nature

Wild Beauty

I’ve long had a soft spot for wildflowers. While it’s impressive seeing a carefully planted floral display, I love the way wildflowers pop up wherever they feel like, adding colour to canal banks and bursting through cracks in pavements, finding sustenance in a wall and adding anarchy to lawns. This time of year is great […]

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nature

Weekend Adventures

A long weekend is perfect for a nature adventure (assuming you’ve got the weekend off work) – and there’s no need for you to spend a fortune. There’s lots that you can enjoy for free. By spending time outdoors, you can get exercise and reduce stress – but most of all, you can have fun.

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nature

The Five Stages of Duck

“Don’t they grow up fast?” This phrase has popped into my mind a lot while watching the ducklings along the canal. If you’ve yet to discover the joys of watching ducklings grow up, here’s a guide to the various stages*. Most ducklings near me are between squeaker and adventurer stage but I’ve seen fluffballs as […]

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nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Duck Lore

I’ve long been a fan of ducks but over the last couple of years, since moving near a canal, I’ve become more and more fascinated by them. Watching them grow from tiny, speedy ducklings to birds with rich coloured feathers that catch the sunlight beautifully, there’s something magical about every stage. In Chinese and Japanese […]

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Gift, Grow

Edible Hanging Baskets

If you’re short on space and are looking for an easy way to increase your gardening yield, hanging baskets are the way forward. They can be hung outdoors or indoors. Just bear in mind that you’ll get drips on the surface underneath them when you water them. Bathrooms and kitchen windowsills are good places to […]

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Grow, nature

Go Wild

I first discovered #30DaysWild last year. This fantastic initiative from the Wildlife Trusts encourages people to get out in nature every day in June, and take part in ‘Random Acts of Wildness’, sharing their adventures using the #30DaysWild hashtag on social media. I had a wonderful time taking part last year, and found lots of […]

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