nature

Natural Love

Valentine’s Day has become a consumerist explosion of teddy bears and restaurant offers, with so much obligation to ‘be romantic’ that many people feel resentful about celebrating at all. However, St Valentine’s Day was originally a more natural celebration, based around the day that medieval birdwatchers thought birds started mating. It was deemed a time […]

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Duck Watching

No matter how grey the day, feeding the ducks always makes me smile. I find it fascinating watching the interplay between the ducks: some greedy, some bold, some aggressive and some taking a step back until the other ducks have become less frenzied. The ducks seem to have different personalities, and tiny stories play out […]

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Make, nature, Storytelling

Celebrate February

This week, I learned that February was once known as Solmonath, via a post on #FolkloreThursday (a great hashtag to follow if you’re into storytelling, customs and myth). Solmonath translates as the month of mud (walk across a field in February and it’s easy to understand why). The ‘Sol’ may also have referred to the […]

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Signs of Life

Spring may be a while away but every passing day gets brighter. As new flowers emerge, it is good to be reminded that life keeps on cycling.

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Feed the Birds

The colder the day, the happier the birds on the canal seem when I arrive with bird seed. It’s a joy to watch them eat, seeing the way they interact, and getting to admire their feathers close up.

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Naturally Mindful

Mindfulness is often touted as a way to relieve stress, enhance mood and generally boost health, and increasing amounts of evidence suggest that it can be beneficial. Different people find different things work for them. However, for me, nature offers lots of scope to lose myself in the present. If you’re looking to escape the whirr […]

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