Yes, it’s July and I missed my random acts of wildness for the last few days in June, wet days at work made it hard to finish of.
Today I’ve been in the garden (and yes it did rain again), I’ve cut the grass and the difference between the mown section and the rest is starting to show. I’ve also got both bug houses up properly and I’ve removed the block in the fence I put in to stop the neighbour’s cat from using my lawn as a toilet so that’s a second hedgehog hole.
I still need to find suitable dishes for hedgehog food and water and in the autumn I plan to try to sow some wildflower seeds for next year.
There’s been so much in the news recently about pollution from plastic waste that I’ve started to look at ways to reduce the amount of single use plastic we buy in product packaging.
To get started I’ve recently had a delivery of some cleaning products from Splosh as this company provides refills for products like washing up liquid, toilet cleaner and fabric softener so there should be no more waste bottles from these things. I just washed today’s dishes with the new washing up liquid, it’s a bit runny and didn’t bubble up much but the dishes seem clean so that’s all that really matters.
Next I plan to try solid shampoo and switch to soap instead of shower gel, I have a stash of both of these to finish first though.
In cleaning products and toiletries I am also trying to avoid palm oil, lots of label reading needed to buy the right product!
Food packaging is proving more troublesome, we only have access to supermarkets where we live and everything seems to be sold in plastic trays. Any tips on more environmentally friendly shopping from supermarkets welcome.
This evening I took a slightly different route home from work, I spotted this cheeky seagull making the most of waste food in a rather overfull bin, it’s a disgusting mess but at least the seagull is happy
I am also pleased to see some lovely trees planted at the newly refurbished Bristo Square, looking forward to seeing it finished sometime soon
We’ve been busy about the house and garden all weekend and late this afternoon felt the need to get out for a few minutes, luckily we live near a park that’s also a local nature reserve.
We’d only been walking for 5 minures when a really heavy rain shower came on so we took shelter under a tree for a while
It’s all looking very lush and green on the paths connecting the various sections of the park
Love the sound of the burn (and the sun came out)
Although Mr Lmrlib had seen a kestrel over the park earlier today all we saw on this walk was a squirrel and a warbler on a telephone wire.
It’s two weeks since I put a bug house in my garden so I thought I’d have a look and see if any insects had taken up residence, well as it’s covered in spider web at least one insect has shown interest!
This morning while I was eating breakfast “our” squirrel paid a visit. Normally he just scalpers along the fence but today he obligingly sat on a fence post sheltering from the gusty wind.
I’ve also seen hedgehogs, rabbits and foxes in the garden, if only one would pose as nicely for a photo as the squirrel before 30 Days Wild is over for 2017.
OK I didn’t actually go out in the thunder storm but I did stand upstairs and watch the rain. At one point the gutters overflowed giving the impression of being behind a waterfall.
I have also ordered another bug hotel, the front garden needs one too!
Day 19 – Back to Work
First day back to work and trapped inside for hours on a beautiful sunny day. However I made sure I got plenty of outside time as well, Fitbit says I walked 12500 steps.
Day 20 – Hedgehogs
I’ve just finished watching a show on TV about hedgehogs. I know we have hedgehogs here, I’ve seen one in the garden as as Mr Lmrlib but thanks to the show I have some plans to make the garden more hedgehog friendly, with another hedgehog hole in the fence, dry cat or dog food and some water in hot weather, jobs for next weekend.