Hot Hot HOT! · 30 Days Wild 19 & 20
As the heatwave continues so does my desire to stay close to home. I’ve never been the kind of person who can handle sunbathing all day, I’d rather stay cool and venture out in the evening once the temperature drops. I don’t dislike the heat or anything, my body just objects to moving too much when it’s hot. I’m always happier when the sun is shining, but I’m also far less active!
I’ve spent short amounts of time out in the garden, photographing any critters I find and making the most of the sunshine, albeit in small doses, constantly checking on water levels and doing what I can to help wildlife cope with the temperature.
Once the temperature dropped this evening I went for a wander to some nearby community gardens. It’s a lovely little area where local residents, school children, and groups of adults with learning disabilities have worked hard to create somewhere both beautiful and useful. Despite recent problems with vandalism, they still work tirelessly to tend to plants and landscaping and it’s a wonderful place to spend a few minutes on a quiet summer evening. Tonight I watched hard-working bees pollinate the lavender under the golden glow of the evening sun, whilst my dog explored with his nose.
Come 10pm, I’m still sweating, though I’m enjoying watching the seagull chicks on the roof opposite silhouetted against the evening sky. They’ve just started to explore and it’s keeping me entertained!
During the hottest hours of the day, I’ve spent time working indoors as much as possible, but it’s hard to concentrate in the heat, especially when you need to use a heat press for a lot of your work, so in my frequent breaks I’ve been watching nature related videos and catching up on what some of my favourite bloggers have been getting up to. Kirstin of Nature Yak posted the following TED Talk and I loved it so much I had to share it here too…
“Everybody lives near nature. Every kid lives near nature. We’ve just somehow forgotten how to see it because we spend too much time watching David Attenborough documentaries where the nature is really sexy, and we’ve forgotten how to see the nature that is literally right outside our door.”