30 Days Wild: Day 30-We’re going on a bear hunt

Alice has been asking about going on a bear hunt for a few days. We started our preparations with bear biscuits and carried them on today. It seems appropriate that we started this years 30 Days Wild with a Teddy Bear’s picnic and we are finishing with bears again.

Alice was concerned we might get lost so she wanted to make maps in case anyone got lost.

Her map shows her route through swishy grass, splashing through rivers, squelching through mud, stumbling through the forest, through the snowstorm, and tiptoeing to the cave.

We had a read of the wonderful Jackie Morris something about a bear book.

The book shows different bears but finishes with the best bear of all. Your teddy bear. It’s beautifully illustrated and Alice talked through what she liked about each.

At the end, it has a little bit of information about the different bears around the world.

Alice’s cousins came round and helped her bear hunt in the garden. They swished through the grass and splashed through rivers and squelched through mud.

They stumbled through forests and whirled through snowstorms and finally tiptoed through the cave where they found the bear!

And they locked the bear out. Poor bear!

Then they took turns at being a bear.

Before settling in for a snack of bear biscuits.

And so we are on the last day of 30 Days Wild. It’s always a pleasure to take part. We live our life with high engagement in nature but it’s nice to make the record of what we’ve got up to. But it is a lot of work recording it every day and blogging each day so it’s nice to ease off. Alice is at a lovely age where she is taking so much in and keen to learn about everything. I’ve had some lovely comments over the month from readers of the blog. I mainly write it as a diary to look back on but it is nice to hear other people have enjoyed our adventures in nature. High points include being a guest author for the Wildlife Trust, having schools feature the blog for their home learning, and being asked onto a podcast. If you want to read back on what we’ve been up to over the month you can check the contents page. 30 Days wild is organized by the Wildlife Trusts. One of the best ways you can carry on 30 Days wild is by supporting them by becoming a member, visiting reserves as they reopen or volunteering. And from there you can make your 30 days 365 days wild. I hope you’ve enjoyed our 30 days adventures. We will be continuing as ever but the daily blogs will be stopping for a while.

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30 Days Wild: Day 25-Princess Poppy saves the bees

Today I left a surprise for Alice to find by the front door.

I’ve been meaning to get Alice this book for a while as she has a number of the Princess Poppy picture books. I’d seen Janey Louise Jones had written several Poppy stories with an environmental theme to them and 30 Days Wild seems like a perfect time to get hold of one of them for her.

The book tells the story of how Princess Poppy learns about the disappearance of the bees. It explains a few differences between honey bees and bumblebees. Then it goes into detail of a few things the girls in the story can do to help. The girls arrange to dress as bees for the Summer fair to let people know how they could help bees. It’s an ideal story for using in schools to teach a few basic facts about bees or introduce a science topic. or as a story to enjoy with a child at home. Alice sat and listened well and had lots of interesting questions and observations as we went through it.

One of the suggestions of how to help is to make a bee bath. A shallow tray of water can give thirsty insects a spot to drink without drowning. Then a few stones ensure they have places they can crawl in if they get stuck.

We set it up on the bench near the borage where lots of the bees are visiting.

Then Alice went looking for bees and trying to snap them.

Amy has borrowed one of the more high powered cameras from school to see how much of a difference it makes to the photos having something higher spec. It really did improve the quality of what we could achieve but we can’t afford a swisher camera yet, so just enjoy for a few days.

My camera is a Nikon D3100 which is a decade old. I can manage reasonable photos but nothing too impressive.

And a photo to make Princess Poppy smile.

And a few taken on the fancier camera.

A hoverfly on the lychnis.

Alice went on to tell Amy different bits she’s learnt from the book and she was telling me the bees in the park were bumblebees. And she asked for her new book at bedtime. There is another environmental-themed Poppy story on ‘no plastic‘. We normally do a beach clean as part of our 30 Days Wild. However, with lockdown, we haven’t been going to the beach as much. At the start of lockdown, there wasn’t any rubbish with few visitors whereas now there is a mass of rubbish. But we don’t Alice touching things handled by other people so we’ll have to leave this activity until it’s a bit safer. For now, we’ll concentrate on making our garden a paradise for wildlife.

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Nature Book Club: Review-The storm whale

I thought for this weeks Nature Book Club I’d have a look at a story Alice recieved for Christmas. The storm whale was the first book by Benji Davies. He has since written several follow ups and many other lovely emotion filled books. Grandad’s island is regularly picked for the home time story at school and Alice has picked the Grotlyn numerous times from the library. His books have seen him win many awards and recognitions over the last decade. At the heart of all his stories are positive messages told with wonderful story telling filled with emotion. The storm whale currently has a theatre production touring which we are looking forward to taking Alice to next month.

Right from the cover you have an inviting story with the boy Noi meeting the whale. You’ve got friendship and care right there from the off. Even though Noi doesn’t have a mouth the illustrations strangely carry an evocative feeling to them with the feelings inferred. The illustrations of the settings are lovely and the details are spot on. The shacks they live in are just like locations I know along the coast and the interiors feel just right.

The blurb on the back tells you exactly what you are getting here and shows off Noi and his dad and where they live. Within the story there are nice little details like Noi and his dad have six cats, so straight away Alice wants to spot them all counting the hidden cats. The story focusses on the lonely boy Noi, with his father working leaving him alone. Noi’s empathy and compassion for the whale reunite him and his father. The story is very touching. The book itself is often available cheap in the supermarkets, but even full price it is well worth the money.

 

TOUR DATESĀ 

If you are interested in seeing the theatre production on tour mentioned here are the dates:

East Riding Theatre Sat 9 – Sunday 10th February

Eden Court Theatre and Cinema Tue 12 – Weds 13th February

The Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham Sat 16 February

Stantonbury Theatre Mon 18 February

Theatre Hullabaloo Thurs 21st Feb – Sat 23rd Feb

York Theatre Royal Tue 26th Feb – Sat 3rd March

ARC Stockton Arts Centre Fri 8 – Sat 9 March

artsdepot Sunday 10th March

Theatr Clwyd 21st – 23rd March

Carriageworks Theatre 2nd – 3rd April

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 24th – 27th April

The Key Theatre 28th April – 30th April