Day 14 – 30 Days Wild…

Watching Me, Watching You…




Since I began posting for 30 days wild my regular walks to work have become a lot more interesting. I still take the same route through the park gardens but I have a new heightened awareness of what is around me.

Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me to document my journey in pictures (N.B. that’s an idea for another day!!) so the image attached to this post was actually taken this evening as I watched the garden birds ‘sharing’ the feeders. I have a background in animal behaviour and I have always wondered while watching animals who exactly is observing who and this example summed up my day of ‘observations’.

My observations began while walking down the hill towards the park, I was suddenly aware of a rustling across the road and out popped a squirrel from an overgrown driveway. It started galloping along the footpath parallel to me and then crossed the road, both of us arriving at the gateway to the gardens at the same time. It seemed really wary so I took a few steps backwards to allow some space for it to pass and it paused to give me a little look (I’d like to think it was thanking me…) and then clambered down the steps and disappeared into a garden.

From the moment I walked down the steps I started to become aware of all the sights and sounds before me, and despite initially thinking the park was empty it was actually breathing with life…wild-life!!

On the way through I saw four squirrels (foraging and scurrying around tree trunks), a family of wood pigeons, three Mr Blackbirds and two Mrs Blackbirds (separately scuffing around in the undergrowth of trees) , eleven feral pigeons (feasting in the distance on some food a passerby left for them), a jay (flying from tree to tree), three magpies, two crows, several gulls swooping overhead (always optimistic), a common blue butterfly, two smaller unknown butterflies dancing and spiraling beneath a tree.

I also noticed the shapes of all the leaves in the trees, the different shades of green and silver, the smell of the elder flowers, the smell of cut grass, the long grasses swaying in the breeze in a wild area and the amazing sounds of park life!!

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Day 8 – 30 Days Wild…







I planted this rose 11 months ago and it was chosen for its beautiful two tone colouration and name. This week saw the first bud of the year open and I waited until it had fully emerged before documenting it in all its glory.

The name of this rose is very symbolic of my ongoing desire for inner peace and was very much in the forefront of my mind when choosing from the rows and rows of different roses at the garden centre – honestly I never knew there were so many!!

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However when I bought it I never really thought about its history until today…

After a quick search on the internet I found out that the ‘Peace’ rose was invented by French rose breeder Francis Meilland in 1935 but was at the time unnamed. Five years later when Hitler invaded France, three parcels of bud wood were sent out of France and one was smuggled into America. In America their agent planted the rose and trialed it in different climates across the United States and it soon became very popular.

The launch date for the rose was set for 29 April 1945 in California. Coincidentally on the same day that two doves were released in America to symbolise the naming of the rose, Berlin fell and a truce was declared. In naming the rose the following statement was read: “We are persuaded that this greatest new rose of our time should be named for the world’s greatest desire: ‘PEACE’.”

The official name is Rosa Peace (‘Madame A. Meilland’) after Francis Meillands mother Claudia.

(Information sourced from www.gerbera.org although info can be found via a number of sources)


Day 7 – 30 Days Wild…

Dancing Trees…





There is something very relaxing about watching trees swaying around in the wind. I found myself transfixed by the movement the trees were making out of the window at work today, totally getting lost inside their beauty.

I could easily have watched it for hours ❤ ❤ ❤