First of all, since this is my first post of 2021, a belated Happy New Year to all my friends, followers and readers. May 2021 be a year of blessings for you all.
Normally at the end of the year, I post a review of the year’s activities together with setting out some plans for the year to come………but I thought that would be a bit pointless because, as with everyone, my plans were all a write-off! That’s not to say the year was a write-off because actually, in many ways, it was still a great year! One of the benefits of cancelled plans though is that planning for the coming year was easy – I just carried over all my failed plans from 2020. I have no idea if I will be able to achieve any of my aims, it is just one day at a time for all of us isn’t it?
For the time being, it is local walks only again, but I’m enjoying the little pockets of quasi-countryside that surround me, parks and tracts of heathland etc. Because of the uncertainty, I did decide on one thing and that was that 2021 would be a ‘Year of Nature’. As you will know, I love wildlife, the countryside, and just being amongst nature in any form so what is different about 2021? Well, whilst I love nature, I have never really got to know it in detail. I see lots of it on my walks, and I regularly make resolutions to identify what I am seeing and to learn the names of creatures and plants etc. Then I start to do that but then a few weeks later I see the same thing and I just can’t recall its name despite having identified it only a short time previously! Does anyone else have that problem? It just becomes demoralising and I wind up giving up trying.
So this year, whilst everything is so uncertain and restricting, I decided that I would try again in the hopes that some of the things I learn will stick 🙂 ! To help with this, I have set myself up with a ‘Year in Nature’ journal in which to write, sketch and paint my findings. Hopefully, the putting pen to paper will help the information to gel in my mind 🙂 ! I have also acquired a movement-triggered wildlife camera so that I can record night time activity in the garden.
For the time being, shorter, local, nature rambles are the order of the day and all being well I will share some of my findings on this blog. I have already discovered some interesting things, including some frogspawn in the local park – it is very early in the year for this……but that’s a story for another day.
And who knows, maybe I might just get a backpacking trip in this year as well, Covid willing!
Stay safe, and thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,
The Dorset Rambler
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