As we welcome December, I wanted to share with you some observations of the changes taking place in the surrounding landscape. While I'm no expert, there are a couple of things you might find interesting or useful, whether you're out on a ramble or prefer reading about them from the warmth of your home.
December typically proves to be a demanding month for many, both financially and socially. This is precisely why I encourage you to step outside whenever possible. It doesn't have to be a lengthy two-hour hike; it can simply involve getting some fresh air on your balcony or taking a brisk walk around the block. It won't necessarily consume a significant amount of your day, and there's no need to document it for social media (shocking, right?). Reconnecting with nature should never feel like a chore; instead, it should be a nourishing and beneficial experience. If it doesn't feel that way, perhaps it's time to explore new ways of connecting with the natural world.
During the colder months, it's common to spot cars parked on the moors, windows slightly open, with a travel mug of tea and a piece of cake on the dashboard. Personally, my family and I have been known to embark on a ten-minute walk, followed by a cozy session in the boot with hot chocolate and cookies for the kids. It's our way of reconnecting with nature as the kids are warming up in the boot blanket while enjoying the sea view and the invigorating salty air. Remember, the essence of connecting with nature lies in finding joy and comfort in the process. Stuck for inspiration? Here are a couple for you to consider and maybe even explore for yourself.
December in the United Kingdom ushers in a unique and enchanting chapter in nature's book. As winter wraps its cool embrace around the landscapes, the country transforms into a canvas painted with subtle hues and whispered tales. Let's embark on a journey to explore the silent symphony of nature in the UK during this magical month.
1. Frost-Kissed Streets:
The crisp dawn of December brings with it a breathtaking spectacle - a world adorned in delicate frost. From the countryside meadows to the bustling city parks, every surface glistens under the touch of Jack Frost. Take a stroll through the frost-kissed grass (the sound of the 'crunchy grass; beneath their feet was one of my chidrens favourites). Witness nature's meticulous hand at work, turning ordinary scenes into a sparkling wonderland. One of my favourite times to walk at this time of year is after dinner, when the air turns crisp and the ice is illuminated under the street lights often in the company of the glow of the moon. You don't have to go far, between the cool air and the sight of everyone's christmas lights I often think there are few better ways to end the day in December.
2. Evergreen Sentinels:
While the trees shed their leaves, the evergreen sentinels stand tall, providing a stark contrast to the winter landscape. Pine, fir, and holly trees become beacons of vibrancy, their deep greens a reminder of life's resilience even in the quietest of seasons. Venture into the woods to discover the subtle fragrances and hidden wildlife that thrive amidst these steadfast guardians is one of our favourite things to do on those days where it all just feels a little too much. The darkness of the forest and the whispers of the holly king are something my soul craves after too much chocolate and central heating.
You could even make it a weekly or christmas tradition to walk in the woods as a family?
3. A Tapestry of Winter Wildlife:
December is a time when nature's creatures adapt to the changing temperatures. Birdwatching enthusiasts are in for a treat as winter migrants, such as redwings and fieldfares, join resident species like robins and blue tits. Lakes and ponds become havens for waterfowl, offering glimpses of elegant swans and energetic ducks gracefully navigating icy waters. If you have a lake, pond or nature reserve near you then now would be the perfect time to visit. But also a local park or footpath can be equally rewarding when it comes to bird watching. Note: If you can don't forget to place some seed in your own garden for the birds at this time of year when food can be lacking in abundance for them.
In December, nature in the UK embraces a quiet beauty that invites introspection. The landscapes may appear subdued, but within this apparent stillness lies a vibrant ecosystem, adapting and thriving in the face of winter's embrace. As we take the time to appreciate the subtleties of this season, we find ourselves woven into the tapestry of nature's enduring story. So, bundle up, step outside, and let the silent symphony of December in the UK captivate your senses.
Charlie Edwards - Light Code Weaver - Land Healer - Wisht Witch