What is it about a stick??? No matter where we go on the waterways, for towpath walks or cross-country rambles, when passing hedgerows or through woodland, there’s always that desire to pull out a stick and prod, write, drag, or generally waft a stick about…

The stick is a universal toy. Totally natural, all-purpose, free, it offers limitless opportunities for outdoor play and adventure (for all ages!) and it provides a starting point for an active imagination and the raw material for transformation into almost anything! As New York’s National Museum of Play pointed out when they selected a stick for inclusion in their National Toy Hall of Fame, ‘It can be a Wild West horse, a medieval knight’s sword, a boat on a stream, or a slingshot with a rubber band . . .’

Fin and joe construct a bit of a twiggy sculpture in the soft woodland mud…

I blame my grandad for passing the ‘stick bug’ to me. He always carried a walking stick and would pull down the fattest blackberries using the curve of the stick. Joe in particular has caught the ‘bug’ from me… he loves a stick too!

Big sticks and little sticks added to their design…

From pushing twigs into the Kelly Kettle for fuel, to walking sticks and fishing rods, todays post is simply a celebration of all things ‘stick-ish’. And if it sparks your imagination too, why not have a look at The Stick Book.

The magic of the woodland, Molly and Fin find a den…
With sticks and feathers, a ‘hunter’ returns…
The Kelly Kettle in action boiling water on the towpath, the bag of collected ‘fuel’ sticks and twigs in the background…
Joe collecting twigs for the Kelly Kettle…
Joe clearing a route through a bridge hole at the Braunston Rally…
Serious stuff this stick collecting – you never know when you’ll need a good stick…
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