Day 30 toasting marshmallows 

The last day of our 30 days wild challenge was a wash out as the rain continued to hammer down. 

But we still wanted to celebrate what has been a wonderful time with nature, so we got the fire pit out and toasted marshmallows in the rain. The kids loved it!

“When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.‭‭” John‬ ‭21:9-13‬ ‭

Day 29 drawing and labelling our garden

Another rainy day in our valley, so the kids (stuck indoors) drew a picture of the garden and labelled it!

Let’s hope the sun has got his hat on for tomorrow’s finale!

“The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭2:15‬ 

Day 28 wellie wanging

It’s a rainy day in our little Valley, so the kids got dressed up in their waterproofs and played a game of welly wanging! The rules are simple, the winner is who can chuck the boot the furthest. Not exactly wild, but it got them outside.

“Moab is my washbasin, on Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭60:8‬ ‭

Day 27 make a butterfly feeder

Today for our 30 day wild challenge we picked up an empty bottle, made my namesake (a funnel) to put sand into the bottle and weigh it down. We then soaked cotton wool in sugar water and popped it into the top and decorated with a flower. 

One butterfly feeder 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ 

Day 26 walking with giants

Today the congregation at Noddfa had a well earned break from me. I went to the neighbouring Valley to preach morning and evening at a sister church, Blaina Evangelical. We had a wonderful day together and on the way back stopped off at Six Bells Abertillery for our 30 day wild challenge. I told the boys we were going to walk with a giant! 

We walked through Parc Arael Griffen to the magnificent Guardian statue. The Parc also features rivers, ponds and grasses, with spectacular views, much was fenced off for a conservation project to encourage lizards to the area.

The Guardian is a memorial for the local colliery disaster that killed 45 men in 1960. It is an impressive figure staring down the valley. It reminded me of Ezekiels vision.

“high above on the throne was a figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if full of fire, and that from there down he looked like fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking.”‭‭ Ezekiel‬ ‭1:26-28‬ ‭

Day 24 evening song

Our 30 days wild challenge was left until late as we spent some time in the garden listening to evening bird song.

“Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbour, for we are all members of one body. ‘In your anger do not sin’: do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:25-26‬ ‭

Day 23 bug drawing and invisible prints

Today the boys school was closed as it was being used for a polling station at the EU referendum, so we went up to the church and painted some wildlife pics, including a bug!

We then checked the footprint trackers, all the bate was gone….but not one print!
“When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.” ‭‭Job‬ ‭9:11‬ 

No prints, no bread, not fair!

Day 21 footprint tracker

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 ‭