nature

Naturally Mindful

There’s been a trend towards mindfulness over the last few years. Being present and getting into a flow state are espoused as healthy ways to control a racing mind, boost creativity, and generally bring benefits into your life. It’s a fascinating area. I’ll be delving into the science in a future post. But the 15 […]

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30 Ways to Connect With 30 Days Wild

With only a few days to go until #30dayswild, I’ve been busy preparing: looking through my bookcase for inspiration; gathering together the things I need for my ‘random acts of wildness’; and eagerly following other people using the #30dayswild hashtag. One of the things I love about 30 Days Wild is the connection it gives, […]

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nature

Blooming Lovely

Following the seasons is one of my favourite things about going on nature walks, particularly as spring eases into summer. Seeing spring flowers emerge, blossom colour the hedgerows and gardens fill with flowers makes me happy. Each Sunday, I share #rainbowblooms on Twitter between 11am and 6pm (loosely going for one colour of the rainbow […]

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nature

Love the Canal

I’ve long loved the canal. As a London-dweller, I’d walk from Ladbroke Grove to Camden along the water. When I moved back to the Midlands, the development of Birmingham canal with restaurants and bars galore was a lively contrast to the more rural pleasures of the Grand Union Canal. I prefer the latter, as there’s […]

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10 Ways to Enjoy Urban Nature

It’s easy to think of nature as something that only exists in the countryside. However, there’s just as much to appreciate in more urban environments. With 30 Days Wild around the corner, here are some ideas for connecting with nature when you live in a town or city. Find Resilient Plants   The resilience of […]

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nature, Storytelling

Folklore Thursday: Swan Stories

Swans often have a bad reputation, thanks to the idea that they can break someone’s arm. While it’s true that they have been known to break bones, and even kill, they are much more likely to hiss and rear up (known as ‘busking’) than they are to attack, and are generally friendly enough outside nesting […]

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nature

Spring Rainbowblooms

As spring moves ever-closer to summer, more and more colours are emerging in the landscape. Taking photographs for #rainbowblooms each week (11am-6pm on Twitter) helps me track the changing seasons. The days are getting brighter…

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