Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Born All Over Again | #30DaysWild

Yesterday was the start of The Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild Challenge where they want you to complete 30 random acts of wildness, one act every day in June.

They picked June, I'm guessing, because it's a nice sunny month. Summer starts in June. People like doing outdoorsy wild things when the weather is warm and welcoming. Instead it rained. I put the central heating on it got that cold. The idea of doing something wild did not thrill me. The idea of staying under a blanket and scrolling through Tumblr was far more enticing.

Oddly, the window cleaner didn't call round yesterday.

That's kind of the point of the challenge though, why it counts as a challenge. You do things you maybe wouldn't otherwise, so when I realised we were out of milk rather than texting my mum and asking her to pick some up on the way home from work I dug out a woolly hat, wrapped up and went out.
No such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. Allegedly.
Coat: Mother's wardrobe | Hat: Primark, maybe | Scarf: Similar

Believe me I would far sooner be extolling the virtues of a wide brimmed sun hat than a woolly bobble hat in June, but needs must. It was blustery, though not as wet as it had been earlier in the day, and I felt better for going outside.

Sure a walk to Sainsburys isn't the most exciting thing to do, I didn't get up close to some exotic species or scrabble in the mud. But I did see birds fighting to stay on course and the beginnings of raspberries at the local allotment. Trees full of leaves that not too long ago were bare sticks scratching the sky. I even stomped through a puddle.

I have no pictures of any of this because my hands were firmly shoved in my pockets, in the hopes frostbite didn't set in. So if you want to go and see some branches swinging about like mad I recommend going outside yourself.

British weather is magnificent, it's something to write home about every week. If you live in Florida all you get is sunshine and skin cancer, here we can go from baking to Baltic in 48 hours. Embrace it, keep your bobble hat on hand 12 months a year and go for a walk whatever the weather. Let it blow away the cobwebs, it's such an easy way to bring a bit of wilderness into your life and you never know, by the time you get back the sun might be shining.

Joy xxx
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  1. It's always worth getting out there I find, says the man who aborted his walk because it started to rain...

  2. Love that you needed a bobble hat in June. What is this weather?!?! x