It was my birthday and so B and I went for a lovely bike ride to Seaton in the evening for dinner, through the wetlands, where we saw lots of Rabbits.
Earlier in the day, B took E to the allotment with some visiting friends and Izzy went on a welly walk down to the field by the river with her class.
Total wild time – about 1 hour
Izzy enjoyed a forest school session with her class in the school grounds. They made dens and did pond dipping, finding newts and ‘baby dragonflies’.
E didn’t get any wild time today.
Total wild time – Izzy – about 1 hour, E – 0 mins
E and I spent most of the day in the garden, but we popped out for a walk around Colyton with Bramble. There were Swifts screaming overhead, House Martins building new mud homes and Swallows wheeling about, making it feel summery. We passed a Heron on the river and noticed several fish in the water. As E played on the slide, a Sparrowhawk dashed past, being chased by little birds. It was then mobbed by a seagull and afterwards, by a Crow, before eventually being driven out of sight.
Later, when Izzy was at zumba, we went to Borrow Pit to watch a Mute Swan reaching its long neck to the bottom of the pond and pulling out strings of weed. We also visited the bird hide overlooking the estuary, where a kind man told me not to shush E (who has verbal diarrhoea and a total inability to whisper), happy that he was ‘starting young’ with birdwatching. There weren’t many birds to see, but E was excited about seeing another Heron and a couple of Egrets.
Total wild time – E at least 1 hour, Izzy 0 mins
Whilst Izzy and B had a daddy-daughter day in Exeter, E and I went to visit Grandmum. Later, we had a quick visit to the beach, to sit and eat ice lollies, whilst trying not to freeze ourselves. E played with his digger and dumper truck, whilst Izzy and I piled up pebbles.
Total wild time – about 40 mins
I had a rare afternoon to myself, visiting Holt Wood Medicinal Forest Garden near Great Torrington, so the kids and B hung out together. There was no wild time, though.
Total wild time – 0 mins
Whilst Izzy spent the day at the wetlands with her class, E and I went to Grandmum and Grandad’s, where a pair of Collared Doves are nesting under the roof of their as yet unbuilt verandah. Then, we went to the allotment to do some weeding, before heading home for lunch. Later, we checked out a new local mother and toddler group, which had a science theme – and today’s session was all about bug-hunting. E was fascinated by the microscope and using tweezers to pick up plastic insects. Then, we went outside and used a sweep net to catch flies and grasshoppers. We made a spider’s web out of wool (although E decided to take the wool and race across the playing field with it), before a stint in the playground.
In the evening, we went to Seaton Eats Boutique and ate pork buns and pizzas whilst watching the sea and pretending it was warm enough!
Total wild time – Izzy about 7 hours, E about 3 hours
After school I took E and Izzy cycling at Seaton wetlands. We enjoyed a very close up view of a male Reed Bunting from one of the hides.
Total wild time – about 1 hour