|in the forest at Soumeix|
|after the rain|
|in the forest|
|seedlings - a few sunflowers, cornichons and herbs too|
Reasons to get outside and #30DaysWild in the Limousin
There are so many reasons to get outside and connect with nature. With many benefits for the mind, body and soul, are you spending enough time outdoors?
We can often feel disconnected and separate from nature. Long hours in city jobs and commutes on overcrowded trains, but we crave time in the great outdoors. There is more and more evidence being gathered to back up the view that we are genetically and biologically programmed to be connected to nature.
One of the main reasons we moved to the Limousin was to work and live a life more connected to the land around us. We are now far away from busy city life and lack the 24 access to amenities, but this fades into insignificance when we look outside. Even in the rainy days there is beauty all around.
Every morning I can't wait to throw open the bedroom windows and listen to the bird song. There is nothing more soothing to my soul than the sounds of nature.
As a novice gardener, in what is in places an overgrown woodland, I am spending time outside up to my knees in mud and dirt on a regular basis. My bones and muscles ache as I pull out weeds and prune back dead branches and trees, but I end a day's work feeling restored and better for spending it outdoors.
Gardening fills my mind - quite literally a 'mindful' activity and one I have to be fully present and in the moment for. It's much more difficult for negativity to creep in and distract me when I am busy concentrating on weeding or digging over a plot of land ready for planting. This is my first year of trying to grow vegetables here and I can't wait to check everyday for new shoots and signs of life popping up. Such simple, natural pleasures. It takes me back to childhood memories of planting sunflowers in the garden and seeing how tall they would grow, measuring them every few days. They are still one of my favourite flowers, but this year I am thrilled to be growing them from my own seeds that I collected last year.
"You lose yourself in the moment, you forget everything around you when you care for something that's bigger than yourself, and when you look more closely at nature, it's a perpetual source of wonder."
I have just signed up to 30 Days Wild with The Wildlife Trusts. An exciting initiative to inspire us to spend the 30 days of June doing something 'wild' and in the great outdoors every day. You can follow it on social media via #30DaysWild.
I am taking the challenge and sharing my experiences of doing something 'wild' every day in June (and hopefully beyond too). Follow us on social media via our links below to find out more. We would love to hear from you too. Get in touch with your own experiences, blog posts, photos and art work of your time in nature and the wild.
bird song & rainy days in the Limousin
— DeToutCoeurLimousin (@DeToutCoeur_) June 2, 2016
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