I’ll admit that I’m struggling to get my kids outside lately. The house is starting to get chilly and we’re getting those first colds of the winter and all we want to do is snuggle up and watch a dvd! I know we do feel so much better if we do get out, but it can be so hard can’t it? I must try harder!
One idea I had that would be good to keep connected with nature even if you don’t want to get outside too much would be to start recording some data. I’m thinking:
- the times of the sunset each day,
- the date of the first frost
- the date when your favourite tree starts to change colour
- perhaps when you stop seeing bats at night if you have them near you or hedgehogs
- a graph of temperatures
- any visitors to your garden
Just a couple of ideas there and if you look again next year you can see if any dates are wildly different. What we used to do, although it was more in the summer when hedgehogs were out was to put food out and keep a note of the times the hedgehogs came to visit. It was really interesting to watch!
So just a quicky update here. Sorry for the absence! I’m going to practice what I preach though and start recording some visitors to our garden to renew the excitement of the outdoors