Day 21 we (the wife and kids) made some footprint trackers out of old cereal boxes. The glued some leaves to the side and put them outside to see what visitors we will get!
“Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen. You led your people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.” Psalm 77:19-20
To celebrate 20 days in our 30 day wild adventure we wrote it in leaves!
“Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.”
After church today we travelled to the outlaws for Father’s Day in the Forest of Dean and the kids went tree climbing!
“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’ But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:1-10
Day 18 of our 30 days wild adventure and we are all doing fine!
I took the kids up the valley to the Garn lakes nature reserve (part of Blaenavon World Heritage) for a walk, a picnic and to spot some birds.
“I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Leviticus 26:12
As we approached the lake we were greeted by some Mallards, Ozzy (7) reminded them of the no swimming rule!
We kept on walking through the park and saw black birds and wood pigeons
Sammy (3) dressed himself in his nature outfit for the trip. This consisted of what can only be described as a Denis Waterman bomber jacket (from Minder), a shirt that only a TV magician from the 1980s could get away with and a Holyrood tartan tie! But somehow it worked! The Birds were not put off.
We hit the next lake and were followed around by some Canada Geese.
We then walked back to the first lake for our picnic and a rest, enjoying the scenery. On the lake we noticed a pair of common scoters, they were absolutely stunning preening themselves on the bank (the birds, not my kids).
I love the valleys!
To find a bug, you have to think like a bug or (it would seem) dress like one!
My daughter and I went out to find bugs for today’s 30 days wild challenge.
We did not find anything (the rain kept them hidden), but she looked cute doing it!
“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!” Proverbs 6:6
Today we went for a welly walk in a neighbouring field. For company (not that four kids are not enough), I brought my best mate Greg the ferret (polecat). It had just rained so the field was filled with fresh scent, the kids loved following Greg in and out of the long grass as he hunted. Just like me, Greg is a middle aged, hairy, fat and smelly family pet and is totally incapable of catching anything living, he struggles to keep up with his biscuits.
“The lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.” Proverbs 12:27
We have the undeserved privellage of living in the Welsh Valleys. This gives us great access to some beautiful and rugged mountain terrain as well as densely populated urban areas, forged out of the boom of the local coal and iron industries. We are in a small rural town surrounded by miles of countryside but with a population of around 10,000 packed into rows and rows of old mining cottages.
Today’s challenge was to keep our eyes peeled to see how wildlife can burst through the brick.
“Such is the destiny of all who forget God; so perishes the hope of the godless. What they trust in is fragile; what they rely on is a spider’s web. They lean on the web, but it gives way; they cling to it, but it does not hold. They are like a well-watered plant in the sunshine, spreading its shoots over the garden; it entwines its roots round a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones. But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, “I never saw you.” Surely its life withers away, and from the soil other plants grow. ‘Surely God does not reject one who is blameless or strengthen the hands of evildoers. He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.” Job 8:13-21
It is pooring down with rain so we did our 30 days wild challenge indoors!
With just 30 mins until bed time we went to work with pen and paper, inspired by a picture tweeted by @EssexWTrecords (with thanks to Martin Orpen).
Samuel (aged 3)
Oscar (aged 7)
Arthur (aged 9)
“Then I saw another angel flying in mid-air, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.'” Revelation 14:6-7
Our 30 days wild adventure continues after our long weekend break in Hastings.
Being away for four days meant that our new vegetable patch had gone wild! Oscar volunteered to tend the plants, pulling out unwanted weeds and was pleased to see some strawberries growing already. We also discovered that a naughty caterpillar had chewed through some of our marrow leafs.
“Good news for the caterpillar as it will help him turn into a butterfly” said Oscar “bad news for our tummies though”.
“‘Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.”
All those who have been following our 30 days wild adventure will know that we have been visiting family in Hastings this weekend. Yesterday we enjoyed a family wedding on the sea front and the kids spent the day on the beach collecting stones with naturally eroded holes in.
Today we went to Auntie Jeannette’s and uncle Mace put rope through a particularly holy stone for the boys to keep, to remember a wonderful wild weekend.
“Trust in the LORD for ever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.”