We were pushed for time, but I managed to get everybody out of the door at least for a little while. We took a bag of lettuce and bird seed down to the river to feed the ducks, watched by a couple of Llamas in the adjacent field. To be honest, the ducks weren’t that impressed with our offerings, but Izzy and E had fun throwing it into the river towards them, anyway. We counted 16 Mallards and I taught Izzy how to tell the difference between a male and female.
Total wild time: 30 mins
Izzy was engrossed in a CBeebies game on the laptop and took quite some convincing to walk the dog with E, Grandmum and me, but was happy enough once we were out. We were on a mission to gather petals for a wonderful craft I’ve seen on Pinterest (watch this space!), so we were armed with a plastic bag to collect them. All of us, except Izzy, walked straight past an enormous, hairy caterpillar (I thought it looked like an Oak Eggar Moth caterpillar, but the habitat doesn’t seem right so please do comment if you can ID it!) at the edge of the road and we gently nudged it back onto the verge to prevent it being run over. We also spotted a Painted Lady butterfly, a ladybird and some Meadow Brown butterflies, too. Back at home, Izzy went straight back to the computer, E to his trains, whilst I spent 20 minutes arranging petals in a flower press I have had since I was her age.
Total Wild Time: 1 hour