30 Days Wild – Day 28: Quiet Reflection on the Beauty of Nature

“If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” ~ Vincent van Gogh

I haven’t had much time outside in nature today, but I do love how my phone is filled up with so many nature photos now. It is so lovely and relaxing to sit looking through them, like I have been doing this evening.

Also, I spotted a beetle earlier this morning in our cloakroom. When I tried to slide it onto a piece of paper, to take it outside, it suddenly jumped high in the air- it really surprised me! I gather it was a click beetle, I think? I read up on it- and what a funny, clever little thing it is!

I saw great beauty in the clever design of this defence reaction. It really got me thinking about how the beauty in nature (and all living beings) comes in so many different forms.

The Beauty in Nature Comes in Many Forms

The intricate detail on the wings of a fly,

The bright colours of the wildflowers,

The clever defense of a click beetle,

The raindrops on a spider web glimmering in the morning light.

The graceful flutter of a butterfly,

The songs sung by the birds up high, 

The softness of a furry lamb’s ear, 

The transformation of lavae to ladybird, tadpole to frog and caterpillar to butterfly.

The busy bee collecting pollen,

The damselfly by the water,

The rain on my skin,

The assortment of slugs and snails after the rain, making their trails as they slither along.

The bat in the night sky,

The long grasses where we run so free,

The edible fungus in a sea of bluebells,

The wonder of our ocean that connects us all- and the creatures that live there, great and small.

It holds such beauty, our wonderful world, in a million forms, everyday. It is up to us to keep it that way.

30 Days Wild – Day 16: DIY Coffee Scrub

As previously mentioned, I have pledged not to use products containing microbeads. There has been recent good news about this subject; the UK government says a ban is the best approach and that they will lobby for a European-wide ban. There are no details yet on what this will cover or when it will be implemented but it is still an exciting, positive step forward for ocean health and tackling plastic pollution.

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However, trillions of microbeads will still end up in our oceans before any new legislation comes into force. In order to raise awareness of this, and as part of 5Gyres campaign, I am arranging local drop-off points for opened products containing microbeads.

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With this in mind, today I decided to try my hand at making my own natural face and body scrub using coffee, coconut sugar, coconut oil and vanilla extract.

DIY Coffee Scrub Recipe:

1/2 cup of ground coffee
1/3 cup of coconut oil
1/4 cup of sugar
1 tsp vanilla

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