On Day 3 of 30 Days Wild we took a trip to Shere to paddle in the stream and visit the ducks.
Shere is a beautiful English village, full of pretty old houses and little shops and cafes.
The River Tillingbourne passes straight through the village and hungry ducks congregate outside of the local ice cream parlour hoping for wafer crumbs!
We couldn’t pass up the chance to have a delicious ice cream from Shere Delights ourselves.
The children said a quick hello to the ducks and then we headed through the churchyard and out to the wilder part of the stream.
Rosie dived straight in with the sort of enthusiasm for water only a Labrador can muster.
With hopes of spotting any wildlife dashed we left the binoculars and spotters guides in the bag and followed suit.
We spent a pleasant hour exploring the stream, playing Pooh sticks from the bridge and collecting smooth pebbles.
When we arrived home we found an extra bit of Wildness in the form of a dead May Bug (aka the Common Cockchafer) on the doorstep. Ryan was fascinated by its size and hairy appearance.
How did you spend Day 3 of 30 Days Wild?
On Day 2 of 30 Days Wild we went photographing wildflowers before a farm trip to see the animals.
Our second day of 30 Days Wild started with an early morning dog walk.
We marvelled at the low clouds completely obscuring the hills and splashed in muddy puddles.
Rosie the Labrador even got into the swing of things by ‘recycling’ an abandoned football!
Lottie used this walk to photograph all of the wildflowers she could find. Once we got back home she edited them to make this picture.
We spent the rest of the day at Bocketts Farm – not technically wild but still outdoors and definitely great fun!
Bocketts Farm is a working family farm set in the beautiful Surrey countryside.
It’s one of our favourite places to visit locally, with its combination of animals and play areas.
As a result of our visit today, Ryan (5) wants to be a Llama Farmer. He already wanted to be a rockstar, so his new career choice could make for an interesting combination!
For Day 1 of 30 Days Wild, we had a Wet Woodland Walk.
Today was wet, miserable and cold but with a dog to walk and the first of our 30 Days Wild to complete we set off to explore the local woods.
The rain held off whilst we were out but we were surprised to see how much had been blown down in the winds of the previous day.
We had fun using sticks to measure and compare how deep the puddles were, competing to see who could find the longest stick and balancing on logs.
What did you get up to on Day 1 of 30 Days Wild?
This June we have signed up for the 30 Days Wild challenge with The Wildlife Trusts.
The goal of 30 Days Wild is to do one wild thing every day for the whole month.
This could be something as small as blowing a dandelion clock or something more adventurous like climbing a windswept mountain.
June is also one of my busiest periods at work as a teacher as it’s the month that I have to finish all of my reports.
However, that is also a great reason to commit to this challenge right now as it will ensure that we will get some quality family time outdoors each day no matter what.
The children and I have made a list of possible activities and have started mapping them out onto a monthly grid.
I am using sticky notes for now as the actual order we achieve these will depend on many factors such as the unpredictable weather and the even more unpredictable whims of my children!
Do follow our progress on Twitter and Instagram or simply search #30dayswild
Are you taking part in 30 Days Wild? I’d love to hear how it’s going and what ideas you have for Random Acts of Wildness.