#30DaysWild

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I have been taking part in The Wildlife Trust’s annual initiative 30 Days Wild again this year, and blogging over at Saltmarsh and Samphire.  The Wildlife Trusts basically want everyone to do something wild for the 30 days of June, and it has been a lot of fun so far.

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It’s been a wonderful excuse to try and fit a little more wildness into my everyday life – even very small things like watching the sunset from the window, or walking down to the quay to see what else is mooching around.

Could you do something wild everyday?  You can find more information about #30dayswild by visiting The Wildlife Trusts site here.

Meanwhile, take a look at the things I have been up to by visiting Saltmarsh and Samphire

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The Year in Books :: October 2016

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Bit of an unintentional break from the blog again – I don’t really have any excuses this time, so I will just say sorry for the gap and leave it at that.

Because of the break, I have a couple of months of reading to let you know about, so here we go;

July saw me read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell which I absolutely loved.  It was a warm, funny, brilliantly evocative and had a host of wonderful characters.  Definitely one to add to my favourites shelf to revisit again soon.

I also read Foxes Unearthed by Lucy Jones which was a thoroughly enjoyable look at foxes and the human relationship with them.  It started off with Roald Dahl and his Fantastic Mr Fox and moved off through hunting and hunt saboteurs and ended up with the urban fox. I learned a lot and saw foxes through different people’s eyes which was very interesting.  The key thing I came away with from reading this, is that foxes are just being foxes and any problems humans have with them are our own, not the foxes.  Highly recommended reading. I will probably do a separate post on this one soon as it was kindly sent to me by the publishers Elliott and Thompson

Next up was Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham which was a very unusual memoir from one of my favourite TV personalities.  Using the 3rd person in a memoir is not something I have ever come across before and it gave a very different perspective to a moving and revealing memoir.

Lastly I read If Women Rose Rooted by Sharon Blackie which I am still processing I think.  There is a lot about the Celtic woman in this one as well as a lot of environmental issues.  I am going to write up my thoughts in a separate blog post for this one I think as it was kindly sent to me by the publisher September Publishing.

What have you been reading over the last few months? I have a lot to catch up on!

Organdie. x

#30DaysWild

I have been dabbling in The Wildlife Trusts’ 30 Days Wild campaign this month – and despite the weather not being completely on our side, I have been really enjoying bringing a little bit of wildness into my daily life.

Here are a few of the things I have been up to so far this month;

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A grey and windy beach road in Wells.

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Foxgloves in Holkham pine woods.

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Holkham beach

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Holkham estate

I will also be getting out my pens and paints and doodling some more birds this month – why not?

Organdie. x

30 Days Wild – Nestlings

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I was so excited when I saw a couple of collared doves building a ridiculously flimsy little nest under the eaves near our kitchen window.  I have been trying to peek around impossible corners to see the progress of the nest building, the egg laying and the chicks growing.  They started off as two extremely fluffy, stripy looking balls of feathers, and almost overnight seemed to grow into this;

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I have been watching them avidly – almost not wanting to go and open up the gallery, and instead find myself a comfy place to sit and observe them all day! – and I think they are just about to leave.  As I write this (on Wednesday 24the June) there has been a lot of furious wing stretching and visits to the very edge of the nest.  I don’t think they will be around for long at all.  It will be sad to see them leave, but how very exciting it all is!

Have you seen any fledgling birds in your gardens or parks?  I honestly could watch them all day long!

Organdie. x

PS – this post was written as part of the #30dayswild challenge set up by the Wildlife Trusts – you can find more information about it here.

30 Day Wild – Planting Wildflowers

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As you might know I am participating in the #30dayswild challenge set by the Wildlife Trusts (you can find more information on how to join in by visiting their website here).  As part of this initiative I planted some wildflowers, and I have been amazed at how they have grown up in the last few weeks.

From this:

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Via this:

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To this:

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Can’t wait for the flowers to come out now!

I love it when something so simple brings so much pleasure – and as a huge added bonus, will attract and support wildlife too!  Yes!

Organdie. x