Everyday Nature・30 DAYS WILD 6 – 10
Has it been another 5 days already? Wow. I honestly haven’t achieved a lot over the past few days, at least not wild related, due to somehow injuring my hip. It hurts like hell to walk and I think I’m going to have to try and get a doctors appointment if it’s no better tomorrow, though fingers crossed it will be! That being said, I have managed to make space for nature in my day to day life and that’s what this challenge is all about even if I am gutted I haven’t been able to go on some epic adventures. I’ve got itchy feet!
On day six we managed to take pog dog for a short walk to a local park after a few days of being stuck inside due to a sore on his stomach. We’ve had to be careful and not take him anywhere too wild whilst it’s healing up, but it was lovely to get out and enjoy some evening sunshine. The highlight was being joined by a beautiful thrush, one of my favourite UK birds but one I don’t see anywhere near enough. Their feathers are so pretty! Sadly it wasn’t close enough for a photo as I only had a compact camera with me.
Day seven was about conquering some small fears. I love insects, but there’s some of them that just freak me out a little. I’m not sure what it is, but I’ve got a slight irrational fear of crane flies. I know they’re harmless, but there is something about the way they move that just kind of makes me shudder! Of course, the best way to get over a fear is to expose yourself to it, so I forced myself to get up close and personal with my macro lens. What’s more, I didn’t freak out!
I was treated to an encounter with a crab spider on day eight. I always think they’re so cute, but I rarely see them (in part due to their amazing ability to camouflage themselves and in part, I’m sure, due to the unfortunate decline in all of our wildlife). It was on a Welsh poppy, and I only managed to get a quick shot before it darted away and hid beyond the reaches of my lens. Definitely a shy little spider!
I ventured further afield on day nine and headed up to Totnes to catch up with one of my favourite people. Upon arrival, we headed to the Waterside pub for a quick coffee, where we were joined by the first ladybug I’ve seen in the UK this year. Then it was off to the high street for a wander around the shops where I got a few wild themed goodies including a beautiful hare door handle gifted to me by my friend and a lovely bee drawer knob that I’ll be using in an upcoming upcycle project. We also checked out the most amazing plant shop (I seriously wanted to buy everything, but I’m not sure it would have made for an easy train journey home haha).
After shopping, we headed down to the river where an event was taking place. Sadly I was very disappointed to see that Pennywell Farm was there with the cutest tiny goats that had had their horns removed, all for the sake of being in a petting zoo. You could see how sore they still looked and I can’t help but feel heartbroken. The poor things evolved to have horns for a reason and whilst removing them is a more common practice than I would like I don’t think it is at all justified. When I was a child I spent a lot of time around goats who all hard their horns intact and I survived! How are we meant to teach children about possible dangers when we go around removing anything that could possibly cause them harm? I really don’t feel like this health and safety mad society is benefitting anyone or equipping future generations with common sense.
For day ten I was unfortunately pretty bed bound due to a migraine. I took the time to browse through other people’s wild photos on social media (which made me pretty envious if I’m honest) and watch the garden birds from my window. I’m always disappointed on the days when I can’t get out, it feels like I’m failing the wild challenge, but it’s also proof that you can be more aware of nature even on the days you can’t make it out of bed.
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