30dayswild day 18- a new visitor to the garden and an evening on Chobham Common

Phil (my husband) was working from home again today, and while hanging out the washing at lunchtime, noticed something land in our plum tree out of the corner of his eye. Backing into the house so as not to startle the visitor, he was delighted to see that it was a great tit sitting in …

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30dayswild day 17- meditating by the river and watching the clouds

One of the major benefits of 30dayswild for me is that it has prompted me to take a proper lunch break at least a couple of days a week. To escape from the office and away from my desk. Lunchtime today found me back in my new favourite park (Sutherland Grange) eating my lunch by …

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30dayswild day 16- red kites overhead, lunch in the wild, cooking in the sunshine and standing up for wildlife.

I managed to fit in quite a lot of wild today, despite working a full day. I escaped to Sutherland Grange at lunchtime, the great park and nature reserve I found earlier in the challenge, where I read my wild book (Coastlines by Patrick Barkham)  while lunching next to the river. At one point a …

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30dayswild Day 15- Following a bee or three

Tonight, after the excitement of Garter Day in Windsor, we came home, I changed out of my posh frock and we got back down to turf removal and planting, to add more pollinator friendly plants to the garden. Tonight we planted cornflowers, more snapdragons and oregano, and cleared more turf ready for further  planting. I …

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30 days wild- a look back at Week 2 and the benefits of the 30dayswild challenge

We’re now almost half way through our 30 days wild challenge. We’ve had a busy week at work, but have found time to fit in wild moments and to start a project to mark our 30dayswild challenge. I’ve been taking a closer look at the Wildlife Trust’s suggestions for 101 Random Acts of Wildness, and …

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30 days wild day 14- wild projects to mark our 30dayswild challenge   

After Phil extended our flower beds yesterday, we have reviewed the way we have the garden set up and have decided that we do not need such a big lawn. Today we marked out the edge of what will be our new lawn area- just big enough for us to sit on the ground with …

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30 days wild day 13- birds of prey and borage

I had a busy day today, as the Lions group that I am part of was organising the Bracknell Show, a community event in Bracknell. It’s the first year of reviving the show, but it was a wonderful day. Part of the fun at the show was a Bird Of Prey Display. It was fantastic …

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30dayswild day 12- a closer look at bees

Today has been all about bees. I tried, unsuccessfully, to fit in some wild time at lunchtime, ending up instead in a very municipal park, devoid of flowers, just brown grass, an empty playground, a couple of trees, several rooks and me. A place I won't be visiting again. My day improved when I arrived …

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30dayswild day 11- life on the edge in suburbia and a surprising visitor

Today I challenged myself to notice the plants making their home in my urban walk to the shops at lunchtime. I work in a council depot, and out of the window I can see a pile of sand, used for filling sandbags in case of flooding. At the moment it is alive with poppies and …

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