He has been spending his time in lockdown with his wife Marina and their two children, Ludo and Iona, at their Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.
And Ben Fogle took to Instagram on Sunday to indulge in some nostalgia as he showed off a portrait of him and his wife from 14 years ago.
The 46-year-old TV presenter and adventurer and his wife sat on their green family sofa in front of a painting of them from 2006 that Ben’s parents bought them as a wedding present.
Looking back: Ben Fogle has taken to Instagram on Sunday to indulge in some nostalgia as he showed off a portrait of him and his wife from 14 years ago
The couple will mark their official 14th wedding anniversary on June 30.
Recreating their pose in the present day, the star uploaded the adorable picture for his 262,000 followers with the caption: ‘My parents gave us this beautiful portrait as our wedding gift.’
The TV personality noted how in the original portrait they only had one dog and in the time since then they have gained two children, two guinea pigs and Storm the Labrador.
He continued: ‘It took many weeks of sitting to create this beautifully finished painting. 14 years later and I have slightly less hair and a little less fat and we lost Maggi and Inca but we have gained two children, two guinea pigs and Storm the lab.
Nostalgic: The 46-year-old TV presenter and adventurer and his wife sat on their green family sofa in front of a painted picture that Ben’s parents bought them as a wedding present
‘Still wearing the same shirt though. I love life’s journey. It has its ups and downs, but without the texture, the peaks and the toughs, life would become a benign straight line of vanilla sameness.
‘Have a great Sunday. Love and peace.’
Ben and wife Marina, who are parents to Ludo, 10, and Iona, nine, took an interesting approach to homeschooling while the children were out of lessons for lockdown.
Fogle, who jokingly dubs himself ‘Mr Bushcraft’, has been teaching his children how to whittle wood and spot wildlife.
Growing up: The TV personality noted how in the original portrait they only had one dog and in the time since then they have gained two children, two guinea pigs and Storm the Labrador
Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, Fogle, who failed his A-levels, said he’s left ‘traditional’ topics such as math and science to his wife Marina.
‘I teach how to whittle wood and make camps. I do the school of bushcraft, and Marina does the school of traditional topics.’
The adventurer, who rose to fame in by appearing in the reality show Castaway, has been putting his knowledge of the wild to good use while looking after the children for the past three months.
‘We have been camping in the garden,’ he said. Offering advice to other families, he said: ‘If you don’t have a garden, make an indoor den and sleep in it.’
Homeschooling: Ben has been teaching his children Ludo, ten and Iona, nine, about bushcraft during lockdown at their Henley-on-Thames home
He also said that parents could make a pond in their garden by digging out a shallow water and filling it with water.
‘You could create a creepy-crawly hotel too,’ he suggested. ‘Find some old wood and bamboo canes and build up a structure. That will attract creatures from woodlice to large beetles. Deer, badgers, pheasants come into our garden.’
Known for his love of wildlife, Ben said he had put a camera in his garden so his children to track which nocturnal animals were paying the family a visit at night and leaving holes on their lawn.
He said parents with an old phone could also use it to record animals at night.
The father-of-two, who’s recently released children’s book Mr Dog and the Faraway Fox, is currently hosting Channel 5’s Return to the Wild.
Family time: The presenter said his family had thrived during lockdown, but admitted he would be happy to see his children head back to school