Barely Wild・30 DAYS WILD 11 – 20
Day eleven, much like day ten before it, was sadly spent with a migraine. Unable to move far from my bed I relaxed listening to the birdsong outside, occasionally taking time to peer out the curtains and watch the sparrows on the garden feeder. By day twelve I was feeling better, but still not one hundred percent. I spent the day working on some wildlife inspired designs for Oddity Closet, as well as some that I’m thinking about using for something else entirely, followed by some relaxed journaling. I’ve started putting together a travel journal of sorts, scrapbooking some of my favourite moments from visiting friends in Spain as well as adventures in the UK. When it’s a bit more together I’ll probably put together a post letting you have a peek inside. We also made some progress on mission purple garden fence. It’s been hard getting it done due to the weather as you have to do two coats in one day. Easier said than done when you live somewhere quite damp! It has really added a pop of colour to the patio and I can’t wait to style it out a bit a more with some contrasting flowers and really start putting the area to use.
Finally feeling a hell of a load better on day thirteen I spent all the time as I could outside, taking photos, looking for minibeasts, and soaking up some much-needed vitamin d. I spotted my first speckled bush cricket nymphs of the year, admired a stunning cabbage moth, got lost in the beauty of ferns, and felt sorry for a pregnant dock beetle (is it just me or does that always look like such hard work?!) before spending an evening journaling and watching travel videos on YouTube getting inspiration for places I want to see. I always like to set goals on a new moon and this one was no different, with plenty of time being spent planning future blog posts, adventures, and creative projects.
Day fourteen started off less than inspiring after waking up suddenly after no more than four hours sleep (a reoccurring theme recently) at four a.m. and finding out I’d been eaten alive by mosquitos. Honestly, my legs were painfully itchy that I found it hard to get back to sleep again and instead chilled out in bed listening to the morning bird calls and watching the world slowly come alive. Unfortunately, it just seemed to get greyer and wetter as it did – no epic sunrises here. Unable to return to the land of dreams, but not particularly awake either, I decided to curl up and read for a while until I felt ready to face the day. I’m currently reading both We Bought An Island by Evelyn E. Atkins, one of the sisters who bought Looe Island, and Spain to Norway on A Bike Called Reggie by Andrew P Sykes and I’m really enjoying both of them.
Days fifteen right through to twenty were pretty hectic at times so I’ve had to make do for the wildlife I could see in my daily life. On the train, I caught fleeting glimpses of herons and buzzards, and in my breaks, I took time to appreciate the little things like sunlight shining through leaves (undoubtedly one of my favourite sights in nature). I snapped this photo of backlit ferns and I’m obsessed with all the tiny details! Alongside that, I’ve been practising some wildlife art on my iPad whenever I get a break. I’m trying to get to grips with doing things digitally again, it’s been a while since I sketched on a computer so it’s nice to get back into it. Here’s a quick sketch…
In all honesty I’ve felt a little disappointed with how much I’ve managed to do for 30 Days Wild this year, but my life is in a different place to when I first took part a couple of years ago (which isn’t a bad thing) so I’ve had to approach it differently and make it more ingrained with the things I’m already doing. I wish I was going on longer adventures and spending whole days getting lost in the countryside, but I’m also glad to see how much more I pay attention to the wild in every day (especially in comparison to a couple of years ago when I first took part). It’s simply natural for me to pay more attention to nature now, which does make it feel like I’m not doing anything specifically for 30 Days Wild but is also a reminder of how far I’ve come and how much my relationship with the natural world has improved.