30 Days Wild – Day 15: Tree Trail

Today we visited Highfield park in St Albans to do the tree trail. A map of the trail, including information about each of the trees, can be downloaded here Highfield Park Tree Trail

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Each month, Highfield Park Trust picks a ‘Tree of the Month’. Last month was the Common Lime (number 6 on the trail)…

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This month the chosen tree is the Deodar Cedar (number 16)…

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Here are some of the other trees we found out about on the trail…

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Monkey Puzzle. This tree is named because monkeys would find it confusing to climb due to its shape. It grows very slowly to begin with but can eventually reach up to 25 metres…

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Red horse Chestnut…

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Squiggle loves finding the numbers and studying the trees. This one is a Dawn Redwood…

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Holly. A well-known native evergreen with spiky leaves…

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Common Larch. This was originally introduced to Britain as an ornamental conifer but is now planted as a timber tree…

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London Plane. This tree is about 100 years old. It gets its name because it is often planted in London and copes well with city pollution…

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Purple Sycamore…

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Swamp Cypress. This tree originates from southern US and is one of the first species to have been introduced from America to Britain…

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Squiggle enjoying our adventures around Highfield park…

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30 Days Wild – Day 14: Puddle Jumping

“Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain.”

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Today has been a very wet day. So we danced in the rain and jumped in puddles. So much fun! There is something wonderful about being outside it the pouring rain- it is so refreshing and somehow freeing too- no one to tell me to get inside, or to put on a coat, or use an umbrella!

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Squiggle also took some beautiful photos in our garden too…

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30 Days Wild- Day 13: Nature Alphabet Hunt

Can you find something beginning with every letter in 5 minutes? We found half the alphabet, can you beat us?!

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Also, remember #WorldMeatFreeDay is today! What are you having for dinner?

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30 Days Wild- Day 12: Watching the Sunset

I took a few minutes earlier this evening to stand outside alone. I listened to the birds sing, looked up at the clouds and watched the sunset. So peaceful. So beautiful.

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We also went to a summer fun day earlier today, where we watched horseball and saw birds of prey (as well as various other activities).

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Horseball

30 Days Wild- Day 11: Good Energy

Today we have been mainly inside working on other projects, but I did spend some time looking through my nature photos, taking action to support conservation and environmental campaigns, and also shared on social media my recent switch to clean energy supplier Good Energy. So I guess I did more today that links in with 30 Days Wild than perhaps I realised!

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If anyone (UK) would like to switch to Good Energy then please do get in touch with me first, so I can refer you to them. For more information please see their website www.goodenergy.co.uk

Squiggle also went outside this morning to practice yoga in the garden again.

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Tree position

30 Days Wild- Day 10: Rainbow Picnic

We are now a third of the way through the challenge already! Today, we made a food rainbow then had a picnic outside.

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This evening, I had a delicious meal with our local natural parenting group at a lovely cafe called The Green Kitchen. Highly recommended if you are local! See website www.the-green-kitchen.co.uk

Afterwards, I walked home during a massive downpour (with no coat or umbrella!) – even though it wasn’t intentional, it was actually very refreshing and fun! It made me smile as I thought of this 30 days wild challenge!

30 Days Wild- Day 9: Garden Yoga and Daisy Chains

We spent most of today outside in the garden. During this time, we did some yoga together, inspired by the random acts of wildness on the 30 Days Wild website. We used a printable yoga poster called ‘Garden Yoga for Kids’ for further inspiration. This can be found here http://childhood101.com/2016/04/yoga-for-kids-a-walk-through-the-garden/

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We also made daisy chains, which Squiggle has never done before, and she liked hair accessorising with them too!
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I can’t believe we are on day 9 already, time flies when we’re having WILD fun!
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Photo taken on our nature walk last week

30 Days Wild- Day 7: Damsel in Distress

Whilst playing outside in the garden this morning, Squiggle spotted a damselfly struggling in her paddling pool. She put her finger out to help and it quickly clambered on. Its wings were soaked and all scrunched up but she set it down in a patch of long grass, hoping they would soon dry out and recover.

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We also found a ladybird lavae too, which was exciting as we had never seen one before!

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As we outside outside in the garden, we also took a moment to reflect on our recent nature walk. Squiggle had asked me to find out more information about some of the wildlife we spotted so we talked a little about that. One of the things she asked during our walk was what these are…

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She was very interested to discover that they are bluebells gone to seed (I didn’t realise, I perhaps should have been able to guess though based on location!!!!) Later, on our walk back from music class, Squiggle looked for more in a small patch near our house where we had seen bluebells in bloom and was very excited to spot some.

30 Days Wild- Day 6: Growing Our Own Food

We have a small area of our garden dedicated to growing our own fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Today we planted out our pepper seedlings and harvested some rocket potatoes from our GYOP project.

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Here is a video clip taken a few weeks ago of Squiggle planting the seeds (and some others too)…

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A fortnight after planting the seeds, seedlings were already growing strong.

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Squiggle gently handled the seedlings as she carefully planted them outside.

Here is Squiggle, harvesting (and then later eating!) our potatoes…

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I love her look of amazement!

For more information on the Grow Your Own Potatoes (GYOP) project, and to register now to take part in 2017, see their website www.growyourownpotatoes.org.uk

30 Days Wild- Day 5: Rabbits and Research

Today we went to Willows Farm to check out the new Peter Rabbit adventure playground. Squiggle had a ‘wild’ time exploring the playground and meeting Peter Rabbit himself!

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It’s World Environment Day and Wildlife Trusts asked the question on Twitter ‘why does our environment matter to you?’ For me, it’s because the health and well-being of all living things, including our own, depends on it- so how could it not matter?! And there is so much beauty in this world, I want to preserve that for our future generations. Our environment matters- it’s that simple!

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Aside from reflecting on this, I have spent this evening watching an inspirational interview with a brilliant conservation advocate. I also saw how Ocean Conservancy search for and protect sea turtle nests (via their snapchat story), which was interesting. Last but not least, I have been doing yet more research on plastic pollution and action planning- but more to come on that soon!