Golden Hour · 30 Days Wild 12 & 13
Day 12 was a laid back approach to 30 Days Wild, though not through choice. I watched the garden birds and smiled at the sight of a squirrel in the local graveyard. It was the first one I’ve seen there in a while, though I know they’re around, just sadly in lesser numbers than they used to be. I’d planned on going for a walk after getting all that boring yet necessary adulting done in town, but I managed to put my back out and ended up in a taxi back home. I’m not totally sure how I did it, though it’s not a rare occurrence and as such it’s one that I’m pretty adept at dealing with. The rest of my day was spent laying flat and moving as little as possible until the pain eased up with the help of painkillers and a hot water bottle.
In town, I picked up this beautiful colouring book from Deyrolle called Colouring from Nature (this is an affiliate link, but I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t like it – more info here!) that combines coloured charts with a more abstract illustration to colour in on the facing page. I couldn’t resist it when I saw it, as whilst I very rarely succumb to the adult colouring trend, I do enjoy it on occasion and this book is beautiful.
Colouring books tend to be reserved for when I need an artistic distraction, but don’t feel particularly inspired to draw. When I’m ill, anxious, or in a bit of a creative rut, they’re great for helping to get me through it. Likewise, they’re a good thing to do when you need to take your mind off of back pain! What’s nice about this one, is the learning aspect. The charts are a great starting point for other research, although they don’t give much more than names of things, that’s sometimes all you need to spark your interest and do more research.
I also picked up some cute metal bird embellishments from The Works and this really cute bird class jar from Poundland of all places. I think I’m going to use the biggest embellishment once I get around to making a nice cover for my nature journal.
Thankfully, by the evening my back was feeling a lot better so I picked a short walk around part of the St. Austell clay trails, amazed by how hot it remained even in the last few hours of daylight. I plan on doing some posts about the trails soon for the Westcountry Wanderings series for anyone visiting the area.
Great tits and goldfinches flitted from branch to branch whilst pools of water glistened in the setting sun. From above we were being watched by crows perched high in the treetops, whilst down below there were purple orchids to be admired.
I came across a beautiful, but completely battered, blue butterfly, watched bumblebees pollinate in the glow of the evening sun, and got covered in wet muddy clay whilst failing to get the “perfect” photo.
My mum, who has a keen eye for plants, took note of cow parsley, white and red clover, germander speedwell, herb robert, buttercup, hairy willowherb, enchanter’s nightshade, ribwort plantain, common burdock, horseshoe vetch, tufted vetch, and wormwood.
I’m still trying to get my head around plants, I know far more about critters, but I’m enjoying looking through an old beat up copy of The Englishman’s Flora, a book from the 70s that tells you the local names for plants alongside folklore and literary references. I’ll be doing a separate post on some of my favourite finds soon, as this one is becoming long enough!
I didn’t want to risk another injury by pushing myself too hard, so we took things easy and didn’t do the whole circular walk, but it was a perfectly relaxing way to spend a warm June evening and lovely to get out of the town.
On the way home I came across a damselfly that had (I assume) flew into the car laying dead in the road. Much to the bemusement of passing van drivers, I scooped it up so that I could bring it home for a closer look. Despite being sad, of course, to have found it dead, it was an amazing chance to really study something in detail. I was blown away by the intricate details and iridescence on the wings, I had to grab a quick photo to share.