A back garden microadventure – Paternity Leave Activity #3

Circus Queen’s husband here, reporting on what the toddler and I did at 8 days postpartum.

I first came across Alistair Humphrey when her Majesty showed me an article he’d written in Green Parent Magazine. She knew his ideas where right up my street and could see that it had captivated my imagination, so she bought his book 10 Lessons From the Road for my birthday. This led me to his blog and more research into “microadventures”.

He describes a microadventure (or #microadventure for the cool hipster blogger) as…
“Simple expeditions and challenges which are close to home, affordable and easy to organise. Ideas designed to encourage ordinary people to get Out There and Do Stuff for themselves”

As I’d got a new a tent for my birthday I thought it would be fun for me and Talitha to put it up. Then I thought it would be fun to sleep in it. Her majesty thought I was nuts – her baby brain must be in full flow to allow it!

Talitha was great at helping



She loved playing under and on the fly sheets,


dancing and collapsing in the “bedroom”.


Bed time came around. We got seriously kitted up. Layers are key to staying warm in sub zero camping. She wore tights, vest, pyjama top (I would strip her down to this incase we bailed back inside), her fleece Tigger suit, fleece hoodie and her fleece snowsuit. I wore thermal socks, long johns and long sleeve top and one lambs wool jumper and another heavy knit jumper (loads of pockets of air). I also doubled up our summer sleeping bags. Ideally we should have shared a sleeping bag, but we’re not yet kitted out for that.


We went through the usual bedtime routine, seriously expecting her to be awake for hours. But no, she was asleep in minutes. And slept all night. I, on the other hand didn’t. Too much time worrying about her warmth, the cats outside and my own discomfort.


We woke to a lovely sky and frost on the tent.


Her first introduction to camping; my first formal introduction to microadventures.

Thanks, Alistair.

ETA: Laurence has now launched his own blog, Chasing Wilderness, documenting a search for adventures in the everyday.


  1. March 7, 2014 / 10:11 am

    I bet to Talitha this was a #macroadventure (one can pretend to be hip, right?). Sounds like she had an amazing time and heads off to you, Laurence. I think I would have been with your Majesty on this one – at least before the end of April 😉
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:04 pm

      Good for them. New baby or no new baby, I wasn’t joining them!

  2. March 7, 2014 / 10:41 am

    This is too awesome! Talitha is going to grow up with so many great childhood memories! Great job mom and dad =)
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:05 pm

      I think she may have been disappointed there wasn’t to be a repeat the following night!

  3. March 7, 2014 / 12:00 pm

    Sometimes the best adventures are the ones close to home! Looks like she thoroughly enjoyed herself 🙂
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:06 pm

      She really did! So ridiculously excited. I’m amazed she slept!

  4. March 7, 2014 / 1:56 pm

    this is so brilliant! I’m very impressed, so funny Talitha slept all night and you couldn’t. Can’t wait from Tom and Wilf to do this (maybe in the summer ;)) x
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  5. March 7, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    we’ve camped in the garden before and the kiddos loved it!

  6. March 7, 2014 / 8:23 pm

    This is lovely, microadventures sound fun. We haven’t taken Ebony camping yet, but we did manage to take her motorhoming, much warmer 😉
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  7. March 8, 2014 / 12:36 am

    I love this and such a great idea – we are huge fans of camping and for some reason toddlers go out like a light in tents and generally sleep until morning. I am going to check out these micro adventures out for sure 🙂

    Great post
    Laura x
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    • March 8, 2014 / 8:08 pm

      I was expecting her to be up at the crack of dawn – was so impressed!

  8. March 9, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    Lovely photos of a great micro adventure. Looks like one happy face from her first night under canvas. My kids camp out all the time including this weekend, I have to confess that I don’t join them, one of the beauties of them growing up! I’d be delighted if you joined me on Country Kids with this post.
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  9. March 10, 2014 / 7:30 am

    What a lovely idea, a great one for the dad’s too!

  10. March 24, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Well this is now on my list for the summer 🙂 Sounds awesome and a nice way to test out camping before actually heading out to a campsite.
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