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Which way now? 30 Days Wild No. 30

It’s always greyer inside than out, even when it rains. Today’s bike ride was primarily to gain preemptive absolution for Friday night snacks and drinks – but it was worth it. There was a sparrow hawk sitting on a wall, meadow sweet in the hedges, and deer in the far corner of a field. #30DaysWild

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Ringlets in the meadow: 30 Days Wild No. 27

#30DaysWild No. 27. Ringlets are everywhere at the moment – it’s butterfly city out there. It’s one of the main reasons we leave so much long grass (well, that and because it cuts down on the mowing). When you walk through the meadow in front of the lodges there are just clouds of butterflies. How

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Wildish hedge trimming: 30 Days Wild No. 26

#30DaysWild Random act of wildness No. 26. Ian has been wielding the hedge trimmer in a wildish but not entirely random way – trimming back vegetation under and alongside the line of the electric fence. It’s so we can get the cows back onto Popehouse Moor. The white flowers in the foreground also have to

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#30DaysWild No. 25. Our annual thank you to Emma Miranda Smith, who shared her Elderflower champagne recipe with us a few years ago: 4.5 l water, 700g sugar, 1 lemon, 4 large elderflower heads, 2 tbsp white wine vinegar. Warm a little water and stir in sugar to dissolve. Leave to cool. Squeeze juice from

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Sowing more wildflower seeds

Today’s ‘random act of wildness’ was to take a moment to notice what we’ve achieved with wildflowers (down by the wildlife pond) and then to collect oxeye daisy seeds from the early flowers in the poly tunnel and spread them about the newly cut patch in front of Beech Lodge. This time next year –

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Solstice BBQ in the treehouse #30 Days Wild No. 21

Hmmm… Maybe a BBQ for four in Euan’s personal treehouse wasn’t an entirely sensible thing to do. But then it’s #30DaysWild not 30 days sensible. And you have to do something to mark the solstice don’t you.

Dragonflies on the wing

#30DaysWild No.19 Remember the dragonfly ‘skin’? Well here are the dragonflies on the wing. There are masses down by the pond, but they do frequent ‘fly-bys’ of the lodges too. Lots seem to have recently emerged from the pond. These are broad bodied chasers we think. Watch the female in the clip – is she

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Zen moment: 30 Days Wild No. 18

Everyone should have a Zen moment shouldn’t they? And how better to spend the hottest day of the year so far than on one of Devon’s enormous beaches…such as Northam Burrows at Westward Ho! #30DaysWild No. 18