Ok, I admit that Sylvanian Families might sound like a very loose connection to the 30 Days Wild theme! But this lovely day out is held in a picturesque village, set up by a little river with ducks and other wildlife, with a pretty flowery backdrop for the character meet and greet. It was very scenic! It was really nice to visit somewhere different, as well as the excitement for Squiggle of a Sylvanian themed day out of course- as has been mentioned on this blog many times before, she is a big Sylvanian fan!
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!
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.
We are now a third of the way through the challenge already! Today, we made a food rainbow then had a picnic outside.
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!
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!
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!
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!
This morning Squiggle found several slugs in our garden. She watched them closely and noticed that they were various different sizes, then she held them gently before carefully placing them in a safe spot.
“Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” ~ Dalai Lama
Squiggle’s own photo of the slugs.
As for me, I have been trying to identify some of the wildlife we spotted on our recent nature walk. Turns out that developing my own identification skills is more of a challenge than I thought!
For day two of our #30DaysWild challenge, Squiggle and I went on a nature walk. We spent lots of time studying things and taking photos. In fact, Squiggle took so many lovely pictures that we decided sorting through them and sharing them could be one of her future challenges for another day! We were also intrigued to find out more information about some of the more unusual things we spotted, so an indentification and research challenge is also on the cards for another day too!
Squiggle collected some natural items she found on the ground during our nature walk.
When we got back home, Squiggle drew a nature walk picture and wrote a poem.
A drawing of wild flowers in very tall grass.
‘Nature’ ~ A poem inspired by our nature walk.
Then she typed a quick message to The Wildlife Trusts to let them know what we did today.
“To day we went on a nature woork tok lots of photos wen we got back we did a nature powim and drorin xxx”
As for me, we saw lots of beautiful and interesting things, and I took plenty of photos too, but this captured my attention the most! So fascinating, and incredibly vibrant colours- the photo does not really do it justice.
I have been to Combe Haven a number of times previously, over the course of many years, and have always enjoyed it anyway, but I have to say it has it has really cleaned up its act in recent years! With the option of lovely newer style caravans (with central heating as standard), great new play areas in Seaview Village, Rory’s Adventure Playground redesigned this season and new outdoor nature sessions for kids too, the whole site has a far more ‘natural’ feel to it than it used to. And we are really impressed with all of these improvements!
A quick tour of the caravan we stayed in (new style)…
Quick outside tour of the site…
Rory’s Adventure Playground…
Play areas at Seaview Village and outside the entertainment complex…
Indoor activities include arcades, sports centre (not pictured) soft play and indoor swimming pool (pictured from outside)…
There are character shows during both daytimes and evenings. The seaside squad and funstars were brilliant, they do a great job…
Character meet and greets…
And last but certainly not least, we were there for Rory’s birthday celebrations, which Squiggle was thrilled about!
Great holiday, would definitely recommend, and we hope to return again soon!
We had a lovely time in Highfield, St Albans for a few hours this afternoon. We know this part of St Albans very well as we used to live there so we enjoy just generally wandering around the area. Highfield Park itself has lots of open space and a tree trail, details of which can be downloaded here A60148_Highfield_Park_Leaflet_P5. There are several small toddler play areas dotted around, mostly tucked away in quiet corners of the residential streets. The Trestle Arts Base and Charters Health Club are also situated in Highfield, both of these venues have various classes and activities for children and adults alike. We have many happy memories from community events that have been held in various locations within Highfield over the years, such as Larks in the Parks and an Olympic Themed Fun day to celebrate 2012, as well as various other fundraisers and of course the annual Highfield fete. There are also regular Health Walks that happen here too. More information about Highfield Park, including information on various events and activities that occur throughout the year, can be found on their website www.highfieldparktrust.co.uk
We went to Van Hage today, not for the first time, but I really think it deserves a mention as a great (and FREE) family trip out. In addition to things you might typically expect to find in a garden centre there is a lovely animal garden. They have a range of animals there and offer opportunities to interact with some of the animals at weekends and during school holidays (see website for details). There is even a miniature train ride (small charge of 80p per passenger applies).