"I hope you are staying well during this period. I, like so many others, have had to be very creative to balance work and life with two boys at home.
My children have been helping by setting up a Muddy Faces YouTube channel (link below) and creating videos in the hope of inspiring people to get busy in their gardens during lockdown, complementing all the resources we have already on our Outdoor Hub.
I am proud that we have kept Muddy Faces open during this whole pandemic time, with a reduced, socially-distanced staff. Our turnaround has been terrific and any supply chain issues have been clearly communicated with customers and resolved. I have created an extra section, especially to say thanks to my brilliant team and amazing customers, as I couldn’t fit it all in here (link below).
At home it hasn’t all been harmonious by a long stretch, but as a family we are noticing so many extra little things – how fast the broad beans are growing, the birds seem louder, the wild garlic smells stronger. In April we noticed the cacophony of dandelions and now, as the dandelion seed heads are providing us with so much fun, the blues of the forget-me-nots and the bluebells are catching our eyes.
These little daily connections to nature are so important and it is all strengthening my passionate belief in the restorative and beneficial powers of the outdoors. My aim has always been to help people spend time outdoors – this has never been so important as now, and I am inspired to do more. Early this year we released our Reasons to be Outside booklet (part 1) which explores the benefits of being outdoors (link below).
Hopefully we can inspire you to be outside more (following guidelines) during the COVID-19 lockdown and ensuing months. Any information that we find that is specifically focused on that subject we’ll post here – it’s being gathered and added to as and when we find it – so do keep checking.
Take care Liz
Liz Edwards is the founder and director of Muddy Faces. She is a passionate advocate of the outdoors as a medium to support, encourage and nurture, play, learning and health.
Being dyslexic, Liz has always migrated to working outdoors and, as many dyslexic people do, ended up running her own business.
The heartiest section of our Outdoor Hub - diversity and inclusivity outdoors; videos, guides and articles on the benefits to wellbeing of spending time outside; focused sections on mental health, nature connection and nature deficit, and approaching risk.
With an introduction from Coralie Hopwood of the John Muir Trust.
The Outdoor Hub is a massive FREE resource filled with activities, information and events to support you to get outdoors. Connecting to the elements, nature and each other has incredible positive health and wellbeing benefits.