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Hello friends

It has been a wee while since I’ve written anything with purpose and meaning and to introduce our son to you provides both of those things, to me.

The Explorers Home enters its fourth year and we remain grateful for this platform as it has opened up many opportunities for us and has introduced us to so many of you. After hiking in the Peak District at five months pregnant I was left feeling energised and ambitious and also very overwhelmed. We had just gotten married, both working full time in the city and were both learning and developing as about to become new parents. I had to slow down and the pressures of running a successful blog and writing had to come last, just for a while.

We birthed our sweet boy beautifully in November and we have had an incredible year growing with him and really understanding how to take a step back from the front line and grow ourselves. I feel only now I’m starting to feel and find my rhythm and it seems fitting a year on, to introduce our son to you.

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Arthur, our sweet nature loving, kind hearted boisterous happy boy. He was introduced to the fresh air at 2 days old and hasn’t spent a full day inside since, he has adapted, like his folks to feel cabin fever and gets crazy mad excited when leaving the house. Arthur has adapted and is growing beautifully and we couldn’t be prouder. He is teaching us simplicity. He teaches us how to be pure, happy and honest, how to slow down and take it all in.

Arthur spends most of his time in the ancient forests of London and got his first splinter at 8 months old (much to my horror). He had a winter of developing sounds, lights and his surroundings and spent his first summer exploring the local area and the big city. Arthur crawled for the first time in the woods and now walks through them blissfully. He is our light and he glows magnificently.

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In August we celebrated our first wedding anniversary and we wanted to challenge ourselves without breaking the bank/our backs. We hired a car and drove to the Peak District, a place we know well and feel free. The three of us packed lightly and drove across the wonderful land staying in two Air B&Bs (it was our anniversary after all), one in Cressbrook in the south and the other in Hope Valley. With Arthur on our backs we explored. He collected leaves from the bushes we hiked past and he waved at fellow walkers, he was happy and so were we.

Becoming parents has been the most overwhelming journey and we are constantly challenged and tested, our hearts have altered and grown to allow a new love in and getting to know our Arthur is a blessing, teaching him and being with him is a blessing and the rewards are incredible.

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We are so excited for Arthur’s childhood and to watch him grow with nature and learn to love and be thankful for his surroundings. We’d love for The Explorers Home to be full of tales as we show Arthur our ways and love for the outdoors and experience as he teaches us right back. He is part of us and he’ll be part of this.

The majority of our following have been following me on Instagram and probably already feel they know our Arthur. Thank you to those who have connected with us, have shared our journey and who have provided sanctuary as I delved into the wild and wide world of post natal depression, something I am still learning to live with and will not shamefully admit it and will openly talk about. To those followers we have lost, thank you too, for your once support and know that I totally get it. Perhaps when he’s a little less baby and more adventurer you’ll be back on board to talk camping and not milk supply and nipples.

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