#LivingLifeWild – Growing Food and Latest News

This week our potatoes from the GYOP project arrived, so we are looking forward to growing these very soon. We also signed up for the RHS School Gardening Campaign too; Squiggle was actually talking really recently about how she wants to grow some of her own herbs, so it was the perfect timing for us to then come across this campaign! 

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I have decided that going forward I will run this linky monthly. It will open the first day of each month and remain open until the last day of the month. You can therefore link up anytime throughout the month, and you are also welcome to link up as many relevant posts as you wish (old or new). This linky will run until the end of this month now so please do join in and let other people know about it too! 

All I ask is that everyone takes some time to look at other posts that have linked up and comment on some too. I would also appreciate it if you link back to my post in yours. Thank you! 

My favourite instagram photos this week are:

This is the girl who refuses to sit down in the bath!

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I love this one because it is so cute and reminds me of Squiggle when she was that age – I have a very similar photo myself!

The next one is this gorgeous snow picture.

Remember this linky will now be open until the end of February and you can link up more than one post. I look forward to reading, thank you! Stay Wild!!!

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Squiggle’s Guide to Protecting Our Environment (#LivingLifeWild Linky)

Thanks to Views From An Urban Lake and Agent 54 for sharing their beautiful photo posts, and to Mamma’s School for sharing her island adventures.

My IG pick this week is this adorable photo by The Penny Three. Do check out the hashtag #LivingLifeWild on instagram yourselves though, there are lots of really lovely outdoors photos!

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This week, Squiggle would also like to share her top tips for green living:

Pick up rubbish when you see it🚯🚮♻

Use recycled pacaging insted of rubbish ♻or better still none♻

Using Straws&cups made with *natrle meterils 🍹or reusable ones

Use organic cottens or hemp or Bamboo for cloths👕

Try not to make too much food waste and put eny in the food waste bin ♻🍎🍉🍑🍒🍓🍇

 *(natural materials)


Do you have any other green living ideas to share? Comment below!


Stay wild and green, see you next week!

#LivingLifeWild Linky

Thank you to everyone who linked up last week. There have been some lovely outdoor adenture posts, such as Squished Blueberries sharing their experience of watching the sun rise on the beach. Mummahub did a wonderful job of reminding us how great getting outdoors is for our stress levels and restoring peace, and over on instagram Mammas School has some fantastic unique ideas so do pop over and check her out for inspiration!

I have chosen two instagram pictures to share this week…

This is a stunning photo by Dermot Cosgrove. Read about his adventures in an interview with Phonetic Planet here. I love the quote too!

The second one, I simply love the way the photo captures the sunlight…

Please do link up your posts below, old or new, and use the hastag #LivingLifeWild  For more information, read here.

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Happy wild adventures!


RSPB #BigGardenBirdWatch 

We took part in the Big Garden Birdwatch organised by RSPB last weekend, which is a huge nationwide survey carried out by roughly half a million people across the country to help gather a picture of garden wildlife in the UK. Carrying out a citizen science project is not only a really valuable form of research to take part in, it is also a really fun real-life educational opportunity too! 

So Squiggle and I had already prepared our garden for winter, and ensured it is welcoming, with a bird feeder. So we simply added some fresh sunflower seeds and peanuts right before we begun our bird watching then made ourselves comfortable by the patio door.

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It didn’t take long for a couple of birds to fly over and land in our little tree. 

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Over the course of an hour, various types of birds landed in our garden. We were pleasantly surprised how many we actually spotted in that relatively short time frame.

Squiggle used the RSPB sheet to help her figure out the difference between great tits and blue tits, which we both found really fascinating, and were excited to spot both types in the garden during our birdwatching! We also discussed the difference between crows and blackbirds because Squiggle was abit confused. We also saw pidgeons and magpies too, which Squiggle was able to recognise immediately.

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We then analysed our data by discussing how many different types of birds we saw, how many of each type, which was most common etc… Then we submitted our results to RSPB and looked at the visual results chart too.

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Squiggle would like to thank the RSPB for organising this and sending us the pack! 

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I loved reading everyone’s posts from last week, and seeing your pictures too. Thank you all so much for taking part! Even when it’s cold and you feel reluctant to venture outdoors, it can turn out to be lots of fun, can’t it Eps and Amy?! lol! (Check out the blog post to see what I mean!) 

I have chosen the following instagram photo to share by Mammas School but it was a tough choice! I particularly loved this photo because I never would have thought to do pond dipping at this time of year, but it’s a great idea! 

All of the photos are fab though, I really loved seeing all of your adventures and look forward to seeing more this week! Don’t forget to use the hastag #livinglifewild and also tag me too so I don’t miss it!

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This week we are preparing to do some citizen science for the Big Garden Birdwatch with RSPB. We have got our pack and made sure our garden is inviting and bird friendly! The Big Garden Birdwatch takes place this weekend from 28th-30th January. If you want to take part you can apply for your pack and download it here.

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Share your posts (old or new) via the linky below. If you need further information about #livinglifewild hashtag and linky please check out the introduction, or contact me if you have any questions. Lastly, apologies again about the badge (teething issues!) – I am trying to work out how to resolve it, but have removed it temporarily until it is sorted. Please feel free to text link to my blog instead if possible, thanks. 

Have a fantastic wild week everybody!!!


Introducing #LivingLifeWild Community

Welcome! I am SO excited to introduce you all to #LivingLifeWild – the new hashtag and weekly linky for any posts and photos related to nature, wildlife, green living, environment and outdoor adventures…

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The Linky

Each Thursday I will post up a new linky for you to share your latest blog posts related to the theme. The linky will remain open until the following week, when the new one begins. If you do share a link, please comment on the linked up post directly before your own, the host post (ie mine) and at least one other. I will always try to comment on all of the links shared too. Also remember to grab a badge and share it on your blog post too! (Edit 22/01 teething issues with my badge! Please tag me in your post instead until I get the badge running, apologies and thank you!)

The hashtag

This does not mean you have to be a blogger to get involved! Anyone can join in; please tag me in your own latest nature, wildlife, green living, natural environment or outdoor adventure photos/ posts on instagramtwitter or facebook and use the hastag #LivingLifeWild to be part of our community. I will share as many on social media as possible, plus I will also choose one or two to share in the following week blog post too 💚

I hope this explains things well enough but if you do have any questions then please feel free to get in touch via the comment section below. 

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So to kick it all off, I am going to keep it very simple for this week and just share my most recent instagram photo from this past week:

I can’t wait to read your posts and see your pictures! Have a wild week, see you next Thursday!

Katie xx


How To Protect Garden Wildlife This Winter

As the weather turns colder, the trees grow bare and frost lays on the ground, it is time to start thinking about how to protect the wildlife in our garden this winter. The main thing we can do is provide safe shelter and food. One of the simplest things that anyone can do is to let grass and hedges grow long and wild over winter. This provides a natural place for a variety of wildlife to hide. But there are also lots of other ways we can help too.

For example, we spotted this hedgehog hideaway at a local garden centre recently, which we thought was a great idea! However, if you do see a hedgehog out during winter when they should be hibernating, it is best to contact your local hedgehog hospital or other experts for advice.

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Another popular idea is a bird house or feeder. Squiggle attempted her own DIY version; it is rather on the large side but a very interesting design and all her own work of course! She is going to try making a smaller feeder next, using a carton with entrance hole cut out and stick perch. I’ll post the results when it’s done! Remember to keep bird feeders away from anywhere that predators can easily reach them, but still near shelter if possible.

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For our tiny members of wildlife, we have a couple of thick logs in an overgrown section of our garden. They provide a great place to hide during anytime of the year, but it is especially helpful in the winter months.

On the subject of wildlife, Rattan Direct are holding a wildlife photography competition and currently have a poll running to choose your favourite photograph from the final selection. There are some really interesting, and cute, pictures included. I have picked my favourite one, but I will let you look and decide for yourselves of course! The poll is here:

http://www.rattandirect.co.uk/blog/wildlife-competition-poll/

I’m looking forward to finding out the winner, it was a tough choice! In the meantime, remember those tips for keeping a wildlife-friendly garden this winter, and do let me know if you have any other suggestions too. Stay wild everyone!

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Rattan Direct.

Stay Wild: Ladybirds

During a nature walk, Squiggle and I were lucky enough to a spot lavae, pupa and adult ladybirds, including a mating pair, all on the same plant. Such a wonderful real life demonstration of the lifecycle of a ladybird! We studied them closely for quite sometime, fascinated by our exciting discovery. Squiggle was interested to know that the two ladybirds were making eggs that would then complete the lifecycle before us.

Ladybird lifecycle

If you look closely enough you will notice that nearly the entire lifecycle of a ladybird is captured in this one photo!

 

Ladybird lavae and pupa

A closer look at the lavae and pupa. 

 

Ladybirds mating

Ladybirds mating.

 

Stay Wild: Bird’s Nest

Whilst walking through a local woodland, I spotted on the path this beautiful bird’s nest… 

I looked around for any signs of distressed adult birds, babies or eggs, or any other indication there had been a disruption or predator attacks, but it was clear it had been naturally discarded. A quick google search suggested it was therefore fine to remove it as it would be disposed of anyway.

Squiggle held it and studied it carefully, then we discussed how it was made. Look closely at the way the twigs, moss and grass on the outside are woven together, very impressive! We agreed that would be a difficult challenge even with fingers, yet birds manage it with their beaks. It really is so incredibly clever!

I researched and concluded that this nest was made by a Song Thrush. It is similar to a Blackbird’s nest on the outside but, as you can see from the photo below, inside it is hard, which differs from the interior of a Blackbird nest. 

The female Song Thrush uses her chest to compact together mud, dung and rotten wood to form this hard interior. This technique is exclusive to this one type of native English bird. 

It was so interesting to stumble across this exciting find on our walk. Very fascinating! 

Stay Wild: The ‘Wild’Life Continues…

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…