Make the world a better place

Lovely readers, I have to admit that I’m not overly proud of humanity at the moment. Between how we treat others and how we treat the planet and animals, I am despairing. I don’t quite understand why some people feel the need to be so vile. Why can’t we all just be nice to each other, no matter what we believe or where we come from?

Well, the power to make the world a better place is in our hands. It’s during times like this where we need to take back control and be kinder to each other. Not sure where to start? Take a look below.

Chenderit Summer AssignmentA wonderful human being and teacher at my school put this together after his summer assignment last year went viral. You may remember it? Well, this year, he wants to open up the assignment to everyone. Because we could all do with the world being better. We deserve it and we owe it to the next generation.

Over the summer holidays, I’m going to have a go at some of these. I especially like the one about getting up early and watching the sunrise. I might combine that with walking further than I ever have before. I also like the idea of eating something I’ve grown myself and think that I could really do with spending the day being creative and making something new. How about you? What will you do to make the world a better place? I’d love to see what you get up to so make sure you share you adventures on social media and tag it with #chenderitsummerassignment2016 and #maketheworldabetterplace

The Wildlife Trust #30dayswild Days 18 – 24

When I signed up to #30dayswild, I didn’t expect June to be so wet or so busy. I’ve probably been out and about nature less this month than I normally do. Despite that, I’ve been looking for nature as much as I can, wherever I can and that’s what I’m taking from this month. Regardless, I’ve been able to see some gorgeous and amazing things over the last few days. Here’s a little snapshot.

Canada Goose Dragonfly Common Spotted Orchid Pyramid Orchid Bee Orchid at Radley LakesStag BeetleScarlet Tiger MothRabbits Raindrops on a leaf Moth I
Hoverflies Heart petal on a nettle leafI love how nature always helps put things in perspective. When the whole world looks like it’s falling apart, a walk with Poppydog, using all my senses to seek out nature, really helps. Which is good, seeing as we’re really making a mess of everything at the moment. I just hope that we wise up, sort it out and make sure we don’t damage our planet any more in the process.

Vegan food at Bitten Street

A few weeks ago, before the heatwave and following deluge of rain, Phil, Poppydog and I headed into Oxford to visit Bitten Street. This is a street food event that happens monthly and is run by Bitten Oxford. We’ve been before but haven’t been in ages, mainly because I became vegan and there was very little on offer for me so we didn’t bother going in. However, we noticed that Rupert’s Street was going to be there and everything they due is suitable for vegans. Finally, I could eat something! So we planned a little walk that would mean we could arrive at Bitten Street in time for an early lunch, and I’m glad we did, as Rupert’s Street did sell out. We parked at Hinksey Park car park and walked along the Thames into Oxford to Oxford Castle. It was a lovely walk, tired Poppydog out and avoided the hideous car parking charges.

 Rupert's street at Bitten StreetRuperts StreetVegan food at Bitten StreetPoppydog at Bitten Street

We headed straight for Rupert’s Street to check out their vegan offerings. I had the tofu salad, which was amazing, and Phil had the beetroot latke, which was really delicious. The food was healthy, tasty and reasonable. It was so nice to see vegan food on offer and I really hope that it’s the start of things to come and that there will be many more vegan offerings. To see what’s coming up at the next Bitten Street event, check out the Bitten Oxford Facebook page. If there’s vegan food to be had, then you might just see me there!

The Wildlife Trust #30DaysWild Days 11-17

Between taking part in #30dayswild and watching Springwatch, it has been all about nature here at Crafty Chai towers. We’ve been obsessed with the starlings on the bird feeder in the garden, watching fish in the Thames, counting bees at every chance we get and tried to catch glimpses of bats at sunset.

That being said, this week has been crazy. Β With a few early dog walks before work, late nights thanks to book group and watching John Grant (with a special appearance from Kylie!) at the Albert Hall, there hasn’t been much time for getting wild. However, I’ve still been watching and managed to see lots of red kites circling above the M40 and little bunnies at the roundabout joining the A34. I’ve also managed to photograph these little beauties:

Grey squirrel Fledging jackdaw Oxeye daisy Woodland fungus

Even as I walk about school, I try to keep my eyes peeled to the nature around me. Wagtails bobbing about after lunch, huge raindrops during thunderstorms causing lots of squealing in the classroom next door and basking in sunshine as I walked between buildings. The weather has been really weird in the last few days. I’ve never known there to be so many thunderstorms so close together. Am really hopeful that the weather next week will be more settled, if for no other reason than to help the bees and the butterflies!