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Make 2017 your year to Get Outside!

I recently read an article titled 'Nature isn't something that you "Go To"', where the author argued that phrases such as 'getting back to nature' and 'exploring nature' underline how disconnected we have become as a society from our surroundings. Suddenly nature is something we have to go and look for, rather than something we see ourselves as being a part of. Of course, when stuck in a building all day, yearning to be outside is entirely understandable, you only need to visit a primary school at playtime to see the joy that the outside brings. Like many animals, humans have evolved to be both constantly using their bodies, and interacting with their environment, and parallels could be drawn with pets kept in cages - they may have everything they need, but it's still not the same experience as foraging for your own food, knowing the pull of a current or even feeling the anticipation of the unknown.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

Getting outside isn't just about visiting our wild spaces. Feeling the sun on our face, stepping in puddles on the road and opening our eyes to the history and heritage that surrounds us, all adds to our sense of identity, and therefore our well-being - after all, the ground, stars and the air we breathe, as well as our collective story will still be here, long after we are gone.

If you have ever released an animal from a cage you may have noticed that they are often reluctant to leave. Perhaps they feel a lack of confidence, instinctively recognising that they may not have the skills to thrive in a wider environment, but, by having the opportunity to move in and out of those habitats, their confidence grows and their abilities develop, just in the same way as the more time we spend outdoors the more comfortable we become with it.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

I believe spending time outside is fundamental to our health and well-being, whatever your interests and location. There is so much to see and experience as soon as you step out of that door - our cities are filled with wonderful history, culture and fabulous people, while our rural areas contain much of our industrial and agricultural heritage as well as our precious wild spaces. Wherever you live, it is simply a matter of stepping out of that building and starting your adventure - you will be amazed by what lies there waiting for you.

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOutside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

 

We are delighted to have been chosen as one of Ordnance Survey's #GetOuside Champions for 2017, and our role is simple - whether it's picking dandelions on the way home from school, making a den in the woods, or taking the kids to check out that church you can see on top of the hill, we want to get you outside!

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20 Comments

  • Reply Jenny

    Hi Sarah,

    I feel like my family is weak when spending so much time indoors. And I can feel that I am not healthy when I am just inside, though there are so many things to do to make myself busy, the atmosphere outside is different.

    October 27, 2017 at 8:16 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I agree Jenny, it’s amazing how much better you feel when you have a spell outside.

      October 29, 2017 at 5:41 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I love your thoughts on this! Our family spends way too much time indoors. When we do get out and go for walks or bike rides, we enjoy it so much.

    March 31, 2017 at 11:13 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Heather, I think lots of families are the same. Once kids are out they love it, but getting them out is another matter!

      April 1, 2017 at 9:30 am
  • Reply Annette, Four Acorns

    Fantastic blog post Sarah, I agree with every word you wrote! You actually spelled out our family’s philosophy. I read this week an extraordinary essay by Carol Black, called A Thousand Rivers, and your analogy with caged animals reminded me of her ideas. x
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    January 20, 2017 at 11:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Annette, I’ll check out Carol Black’s essay. Spending so much time indoors is such a new phenomenon – I think we’re only just starting to see the negative effects it has on people x

      January 31, 2017 at 2:56 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Louise Haden

    A big congratulations about your accomplishment, you must be thrilled! I entirely agree with what you’ve written. The Great Outdoors conjures up for indoor loving folk, scary, adrenaline fueled sports (which I love)! but it doesn’t have to be that. Like you say there’s so much history and culture attached to the outdoors whether it be in a city or countryside. When I used to live in the city, I was forever visiting parks, they were my piece of heaven. One thing we can’t deny, is the amount of scientific proof available to show we need the outdoors to thrive!

    January 20, 2017 at 8:43 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Chelsea, I really do believe there’s something out there for everyone, it’s just encouraging people out there to find it 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    I think that if we live in cities and built up areas we tend to forget that there’s a great big wonderful outdoor world out there to explore. It’s a bit easier in the country since we’re immersed in it as soon as we leave our front doors. I could never live in a city, lol!
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    January 20, 2017 at 8:19 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I used to live in London, and city living is definitely a very different experience but they are great places to get out on foot and explore – so much to see 🙂

      January 31, 2017 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    I’m so glad your blog and you were chosen as a champion for Ordnance Survey’s #GetOutside campaign Sarah. I don’t know of any other blog I’ve followed as closely as yours to get my my soul refilled with nature’s beauty. Every time I read one of your posts I want to take off my shoes and run through the fields just to topple over a look at how the clouds dance across the skies. Thank you for all the recipes and beauty you’ve shared in 2016.

    January 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      You always say the kindest things Michelle – I really appreciate all the support you give us and now have visions of you running off into the African sunset in your bare feet!

      January 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Claire Robinson

    I really liked this. You’re right about getting outdoors having so many health benefits. I’ve been stuck inside for a good few days because my daughter is poorly and I CRAVE fresh air and birds singing. A great post.
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    January 18, 2017 at 10:01 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      I do hope your daughter is feeling better Claire, it horrible being stuck in ill (or with someone who is!) – bird song is one of the things I love about being outside too 🙂

      January 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Cal at Family Makes

    This is a great campaign to be part of!

    January 17, 2017 at 9:51 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It is a great campaign, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to take part 🙂

      January 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love the outdoors, but I’m afraid I just don’t get enough of it anymore. And with the hubby changing jobs it’s going to be even more hectic for a while. I already miss the fresh air and sunshine.
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    January 17, 2017 at 9:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Life is so hectic nowadays Linda that I think a lot of people find the same thing – we end up using our cars for speed and lose the opportunity to walk to places.

      January 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm
  • Reply Sara @ allaboardtheskylark

    Hear hear! It is so important to get outside and escape the town for a while. I’ve just been writing about a recent visit to the rugged coasts of Cornwall. It was so refreshing and did me the world of good to breathe in all that fresh, sea air.
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    January 17, 2017 at 7:29 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It really does recharge the batteries doesn’t it – Cornwall is so beautiful 🙂

      January 19, 2017 at 4:19 pm

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