It doesn’t feel like a month has passed since I wrote my last 30 Days Wild post, but it is now the end of July, and I don’t feel ready for August!
We’ve still been having drinks outside, and a few ice creams too, but I got out of the habit of taking a photograph of each daily drink. I’m going to try to capture my outdoor drinks from August onwards, and share them as a summary. I’ve not decided yet whether that will be weekly or monthly, or even both. Which would you prefer?
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Of course nature isn’t just for June; it’s for life.
I’ve always loved nature, and it’s always been part of my life. My parents brought me up to respect nature, and I grew up being fascinated and enthralled by the magic around me.
If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have probably gathered that we’re decorating against the clock. It’s not quite 24 hour days; it just feels like it, but I’m still sneaking in nature, even if it’s watching through the window, or chatting.
I’ve even managed to keep up with my outdoor drink pledge. Drinking outside at night is strangely relaxing and refreshing, particularly after an arduous indoor day. Yes, a cold beer certainly helps, but today a glass of cold water is just as welcome.
Children see things differently. They live in a world where magic exists, and everything is possible. At some point, as the larvae inside grows, they shuck off this wonderful skin.
This week we’re decorating. We have loads to do in a very short time frame, and I’m determined to still find time for nature.
For this years 30 Days Wild, I set myself two challenges. Firstly, to have a drink outside, everyday, whatever the weather, and secondly, to get up at early o’clock and listen to the dawn chorus whilst sat in my garden.
Rose sawfly larvae
Today we visited relatives, and I helped weed and tidy their yard garden. Although they have a back yard, they’ve added lots of pots and a small walled garden, and it’s a lovely example of a simple way of greening the grey.
We’ve been meaning to do a pond dip for ages, because fish and frogs aside, we’re not sure who else lives in there. There are a few creatures we think live in the pond, but do they really?
I was lucky enough to get A Natural History of the Hedgerow by John Wright for Christmas.
It is a fascinating book, with a personal, passionate, and knowledgable voice providing the information. It is split into four sections: The Past, The Present, Natural History, and How Boundaries are Made and Maintained.