“…newly Sprung in June”

The first day of June and I’m back to my early morning meanders, up at 4.45am and on the beach within half an hour. The temperature, already warm at 13C and the sun rising steadily, hot and high by 8am.

This morning I decided to join in with no less than two different initiatives to celebrate all things ‘wild’.

This month The Wildlife Trust in the UK urges people to “…do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. That’s 30 simple fun and exciting Random Acts of Wildness.” So get out there and enjoy the great outdoors or even just spend time your local park or garden and join in by posting words or images on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #30DaysWild and have a look at the website for more details; https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/57739/petition/1

This is also the start of International Nature Journaling Week and I intend to have a go at sketching for the first time in years. Each day looks at an aspect of nature and today was a celebration of plants. There are a few prominent plants and flowers that stand out on the clifftop above Southbourne beach. I will try and put an impression on paper, but now these photos will have to do. I must admit, I only have some dry felt tips in the drawer. You can join this effort to embrace nature by looking up and having a go. https://www.naturejournalingweek.com/

And last, but not least, a poem to celebrate the start of this month;

A Red, Red Rose


O my Luve is like a red, red rose
   That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.


  1. shazza

    I would love to see some coastal flowers at the moment. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will make it to the Lancs coast. I do my own nature journal and record what I see on my walks with the dog. It’s good to compare what wildlife appears year to year and when. Good luck with your June nature spotting. Looking forward to your posts. X


  2. Emma

    Hey Shazza, many thanks. I am so lucky to live so close but due to shielding as much as possible, I can only visit early hours before the onset of coastal madness. It’s a great challenge and one I hope I will keep up xx


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