Day 10 #30DaysWild: Daisies and buttercups

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_10Some days are better than others and today was one of the others.

A small hiatus in the constant stream of minor irritants that were all threatening to be the straw that broke this mummy’s back was 15 minutes spent in a community garden.

With the sun still holding on at the time, numerous daisies and buttercups to run and roll through and the freeing feeling being in the fresh air brings, it was definitely one of the few highlights of the day.

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Day nine #30DaysWild: Watching bees being busy

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An appointment day again but I still had the chance to stop and stare.

I hope the bees that were very busy at the edge of a car park, buzzing in and out of these deep pink flower bells, were able to take a break at some point too.

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There are at least two bees in the photo, honest!  They just seemed to master the art of disappearing up a bell every time I clicked.

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Day eight #30DaysWild: Skygazing

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_08A beautiful but slightly stressful morning’s activity meant that I thought 10 minutes of afternoon skygazing would be just the thing for day eight of #30DaysWild.

Willow, however, decided that mummy laying down on the grass was obviously to provide her with another climbing structure to have fun with so I ended up with an even more gorgeous but slightly different view then the one I was aiming for.

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She soon caught on to the idea though and just seemed to think I needed a bit of company instead so I was soon joined by Peppa, George and Stephanie who had the benefit of a slightly more comfortable furniture arrangement than me.

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Magical sensory experience in the Toddler’s Room

ToddlersRoomAfter the success of our visit to The Doodle Dance Show last week, we headed back to the Lincoln Drill Hall this morning for another dance show designed for mini people.

Toddler’s Room by Norwegian company Dybwikdans is specifically for children aged 0-3 and required one adult per child so one of Willow’s godmothers joined us for the morning.

A white dome tent was pitched in the auditorium and provided a transportive and intimate space as well as a neutral backdrop making the rich purple, orange, red and gold colours used in the performance appear all the bolder.

Children were allowed to explore the space during most of the 20 minute show – and who doesn’t love chasing a balloon? – as the dancer moved, used chimes complementing the music and interacted with sculptural objects and her mini audience members.

The whirling cloak that sent the big red balloons spinning around the dome was a particular highlight.

A beautiful and magical sensory experience, it was as delightful to watch the faces of the little ones watching as it was the performance itself.

That, of course, isn’t quite the whole story.

Any other fellow 10am ticket holder may well have noticed a certain someone volubly deciding he didn’t want to go in.  A little bit tired and emotional from a bad bout of hay fever at the moment he then, of course, got really upset that he hadn’t gone in.

A big thank you to the very understanding Lincoln Drill Hall staff who let us take up a spare space for the next performance.  Which, of course, he loved – tents, balloons, music and dance all high on his list of favourite things.  He liked it so much in fact, he then didn’t want to leave and spent a long time saying goodbye and thank you to the production team.

They do grow out of this stage don’t they?

Day seven #30DaysWild: Greetwell Hollow

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_07Visiting a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust site was on my #30DaysWild to-do list but I’d been waiting for a weekend presuming that we’d need the car to reach one.

However, today’s walk across the top of the city with my eyes open a bit more than normal, revealed one virtually on my doorstep.

Greetwell Hollow is “one of the last remaining areas of limestone grassland in the county and a haven for wildlife.

“Due to its importance for wildlife, this area is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).”

I didn’t have time to venture in today but it’s nice to know we have another place to explore that we can reach on foot.

Click here to find a nature reserve near you.

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Day six #30DaysWild: Pounding the pathways

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_06Within seconds of leaving the house this morning, daddy found a vacated bird’s egg to show Luke.

It’s just as well the bird had already hatched as, although intrigued by the object, Luke obviously doesn’t yet have the sure hands ready to take on the England cricket captaincy.

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IMG_20160606_104937189_HDROur morning children’s group seemed to be getting in on the #30DaysWild action with a display of plastic bugs and magnifiers to explore at the beginning of the session.

And our walk home in the lovely sunshine provided further chance to enjoy some natural scenery.

Whilst I am still determined to regain my confidence in driving, I’m also grateful (most of the time) that I get to do as much walking as I do.

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In the attempt to find short cuts and cut journey times – especially as it can sometimes take as long to leave the house as to walk anywhere – finding our way to and from places via pathways rather than down the side of roads often means calmer journeys in fresher air where we can hear more birdsong and less traffic noise.

And there’s almost always sticks to collect too!

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Day five #30DaysWild: Open Farm Sunday

TWT 30 Days Wild_countdown_05Open Farm Sunday – “a great opportunity for farmers to open their gates and welcome visitors onto their farm to discover the world of farming” – took place today and unsurprisingly Lincolnshire had lots of opportunities for people to “find out about the story behind our food and how farming affects our everyday lives”.

OFS_LogWe opted to visit Uncle Henry’s in Grayingham and were rewarded with a tractor ride with commentary, animals to wave to, the chance to sit behind the wheel of several large machines and main ring displays.  We certainly weren’t the only ones to enjoy the day as the glorious weather may well have meant that Uncle Henry’s opened its gates to many more people than predicted.

The emphasis may have been on cultivation but there were plenty of wild highlights too.

FrogI got excited when we spotted a few web-footed visitors making their way towards the entrance from the car park.

BugHotelI was also glad to note that the farm’s mini beast visitors are treated to excellent hotel accommodation should they wish to stay for a while.

And we later learnt how the farm dedicates small patches of its land beside its crops to being patches of wild flowers or areas specifically planted to support bees.

photo 2The event even had a dedicated Nature Zone which included a woodland walk.  Woodlands are definitely my favourite habitat but, as a certain person was protesting the fact we didn’t wait in the pony ride queue at this point, I didn’t have the chance to wander down its paths.  I was therefore pleased when the tractor ride we took near the end of the day included part of the farm’s 30 acres of woodland, which we were told offers shelter to creatures including songbirds, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers and even a couple of deer every now and then.

WoodlandTrustLogoIt seemed very appropriate as we’d just signed up to a family membership of the Woodland Trust at the charity’s stall.  The membership includes a Nature Detectives welcome pack with passport, stickers, bookmark and activity booklet – hopefully it will arrive in June and will provide us with another #30DaysWild activity!

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