absolute favourite times are spent in thise local woods, playing and walking. It’s nice to be able to plan big adventures but you need what’s on your doorstep to enable you to get out regularly. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling I hope you can again tomorrow when it opens again.

  12. This is so true! I am a big fan of promoting what is on our doorstep. Children certainly don’t remember the finer details, but they do remember the fun. Great post and something we all should bear in mind. Thanks for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

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