Freshness in the Familiar ~Days 11-15

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We are joining in with the Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild project again this year! Have a look at previous posts to see what we’ve been up to and you can follow our daily Random Acts of Wildness on Instagram.

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_11On Day Eleven, to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday, we made a special drink. Inspired by having used my lilac flowers to make sorbet, I thought I’d freeze our flowering currant flowers in an ice cube tray to pretty up our drinks!

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Following on from using our garden as culinary inspiration, our first peas were ready for picking on Day Twelve! My son was delighted and clutched them as he played in the garden, until they were ready to be podded for dinner!

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I spent Day Thirteen making clay creatures, building dens and playing games in the rain, in the woods with a group of 4-11 year olds. It was so lovely to see how the ‘family’ groups worked together and, as I’m currently training to become a Forest School leader, I was really inspired by the day.

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On Day Fourteen we went for a walk down to the stream. We hadn’t been for a fortnight and it was wonderful to see how it had transformed! The tiny ferns that were just beginning to unfurl were now reaching across to each other, tempting us to explore what lay beyond them in an almost prehistoric land… I do so enjoy witnessing the changing seasons and those changes are so dramatically obvious here. Even though it is a familiar place, we are always able to explore something new.

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We had a play in the rain and then a lovely little picnic on the living room floor on Day Fifteen. We explored our new book -A Year in the Life of an English Meadow- as we ate. It is just beautiful and it was lovely to see the flowers and grasses from my baby’s meadow. I was also able to identify two (I think) which I’ve always wanted to be able to do -Cocksfoot and Yorkshire Fog.

These past five days seem to have been about experiencing something new or in a different way.  Enjoying the plants in our garden in our food and drinks and a taster of a new path for me. Making new discoveries in our regular spot and identifying grasses that are so familiar to me, yet I have never known their names.

Doing something ‘wild’ doesn’t always mean doing something big! We have had new, little experiences in the familiar and they have been just as memorable. They will become part of our traditions and our future no doubt and I just love the feeling of learning or discovering something new. I think nature provides so many opportunities for this and you don’t have to look to hard to find them!

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