Celebrating The Everyday

Welcome to the first post in our new blog series.

Our New Year’s Day walk took us to our nearest green space, a patch of woodland on the edge of Bedford. It was a grey and uninspiring morning, and after all the recent rain, rather muddy underfoot.

At first there didn’t seem to be much to see but we soon started to notice the things around us, birdsong, and the sound of babbling water in the brook, often a muddy ditch but thanks to the rain now flowing well around the northern edge of the wood.

There were solitary robins perching on fallen branches and a pair of magpies hopping around on a blanket of fallen leaves. Every now and again a grey squirrel would appear half way up a tree.

Most striking was the abundance of mosses and lichens – and the sheer variety of colours, textures and details. Once we’d started to spot them they seemed to be everywhere. More elusive but worth looking out for were fungi hidden in nooks and crannies.

Taking a walk on a dull day could have been disappointing but instead it became a chance to appreciate the small and unflashy.

That wouldn’t make a bad resolution for 2020 – let’s appreciate the little things on our doorstep.

Shelly Dennison – Communications Officer

Enjoyed this post? Then you might enjoy reading Common Ground by Rob Cowen.


Quernmore landscape