Today has been the most exciting and special day of our 30 days wild adventure as we had a family wedding on the sea front at Hastings.
The kids spent the day paddling in the sea and collecting stones with naturally bored holes in them. What better wedding entertainment could there be than the ocean?
Arthur could not handle the stone beach, preferring the soft Welsh valley heather beneath his feet.
“The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker;”
Today we left the safety of the shire (our Welsh Valley) to go and see family in Hastings for the wedding of the year! (More on this tomorrow!).
The drive down was lovely until we got to the M25. We then crawled for three hours to the south coast. This did allow us to focus in on some beautiful scenery that we would have otherwise whizzed past.
It was a five hour trip from hovering buzzards in the Welsh Valley to seagulls on the south coast.
When we arrived at our chalet/caravan the kids continued in their wild adventure by making weapons out of fallen branches.
We then went to my auntie’s house and enjoyed her garden, which includes a nature den (known as the bus stop).
The boys then made a nest and used stones for eggs
“How lovely is your dwelling-place, LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:1-5
Living in a manse has its benefits; like living in beautiful church grounds!
We explored them today for our 30 days wild challenge, on the hunt for some flowers to smell.
“For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
2 Corinthians 2:15
Day 8 we went all out! I got out the shovel and dug up the turf on the bank, filled the void with some soil and we made a vegetable patch. This was too messy for Princess Abigail!
We were given some strawberry and raspberry plants from a friends allotment, we also planted some carrots and marrow.
“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labour. For we are fellow workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.” 1 Corinthians 3:6-9
Today’s activity for “30 Days Wild” – have a dance in the garden!
It was surprisingly refreshing and something I will do again with the kids! It made us all smile! Great start to the day.
“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:4
Day 6 and the children are back to school after a wild half term.
This morning (in full uniform) we went out in the wild to enjoy a cup of tea and hear the birdsong.
“The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches.” Psalm 104:12
Today we chopped up various ingredients to make a smorgasbord of goodness for our feathered neighbours!
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:26-27
We also welcomed some stray sheep into the garden!
Today has been the boys favourite task so far during our 30 days Wilde adventure.
We found a secret part of the garden and covered it with sticks to make a hidden den for them to hideout in over the summer.
“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
Day three on our 30 Days Wild adventure allows for a welcome return of our metal green garden mugs, where the clan are now tasting wild Elderflower for the first time.
“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Day two of our adventure, we went to my wife’s grandparents in the Forest of Dean. They are blessed with an acre of well managed garden which includes beautiful flower beds, landscaped lawns, summer houses and statues, a brook and some wild areas.
They have a webcam that triggers to movement, modelled by some excited children below.
They then went inside to view the footage from the night before and they were delighted to see a fox!
“O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.” Ezekiel 13:4