The Podcast

Mother Earth needs us to keep our covenant. We will do this in courts, we will do this on our radio station, and we will commit to our descendants to work hard to protect this land and water for them. Whether you have feet, wings, fins, or roots, we are all in it together”

WINONA LADUKE

It is World Radio day today which feels like the perfect time to share with you a Podcast I recorded recently with Keri Jones for a local community radio programme. ‘This is Alfred’ is based in the Shaftesbury area and covers local news, events, the arts, green issues and the Dorset countryside to name just a few. When I was asked to discuss my corner of the internet with them I couldn’t wait to share all that I had experienced in this first year of blogging and my love for nature, history, and all things Dorset.

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The Wild Network – Challenge 5

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions”

Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

In mid-January I received our fifth challenge from ‘The Wild Network’. This time we were asked to create a series of vlogs focused on thinking outside of the box when it comes to our family wild time. As part of this challenge we were asked to (amongst other things) take indoor activities outside, explore new areas, and beat the barriers that keep us indoors… especially during the cold winter months!

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The Wild Network – Challenge 3 and 4

The future will belong to the nature-smart…”

Richard Louv

‘The Wild Network’ sent out their third and fourth challenges in the run up to the Christmas break. I thought this one was particularly interesting as it asked for 2 completely contrasting vlogs. The third challenge was asking us as parents to fully engage with our children’s technological worlds. While the fourth challenge focused on us getting outside more as a family over the school holiday.

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The Wild Network – Challenge 2

 So look up from your phone, shut down your displays. We have a finite existence, a set number of days” – Gary Turk

My second challenge from ‘The Wild Network’ arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks ago asking me to create a series of vlogs based around implementing a gentle digital detox in our busy family lives before taking part in a 2 day long full digital detox over the final weekend in November. As part of this challenge I was asked to, amongst other things, set timers on our devices, turn phones to airplane mode, and to not use them at the beginning or end of the day. I filmed our observations, thoughts, and feelings on these detox’s as well as all the lovely things we did instead of turning to a gadget for entertainment and went on to create the following vlogs.

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The Wild Network – Challenge 1

The danger always exists that our technology will serve as a buffer between us and nature, a block between us and the deeper dimensions of our own experience” – Rollo May

A couple of weeks ago I received my first challenge from ‘The Wild Network’ who are exploring and comparing how we use technology nowadays compared to 10 years ago and just how much we use it. For this latest project I was asked to create a series of 2 minute vlogs based around how, as a family, we use technology, and access nature on a daily basis. As part of this challenge I was asked to record how our time was divided between our activities, and even on days I thought we didn’t use a lot of technology it still took up a shocking amount of our day.

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The Wild Network – Vlog 1

What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?” – Richard Louv

Recently I was shortlisted by ‘The Wild Network’ to become one of their “on the ground ambassadors” and parent vloggers. Just in case you’ve never heard of them before let me tell you more…

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The Pumpkin Post

Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere” – Charles M. Schulz.

Last weekend my family and I visited the local pumpkin patch to select our Halloween Jack-O-Lantern. I shared a photo of our chosen pumpkin (the ‘Great Pumpkin’ we now think!) on Instagram with this statistic I found online; Roughly 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin are thrown away every year, that’s enough pumpkins to make a bowl of pumpkin soup for every person in the UK. In my caption I also shared a few simple ways in which pumpkins can be used and re-used. I shared this image and caption over on Facebook too and the response it has received this week has been beyond anything I could have imagined. At the point of writing this it has been liked 418 times, shared 846 times, and viewed an incredible 113,185 times. I felt that this made it an important issue to cover here on my blog too. I have collected for this post the best online links for Pumpkin recipes that I could find (and plan to use myself!) As well as the best ways to recycle your Pumpkin. So this Halloween season we can work together to reduce the 18,000 tonnes of Pumpkin waste. Just imagine if only 1% of that 113,000 make a change and don’t throw their pumpkin away this year because of that post, that’s more than 1000 pumpkins not going to landfill. 

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