How was your March? We are really enjoying watching Spring blossom and flowers develop, and have started to spot ladybirds, bees and butterflies around too. We have been on lovely countryside walks, wandered through parklands, hunted for minibeasts in the garden, had fun on a Spring scavenger hunt and climbed trees, amongst other things!
Here are some of our photos from our March adventures…
The #LivingLifeWild IG hastag is still going strong, so nip over and check out all the gorgeous photos there as well!
Thank you for reading about our adventures, and hopefully sharing with us your own ones too. Please feel free to drop your links to any relevant posts below, and take a moment to show the other linkies some love too. 💚 Looking forward to reading your posts!
On Sunday we went to Southend-On-Sea for a day out at the seaside. We love the fresh sea air, sand under our feet and paddling in the water – at any time of year! Here are my photos…
I have also added a couple of new albums to my photo gallery. I have added my Winter Collection (I thought I would finally share my photos of this season before it is over!) and Signs of Spring Collection too, as we have been out on nature walks over the past couple of weeks observing the changing seasons and spotting the earliest glimpses of Spring popping up.
Thank you to Mammas School for sharing their snow walk blog post and beautiful photos of Sweden on Instagram and to Eps and Amy for sharing a lovely spot to go for a walk in West Sussex.
Check out our hashtag #LivingLifeWild on Instagram, there are lots of fantastic photos! Here are just a couple of my faves…
Squiggle has been taking it easy today because her energy levels are very low at the moment. But that didn’t stop her from getting the inspiration to create some simple Sylvanian Families scenes, then take photos of them and write captions. I love how Sylvanian Families continue to inspire her in such a variety of ways! Oh and she has just discovered emojis and hashtags, as you can see from the captions lol… 😬;)😂💗
Sylvanians love playing rounders with chacklat labrordoors #sylvaniansport #rounders!.🐶
In sylvania i can see santa in his slay ! #christmas eve! #sylvanians 🎅😻💟🐰🍭⛄❄🎄
Christmas eve night in sylvania #santashere #christmas night #sylvanians. 🎅🎄🎁🎅🐰💗💚💟💘💟⛄❄👍💗⛄❄👍🍪👍💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💟💟💚💚💚💗💗👍👍🎅👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
Christmas day in sylvania hire is one of meney of my presents #ChristmasDay #merrychristmas #sylvanianfamiles . 🌹🎁🎄🐰🐱🍭💟🎅🎄🎁❄⛄💟💟💘💗💚💚👍
Look at the snow bunny i made, ive put my hat on it #sylvanians #snow.🐰🐇⛄❄💗💚👍🎅👍
Isn’t she just adorable?! I wonder what she will come up with next!
I am quite selective over what goes in my IG gallery, so I really like pretty much all of the photos in my collection tbh. But of course for this post I am going to pick ones of Squiggle and not just use it as an excuse to showcase my photography lol 😉 So I do have five favourites that stand out as I scroll down my feed. Here they are in no particular order…
Well, 30 Days Wild may be over, but our outdoor adventures and love of nature certainly is not! ‘Stay Wild’with The Wildlife Trusts and continue to share nature/ wildlife themed posts on social media using the hashtag #StayWild ~ it is lovely to see what other people are up to!
And here are some of our latest ‘wild’ activities…
Aldenham SEN playground has a lovely natural environment and some resident wild rabbits roaming around too!
Squiggle took this photo herself. I love it! I feel that taking part in 30 Days Wild has meant we both notice and appreciate our natural environment even more than before and has also really helped to develop our photography skills.
I don’t know what this is but I love it, it looks so magical!
We also spent time in the garden, harvesting some of our homegrown vegetables…
Squiggle found lots of snails in the garden, of various sizes…
And we went to Stanborough park for a walk around the lake…
“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.
Squiggle captured the following photos on our walk home from music class. It is actually very urban surroundings; concrete pavements alongside busy roads, walking past nothing but houses, shops and company buildings. I really love that she seeks out and spots the hidden nature regardless…
Our garden has been left to grow freely all this month and is now looking very wild! As I sat earlier, watching various insects and other wildlife going about their business, I felt rather disappointed that at some point it will have to be cut again- it’s their home! But it’s lovely to sit in the long grass and quietly watch and enjoy the nature all around. Here is how it looks now…