I've been enjoying 30DaysWild, but I admit that my enthusiasm has dropped lately simply because I've had other things on my mind. My art exhibit in Slimbridge's WWT centre is being set up in 2 and a half weeks, so I'm trying to make sure I've not forgotten anything, I also have my Multiple Sclerosis Society raffle starting on July 1st so I've had a few things to do for that, and, as you'll see below, I've also been a bit busier with my book.
But I still have yet to fail to do anything for 30DaysWild. I may not always have a picture to show or a story to tell, but even taking time out for a quiet and uneventful walk can be a really good thing to do.
On June 22nd I showed the tree stump cake I made my dad for Father's Day. It's far from one of the best cakes I've made as far as photographs go - it looked better in person - and, to be fair, I have also made generally better-looking cakes. But he loved it, I was pleased with its outcome, and it tasted great - that, at least, was something I knew I wouldn't get wrong!
June 23rd saw the announcement of my upcoming raffle to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, an MS charity that helped my mum and my family when she was diagnosed all those years ago, and have continued to offer their support over the past 23 years. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday the 1st July at £2.50 each
On June 24th I took my mum out for a stroll around the park behind the house. I didn't bring my camera because carrying that bulky thing while pushing a wheelchair isn't a trial I fancied at the time. I took some of Aduna's Moringa bars with me so we had a nice, healthy and delicious snack while we were out. It was quite a nice day! But pushing the wheelchair in the heat of the sun gets old very fast. Still, she enjoyed it!
I took my writing outside of June 25th and enjoyed my favourite snack combination of all time: tamaryokucha tea and a Trek raisin and oat flapjack. It's very specific, but those two come together to make an amazing combination with subtle flavours and textures, and when you've got a snack like that, it's easier to relax, I find.
On June 26th I participated in #GoGadgetFree, stepping away from the computer and games consoles for a full 24 hours, and substituted my workout with plans from magazines rather than DVDs. I also did a little extra work on my raffle - I was hoping to be able to offer some digital prints of woodland watercolour paintings with each ticket to ensure everyone who buys a ticket gets something for it, but it took me a long time to get around to it. I finally did it, though, and have ended up with a fox, a badger and a rabbit. I'm hoping to be able to add a deer to it soon, but with tickets going on sale on Wednesday, I'd better get a move on!
On June 27th I wrote outside again and, at last, finished writing my book, and on June 28th I just went for a walk. I was so focused on the 27th that it was just mental, and I admit that that day's 30DaysWild post focused more on the writing than on the fact that it was done outside, at least I made an effort. There wasn't much more I could have done, in truth, because my mind wouldn't shut down that day, and that's quite a nice feeling when you've been struggling for so long to truly focus on something important to you.