One of the best things about having a dog is that it makes you go out and find new places to walk throughout the year. It’s through dog walking that I’ve really started to see the world around me and all the wonderful things sharing it with me. Yes, I’ve even started to get excited about seeing new birds and insects that I’ve never seen before! When was the last time you stopped and enjoyed nature? Trust me, it’s good for the soul. Taking part in BBOWT’s 30 Days Wild is a great opportunity to get out and explore the nature around you. It won’t take long before you’re appreciating the world around you. Here are some wild things I enjoyed on Sunday.
You’ve got to be out there, exploring, to really get the most of what’s around us and boy there’s a lot out there. Whether it’s something as simple as watching the bees getting pollen of the lavender bush in the garden, waiting for my peonies to bloom or trying to spot a cuckoo in the tree, getting out and making a bit of time for nature does wonders.
One of the first things I do when I get home, once I’ve given Poppy ample belly rubs, is to make a cup of tea. I don’t drink tea at school, partly because I don’t have the time, but also because it’s not hugely practical. This is because I’m quite particular about my tea and prefer to use a tea pot. I’m currently using a Brown Betty teapot. While it makes a great cup of tea, I’ve managed to chip the spout and the lid a number of times already. So when I was having a look through the tea and kate website the other day, this little beauty caught my eye.
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I like that the lid is wooden, so there’s one less thing for me to break! I love the simple pattern on the side of the teapot. The colours are lovely too. The perfect way to brighten up a dull day!
Walking and working. That’s all I seem to be doing at the moment. While I’m happy doing both, a little time to put my feet up to do something else would be nice. Next week is half term and while I’ll be going on lots of walks with Poppy, I’ll also be enjoying some time to do other lovely things, like catch up on some blog writing and reading. One thing I did find the time to take a look at is the new Calder & Byrne online curation.
It’s a beautiful shop, full of lovely things including the card above that I bought for a good friend of mine recently. It’s a beautiful letterpress card made by Prickle Press and I love it – I nearly kept it for myself. There’s a limit on the number of items for sale and everything is made in the UK. It’s a lovely website to explore, especially when it’s feeling more like November than May outside.
Strawberries are my favourite fruit. You can eat them in so many ways – on their own, with cream a la Wimbledon, in a smoothie, the world is your oyster. They also look great while you’re waiting to eat them. Pop them in your favourite bowl and they make brighten up your kitchen. As a child, I use to grab one from the bowl and dab in the sugar bowl when no one was looking. Unfortunately, I’d do it so often, I’d end up turning some of the sugar in the bowl pink!
Strawberries are also quite low in calories, so you can eat loads if you’re calorie counting. This is my new favourite pudding. 100g of strawberries with a generous helping of chocolate Coyo. There’s something a bit extra special about British strawberries when they’re in season. They are full of flavour, bright and juicy and a sure sign that summer is on its way. Bring on the strawbs!