Connect with Nature
Spring is here and it is time to think about planting seeds. We use this analogy then talking about setting intentions. Potatoes can be planted in an old bin. Make a hole in the bottom and place a layer of stones for drainage. Throw in some soil and then seed potatoes. Cover with soil and keep adding soil as the green shoots grow through. When the greenery has died back tip the bin upside down and harvest your potatoes.
Set out bird seed or fat balls near your window and enjoy the birds that will come. You will probably also get squirrels. Their ingenuity is a sight to behold. For more details on bird feeding visit the RSPB website
Take the kids to feed the ducks. Use seed if possible, rather than bread.
If you are feeling adventurous consider a Hedgehog home. All you need is a plastic box. Turn the box upside down and cut an entrance in one side. Place it is a quiet part of your garden under a hedge is ideal. Cover is with dry leaves and twigs. When you notice the entrance to the box has been cleared you will know hedgehogs are in residence. For more on this visit The Wildlife Trust
If you do not have a garden use your windowsill. Plant herbs or cut and come again salad leaves and in a short time you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
You do not have to plant something to contribute and feel connected to nature. Every time you go outside, pick up 10 pieces of litter and put them in the bin. Encourage your kids to do the same (wear gloves to do this or invest in a litter picker.) With this simple act you have become part of the growing number of the population that care about the environment and show it with action. This ritual is purposeful and positive and very satisfying.
We will leave you with words from one of the great poets Lord Byron:
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
Get out into nature and if you cannot go to it, let it come to you.