For the past 6 years or so it has been our family’s tradition to go for a big hike in the Mourne Mountains on the first of January. While we aren’t big on New Year’s Resolutions, believing you can work towards your own personal goals or aim … Continue reading New Year’s Day Hike 2021
This year we decided to take The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild nice n’ slow. We’ve been taking part for the past few years – aiming to do something ‘wild’ each day during the month of June – and have always enjoyed thinking of creative … Continue reading IN PICTURES – OUR 30 DAYS WILD
Our final week of 30 Days Wild here in Northern Ireland was absolutely wonderful! We have been well and truly spoilt with great weather for most of the 30-day June challenge which has made getting out and about, exploring, enjoying our natural surroundings so easy … Continue reading 30 DAYS WILD – WEEK 4 AND BEYOND…
I arrived home from work around 6pm on Saturday, grabbed a quick shower and change of clothes, popped our small tent in the boot of the car along with a few snacks and off my husband, Trevor, and I took for a night of camping … Continue reading Mourne Mountain Microadventure
Last Thursday evening I had the absolutely joyful experience of going on a local forage walk with a local girl I follow on social media. I met up with Clare, who I had met through Instagram, for a beautiful sunny evening stroll through Cregagh Glen … Continue reading WILD FOOD – A LOCAL FORAGE
With recent bursts of sunshine, longer days upon us and the end of the school year rapidly approaching our thoughts have inevitably turned to our summer plans when we will spend more time outdoors as family. I especially love this time of year, when I … Continue reading OUR OUTDOORS ‘TO DO’ LIST #30DAYSWILD
I haven’t been very good at keeping up to date with my blogging during 30 Days Wild but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been taking every opportunity to get outside. Some days it was full on adventure – exploring woods, climbing trees or taking … Continue reading 30 Days Wild – Days 15-30
Making time for moments of wildness in the everyday…
Cloud watching in the park…
Rescuing a frog from our naughty cats…
Going for a 5k run in the rain and pausing to admire the wild flowers and learn about some local species of trees and wildlife…
Watching heavy rain while wrapped in a blanket…
And relax…is there anything nicer than a quiet cup of coffee in the garden after a long day at work?!
My morning was spent pottering about in the garden – tidying up, hanging out laundry and generally just enjoying the benefit of the beautiful weather. Our beautiful cat, Luna, came to keep me company and I gave her a good groom as her heavy winter coat is shedding loads right now. She purred happily, adoring the attention and we left her fur on some branches for the birds to use for building their nests.
The sound of the bees busy at work was so lovely and kicking back and appreciating the blue sky and heat from the comfort of my own garden was a real treat.
The afternoon was busy once the children returned from school. I walked to the shops with my youngest who enjoyed smelling plants along the way. We planted some flowers into an old vegetable rack I had lying in the garage, did some feet painting, kicked the football, did homework, played ping-pong, had dinner outside and basically just enjoyed some family fun outdoors. The kids loved running around in their bare feet, getting dirty, rolling in the grass and having lots of laughs. We could get used to this weather!
Now, as the sun gets lower in the sky, the birds are still chatting to one another, it sounds like they are discussing their wild day too!
On returning home from work this evening I was greeted by my youngest son proudly showing off his drawing of a spider’s web he had done after school. He had found the web on a plant in our garden and wanted to sketch it!
After being indoors all day it was a welcome treat to be handed a cup of coffee and told to go sit in the garden and relax for a while! I watched my husband and boys played football and the neighbour’s kitten even came to say hello. She likes playing in our patch of long grass and pretending to hunt my toes.
After tea we did some bug hunting and watched a spider catch and eat its supper – the kids were intrigued by this.
Once the kids were all tucked up in bed, stories read and lights out it was still lovely and warm outside so I decided to repot a tomato plant that a friend had given me. I planted it in a sweet little colander I found in a charity shop and I’m quite pleased with the result. Fingers crossed that it bears fruit because my oldest son is tomato mad!