Back in 2015 when I first got involved with 30 Days Wild I lived in a much more rural area, which was perfect for spotting all kinds of plantlife. One of my favourite spots was this lovely perennial cornflower which to this day, remains one of my favourite flowers. I love the deep blues and purples and when these bloomed I always lots of bees and other flying insects flocking to them.
It’s finally that time of year again where 30 Days Wild is upon us and I am loving every second. I always enjoy getting involved and have to thank the lovely Louise from Ramblings of a Roachling for first introducing me to it a few years ago. This will be the third time I take part and each year brings with it new and exciting opportunities to get outside and enjoy the wild! I’ll be writing a roundup post over on my main blog The Happy Larkspur every week, with the first post due to go up this Sunday, with the highlights from what I’ve been discovering and doing, but if you want to see daily updates from me you can find them on my Twitter account here, or click the little Twitter banner on the side of my blog as well. I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite throwback photos from previous years here on this blog, so until then, happy wildlife spotting!
When I first moved up to Cumbria, the area my family and I settled in was nice and rural, situated close to farmland, while still being a stone’s throw from the local village and a 20 minute walk from the town centre. For most of my life I’d lived either in the suburbs or close to the town centre, so being able to go outside and see fields full of sheep each morning was a little unreal, and I often had to pinch myself as I’d always dreamed of living somewhere like this! I now live back in the village in a suburban area, much closer to the town, which is handy for getting into town and being closer to local businesses, but I often miss the wildness of where we first landed, so this lovely photo of some golden-yellow biting stonecrop with a lovely bumblebee foraging on top, that I took back in 2014, helps me to remember!
I got these two photos on one of the first evenings in Cumbria, back in 2014. I was walking along, near the Derwent down by Workington, and the hedgerows were full of life and colour. There were a fair few people out and about around this time, walking their dogs and enjoying the sunshine, it was beautiful. These lovely, pastel blue devil’s-bit scabious were everywhere, and on this particular flower head was a very happy, and hard-working bee.
Daffodils are definitely my favourite flowers. The different varieties and their sunny colour never fails to make me smile, they’re a joy to see come springing up as the weather warms. These particular photos I got when we first moved up to the area. To get up to the bus stop you had to walk up a lonning (a long drive) and come springtime the hedgerows either side would be full of colour, with these daffodils amongst them.
I re-discovered this photo the other day and it made me smile to no end. This was back in 2014 when the first flush of newborn lambs took over the fields next to our house, and I would spend hours watching them run about along the river. It was beautifully sunny on this particular day, and the lambs were loving the sunshine. They were full of energy and utterly adorable. So I’ve purposefully made this photo my new desktop image on my laptop to beat back the January blues!
I’m in need of calm today so this photo felt fitting. Taken back in 2014 just after graduation. I celebrated with a long sultry summer spent by the seaside at St Bees in Cumbria. It was a beautiful day and dipping my toes into the cool water after a very stressful week was blissful. I can still feel the sun on my face now.