30 Days Wild – Day Twenty-Nine


Monday 29th June:

A long day at work today. We are in the midst of a heatwave and it’s scorching. I’ve spent most of the day in the air conditioned library which is always either too hot or too cold but never just right. Today I had at least two more layers on at work than I would have needed outside. I was pretty chilly and decided to take my lunch break on the lawn. I took off my shoes and socks and sat in the shade under a fir tree for half an hour listening to the birds. It was really lovely. I remembered a previous health & well being session I had taken on ‘mindful walking’ and I tried to absorb my surroundings; concentrating on relaxation and awareness of that moment. What a great way to spend my lunchtime! Back to work and I felt peaceful but was longing for more outdoors time.

Feeling the grass beneath my bare feet. A moment’s bliss in my long working day.

After work Marcus & I took a walk through General Cemetery. It’s one of my favourite green spaces because it’s so quiet and peaceful. Even though it’s pretty close to a main road and the city centre; when you stand in the middle all you can hear is the birds singing. Last summer I saw two European Green Woodpeckers there and found a Great Spotted (sadly deceased). In the autumn, Marcus and I took a walk around and found some colourful funghi. I couple of weeks ago I was thrilled to spot one of my favourite solitary bees, the ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria). This evening, we overturned an old fallen tree trunk and saw a multitude of centipedes, milipedes and woodlice but the star of the show was this lesser stag beetle…

A lesser stag beetle found in General Cemetery, Nottingham.

Very exciting 🙂  It goes to show that you can find the most unusual, exotic looking creatures right on your doorstep!

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2 thoughts on “30 Days Wild – Day Twenty-Nine

  1. Yes, it looks like a stag beetle to me, too .. lucky you!!

    I know what you mean about mindfulness, especially in relation to nature. It really does restore your soul, doesn’t it?


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