Finding Nirvana

Feeling inspired to get out for door step adventures in spring is not too challenging. Doing this in the deep winter is another story.


Back in January, we had a few snowy days. This is really quite unusual in the UK. We tend to get endless grey days and drizzle that sticks to your face and gets you down. The snow came in suddenly and no one quite believed it. The children woke up opened the curtains and literally screamed. They danced around the room like loons. They wanted to run around outside before even having breakfast. If only there were more times in adult life we could get this excited about something!

Frozen paddling pool

The children all went bonkers in the local park while their parents tended to stand around complaining about being cold and coffee shops being shut. The next day, I decided to try to change my mindset about it.

Micro adventures are about treating each day, as much as possible, like you are exploring some new and thrilling holiday destination. So Adventure #8: Drive north till you find something interesting. I took just my older son in our van and we found ourselves randomly choosing country lanes purely on the basis of just looking interesting. This was strangely liberating. Since the onslaught of sat nav how often do you set out in the car with no specific destination? I could remember doing this a lot as a student, but not in recent years. Eventually we came to Tortworth forest and arboretum. I had never even heard of it.

My son moaned and told me he was tired but I kept him carrying on but pointing things out in the snow you would never normally see. He was fascinated. We saw mole, hare and fox tracks in the snow. Teddy had never even heard of hares before.

A secret fishing lake

The thing we found quite striking was the silence. People were avoiding driving because of the weather conditions and wildlife was tucked away from the cold. It was totally still.

In total contrast, our next adventure #9 was to drink fake champagne on the Eurostar followed by #10 spend sunset at the Sacre Coeur. Paris was really busy and the weather was incredibly warm and mild. People were everywhere and the atmosphere was euphoric. Our children had not really been on a train since they were really tiny and none of us had been on a train under the sea before. It was totally thrilling. I felt like I was in a Bond film. And although we are not a religious family, the sight we saw at the top of the steep climb to the top totally took my breath away. You could see why this location was chosen for such an iconic place of worship. It was Nirvana .

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