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50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4 [Apr. 13th, 2012|05:14 pm]
Tony Grist

This is the National Trust's list of 50 Things To Do Before You're 11 3/4. The ones I did I've printed in red
and the ones I didn't do I've printed in blue.

1. Climb a tree

2. Roll down a really big hill

3. Camp out in the wild

4. Build a den

5. Skim a stone

6. Run around in the rain

7. Fly a kite

8. Catch a fish with a net

9. Eat an apple straight from a tree

10. Play conkers

11. Throw some snow

12. Hunt for treasure on the beach

13. Make a mud pie

14. Dam a stream

15. Go sledging

16. Bury someone in the sand

17. Set up a snail race

18. Balance on a fallen tree

19. Swing on a rope swing

20. Make a mud slide

21. Eat blackberries growing in the wild

22. Take a look inside a tree

23. Visit an island

24. Feel like you’re flying in the wind

25. Make a grass trumpet

26. Hunt for fossils and bones

27. Watch the sun wake up

28. Climb a huge hill

29. Get behind a waterfall

30. Feed a bird from your hand

31. Hunt for bugs

32. Find some frogspawn

33. Catch a butterfly in a net

34. Track wild animals

35. Discover what’s in a pond

36. Call an owl

37. Check out the crazy creatures in a rock pool

38. Bring up a butterfly

39. Catch a crab

40. Go on a nature walk at night

41. Plant it, grow it, eat it

42. Go wild swimming

43. Go rafting

44. Light a fire without matches

45. Find your way with a map and compass

46. Try bouldering (rock climbing outdoors but with safety mats and short drops)

47. Cook on a campfire

48. Try abseiling

49. Find a geocache (use GPS and other navigational aides to locate hidden containers.)

50. Canoe down a river

My score is 21. I've tried to play fair. I'm not counting things I did after I was 11 3/4. Some things I just can't remember. Did I make a mud slide? God knows. Others I tried to do and failed at- notably flying a kite. Does burning plastic toys with  a magnifying glass count as making a fire without matches? I doubt it.


[User Picture]From: sorenr
2012-04-13 08:29 pm (UTC)
I had done 46 of those by the time I was 11 3/4... (Geocaching wasn't really a big deal in the 80's, for one thing! And I never brought up a butterfly, though I did have a pet wasp at one point.)

Also, you blue font for the island-thing confuses me... You do realise that the UK consists entirely of islands, right? :-P
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-04-13 09:35 pm (UTC)
Gosh, but you were an outdoorsy kid! I'm impressed.

:) I don't think large islands count.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2012-04-14 05:12 am (UTC)
Our family holidays when I was a kid were on a tight budget, so my parents would load up our tiny car with us three kids, tents, food and whatnot and take a ferry across to Sweden or Norway for a week of camping in the woods or on the fells... I think they spent well under 200 pounds in today's money on taking five people on a week's holiday!

Also, each summer we three kids were put on a train to visit my maternal grandparents for a week's vacation at their farm. By the time I was 11 3/4 I could drive a tractor, assist at the birth of piglets and chop the head of a chicken, so in spite of growing up in Suburbia I definitely wasn't a city kid.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-04-14 10:18 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great childhood.

There weren't any farms in my family- just the odd golf course...
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