309/365 Up a tree

309/365 Up a tree
309/365 Up a tree by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Ruby and I went for a cycle over to the Attenborough Nature Reserve today. This is the first time we’ve attempted this, but with Ruby getting taller and having a bigger bike I thought it was about time we went a little further.

The nature reserve is absolutely wonderful. If you haven’t been, then you really should. It’s an old gravel pit that has been repurposed for wildlife, and it has some lovely lakes and surrounding countryside.

There is one tree near the Nature Centre that is great for climbing, so Ruby decided to stop here for a few minutes. Up she went, like a monkey.

There was a time when I’d have had to climb up after her to get her down, but she’s much more assured on the branches now.

Here’s the colour version of Ruby’s photo, plus one of the tree.


by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

302/365 Leaves

302/365 Leaves
302/365 Leaves by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

It was windy last night and the local trees decided that was a good time to shed all of their leaves. The cycle path on the way to Lenton is pretty much buried.

This cycle path is a bit rubbish too – so many tree roots creating ridges and holes. Cycling down here is a bumpy business.

295/365 Hermione

295/365 Hermione
295/365 Hermione by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Ruby is maintaining her enjoyment of all things Harry Potter and has decided to dress up today as her personal heroine Hermione Granger.

The best outfit we could come up with was essentially her school uniform with the addition of one of my ties (which, sadly, is not Gryffindor colours).

294/365 Climber

294/365 Climber
294/365 Climber by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Clip ‘n’ Climb is all the rage these days. I can see why – it looks a lot of fun.

Ruby was invited to a friend’s birthday party here today, so she got to climb for an hour. She was up and down these walls like a mountain goat and had a great time.

I was a volunteer ‘clipper’ so got to take part in clipping children on and off the walls. My hands are now killing me! I have no idea how people that work there can do it all day.

293/365 Straight

293/365 Straight
293/365 Straight by rutty is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA

Ruby has had her hair cut, a rare event these days. She’s looking to grow it longer, but it gets so thick and she doesn’t enjoy having it brushed when it gets knotted.

She’s had some layers cut into it this time, and had it straightened. She loves it straight, but it takes way too much effort to do this every day.