This morning another appointment at the the opticians resulted in a trip to Savernake Forest for a spot of random wildness, which never fails to cheer up the littlest member of Team Lovett.
We had lunch on the grass beneath an Oak tree. Georgia was very interested to learn that a mature Oak tree can support over 400 different species of wildlife, including insects, birds, mammals, and fungi amongst others.
Celebrating the mighty Oak
A beautiful, warm and sunny day followed by an equally lovely evening led to the decision to have a BBQ and a camp-out in the garden to look out for moths, bats and owls.
Mum and Georgia set up camp around the den in the meadow and Dad was in charge of the BBQ (You know how it is!).
Dining in the Great Outdoors
The next hour ensued at a leisurely pace enjoying outdoor dining with quiet family conversation (Mum silently noted this and basked in the moment), appealing dog expressions, swallow chattering and bee buzzing.
Swallows putting on a great display
Our camp-out was a different experience altogether; ‘Wild’ comes to mind, but completely in the wrong context to 30 Days Wild. It started off ok. Dad and Georgia changed into their pyjamas, climbed into their sleeping bags in Georgia’s 2-man tent and Mum sat in the doorway with Hazel and read the bedtime story; Kipper’s Monster by Mick Inkpen, a story about camping in the woods, owls and snails. Then we all settled down to wait for dusk in our respective shelters; A tent of impatient chattering and constant rustling and a den of quiet companionship and tranquil peacefulness (Bearing in mind that Mum is deaf).
The Happy Campers – A tale of two halves
9.30pm, two and a half hours after Georgia’s usual bedtime and dusk has yet to fall, but there is lots of ‘wild’ activity going on; Georgia is running up and down the meadow, flapping her arms and hooting like an owl, Hazel is watching in bewilderment, Dad is laughing his head off, and Mum is exasperated with the lot of them thinking that any wildlife must be at least a 25 mile radius away from us by now.
10pm and dusk finally descends with darkness following quickly behind and some semblence of calmness is restored as the brightness and beauty of the moon captures attentions.
The moon over the meadow
Then it all falls into place; the moths come out and flutter around like little ghosts, a solitary bat flies by just a couple of metres away, and finally a Tawny owl is spotted swooping over the bottom of the meadow and the distinctive too-wit too-woo is heard.Yay!
We stay out for a little while longer, enjoying being out in the dark and soaking up all the sights and sounds of the night, before collecting up our stuff and heading indoors to our beds.
Team Lovett wish you all a good night 🙂 🙂 :-).