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It seemed appropriate to finish my 30DaysWild back where I started, at Brandon Marsh. However, this time I crossed the road into Brandon Wood, for a 5km walk around the perimeter paths before heading to Badgers’ Tea Room for lunch. I then completed half of the walk I did previously, this time in the other direction (only half because it was too hot).

I enjoyed looking at the butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies as I went on my way, only sad to have not spotted a heron today.


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#30dayswild 28, 29

The caterpillars have finally turned into butterflies. At some point this afternoon, another one emerged from its’ chrysalis, but it waited until we were not looking!

As the whole school has got their own caterpillars at various stages of development, I did a sensory assembly today, based on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. While I read the story students experienced the range of fruit and cake that the caterpillar eats in the story, before being cocooned in a blanket to experience emerging as a butterfly!

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I love the lilies in my pond, it’s been great checking them every hour since I’ve been home and watching them close up for the night.

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#30dayswild 26

My wildflower garden is once again looking spectacular and inviting all the insects and butterflies to come for some flowers!20180630_144910

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#30dayswild 25

Today, the caterpillars that we have at school have turned into chrysalises and we had to move them out of the pot and into the net. It was really funny watching them jiggle as we moved them. I don’t think they were too impressed!

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#30dayswild 24

This evening the sun was in just the right position to be able to see the sap(?) being released from the leaves on the trees as I was on my walk.

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Warwickshire Open Studios

Today I have been visiting some local artists who are taking part in Warwickshire Open Studios.

There were nine nearby places for me to visit. It amazes me the talent that my neighbours have and are hiding behind closed doors. I have bought something from each of them, which was exciting in its’ own way, trying to choose what I liked best within my budget. All of the artists were very welcoming, and happy to talk about the work that they are doing.

(In no particular order)

  • Sarah – beautiful mirrors and hand printed wood block images, which have been turned into a range of cards and magnets amongst other things.
  • Judith – landscapes, seascapes and animals.
  • Adam – now with a bigger workshop at the Custard Factory but still showing at home, some beautiful glass. Great fun hearing how it is all made and put together
  • Emma – I think I made her day as I bought an original piece of work! Made from felt and then sewn over with a machine, Emma has some fantastic work.
  • Ali – Some lovely glass jewellery from Ali.
  • Emma – monsters, prints, pictures and even books here, all delightful.
  • Adam – another amazing landscape painter, with lots from the local area as well as some from further afield
  • Brenda – watercolour landscapes and moving into more experimental painting, we had a lovely conversation about the type of art she likes!
  • Theo – scarves on a mathematical theme. I had a demonstration of the loom and we had a lovely chat about the maths of his scarves. I didn’t need one, but I might have bought one!

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