Baby girl has a new obsession with butterflies and bugs. Down the lane near where we live their are wide overgrown hedges which host an abundant of wildlife. I think it’s been an amazing Summer for butterflies and bees in our garden. We live close by to a watergarden as well, so we have seen a few dragonflies flying across the garden. They are so pretty. I really need to get some bug and insect cream in the cupboard ready for our adventures!
This weekend we have taken the opportunity to get out and have a look at what bugs we can find. The weather yesterday was a bit wet and muggy. So the waders and wellies came out! Anthisan were kind enough to send us a Nature Exploring Kit and the Ultimate Bugopedia. A fantastic book I may add!
If you’re stuck for something to do or worry your kids are spending too much time with their tech stuff, it’s time to embrace the great outdoors. From long rambling walks to short steep hikes, there is a whole range of ways to experience and enjoy the outdoors.
Need more convincing?
Here’s why the great outdoors are so great…
Health And Happiness
Spending time outside is good for our health and happiness. These may sound like bold claims but they’re backed up by a surprising amount of statistics. Obviously going outside makes us more active, which, in turn, increases our health. Even going out for regular walks can increase out stamina, endurance, and physical function. Exercise in any form is a good way to lose weight and feel happier. For those suffering from depression, or even if you’ve just had a bad day, going outside can boost your mood. The great outdoors are also great because they lower stress level, in both adults and children.
Over the past few weeks we can all agree that the weather has been not quite ‘Summer’ weather. We have had a few great days of sunshine here and there, but when it has rained, well it has almost been like the heavens opened and flooded us all.
This mixture of warm and wet weather conditions has been perfect for gardens. As I walk around my parents garden and also my own I can see how all the plants look brighter, full of life – nature at it’s very best.
This photo of the perfect bee accompanied by the lovely ladybird, is one of the few shots captured around the garden. I feel there is something very special about this picture.
All of the following pictures are taken with just a camera phone. Some of which can be very good these days for capturing those precious moments.
This gorgeous pink rose is one of my favourite colours. The petals are very pretty and perfectly formed.
One the slope part of my back garden, this type of reed plant has started to grow all by itself. It fits in perfectly with my other shrubs so I have left it where it is and weeded around it. The type of soil in my garden is clay so its always wet most of the time, especially with our damp climate in Cornwall. I’m assuming that these conditions are perfect for this type of reed, hence it growing very fast!
This gorgeous yellow flower completely brightens up the garden – reminds me of the sun.
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