30 Days Wild – week 1

Sage flowers with bee

This is an initiative from the Wildlife Trust to spend 30 days doing something wild every day, including ‘random acts of wildness’ like

  • Feel the wild landscapes through the soles of your feet – sand, grass, pebbles, water
  • Wear daisies & dandelions to jazz up any outfit – in your hair or around your wrist
  • Switch off all gadgets for a day: no phones, tablets or computers. Tune into nature
  • Taste sweet wild elderflowers in cordial, soda water or sparkling wine
  • Encourage wild at work with bird feeders, a herb box or outdoor meetings

You can read more about the project here

Here are some photos from our first week of 30 Days Wild. We were in rural France at Chataigne House and had an abundance of wildlife all around us.

Day 1. It was pouring down for the 4th day in a row. At least the flowers were happy!

Flower outside farmhouse
Peony outside our French Farmhouse in the rain

Day 2. Right on our doorstep, the beautiful sage is a hive of activity for wildlife, especially bees and sphinx moths, but also snails and lizards.

Sage flowers with bee
A huge bee enjoying the sage flowers
Sage plant and snail
Snails also likes the sage plant

Day 3. It stopped raining enough to go outside, and the boys enjoyed climbing the trees. They’ve had a big lecture about not damaging them!

Climbing trees
Just hanging around, waiting for the sun

Day 4. A further record of our cheeky boys tree climbing.

Boy in the tree
Is there a boy in that tree, or is it a monkey?

Day 5. We took some time to look at different types of moss and fungi. We have a book for identifying fungi, but I’m too nervous to eat any just in case!

Day 6. We recorded birdsong, in particular a hoopoe who we think is nesting in our garden. They have such a strange call, almost like a bark really, a “whoop whoop whoop!”. It is posted on our Instagram page

Day 7. After a gorgeous morning at our local market in Lezay, we bought some langoustines and barbecued them with sausages, and had an outdoor lunch enjoying the country air.

Langoustines on the barbecue
Barbecue with langoustines bought at the local market

We’re really enjoying this 30 Days Wild challenge – check back next week to see if we manage to continue!
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29 Replies to “30 Days Wild – week 1”

  1. So so important to get out amongst it!!! Fresh air is magic for the soul. Great shots. #TheList

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you Anna, we do feel better for it.

  2. RachelSwirl says: Reply

    Its the switching off tech that I just couldnt do!
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Me neither – good job it’s just a suggestion!

  3. Looks like you’ve been having great fun with all the activities you’ve been up to. #TheList
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Helena, yes we’ve been busy!

  4. Fun challenge! Great photos.
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  5. This is a fabulous idea. It’s been awful weather here today so tablets been used alot but as a eye break my daughter did make salt dough. Definitely need to get out more next weekend. #kcacols lifeinthemumslane

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      It was easier for us as we were staying in the countryside in France, but we did have a lot of rain too. Back home now, back to more rain!

  6. Fantastic such freedom! We spent a day at the beach and it’s just refreshing being out with nature #kacols

  7. wow what a lovely post, great photos and so important to get out and about in the fresh air and feel that wind! Thanks for sharing #bigpinklink

    1. Thank you, we’e enjoying the challenge

  8. Great photos! I love the rose and the bee one. I wish I had of joined in with the challenge now. I like the idea of using flowers in drinks and wearing them, I would never have thought of that!

    Ami x

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      You could probably jump in half way?

  9. What a great idea!! I do love the idea of switching off phones and getting curious/getting back to nature!! We have a ‘barefoot trail’ quite close to us, designed for everyone to walk it barefoot and have a sensory underfoot experience!! It’s brilliant, especially for the children! You’ve got some lovely pictures here too, and I was envious of the langoustine/sausage bbq…!!
    #bigpinklink
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    1. That sounds like an amazing trail! Thanks, the BBQ was messy but fun!

  10. Ah it’s great that you are all enjoying yourselves, great photos too! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Aby, it’s much harder to be wild now we’re home!

  11. […] Well, more than 2 weeks have passed since we started the 30 Days Wild challenge. You can read how we did in week 1 here. […]

  12. What a great challenge it sounds like a lot of fun. I like the idea of using wild elderflowers in drinks as I love this flavour anyway #kcacols
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  13. Such beautiful pictures. This sounds like a great challenge for summertime. Looks like your having fun with it. #KCACOLS
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  14. I love ‘Random Acts of Wildness’ – you’ve got some lovely examples here and how wonderful to be in France eating those lovely Langoustines. #KCACOLS

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks Nicky, it’s getting harder now we’re back at home!

  15. Some great photos here, I really liked the ones of your boys in the trees, great shots! #kcacols

    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thanks, it’s hard to be ‘wild’ when the weather’s not playing!

  16. What a fun challenge to be part. Lots of lovely photos you have shared with us. So happy to read that you are enjoying it. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS, 🙂 xx
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    1. Familymakes says: Reply

      Thank you Franca, I am enjoying it indeed x

  17. […] previous posts, week 1 and week 2, were full of wildlife (even on the rainy days), but being home has been as much about […]

  18. […] Days Wild is something we’ve taken part in for the last couple of years (you can see how we got on last year and the year before here). But first, let me tell you a bit […]

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