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A couple of nights ago I went to see some live music.
I’d never seen or heard singer-songwriter Chris TT before, his songs, played mainly on acoustic guitar were a mix of clever folk-protest and psych-pop, with some fun chat in between.
After a couple of funny protest numbers, including one about saving a tree, he introduced his next song as being “as close to the real me as you’ll ever get.”
After all the songs looking outward, Words Fail Me, he said was his attempt to tell the truth about what was going on inside.
It was beautiful and moving, and touched the audience in a way that was very different. We all felt the emotion that the truth can bring.
It's not something we do often but really speaking from the heart always resonates.
It was this big! Sensing the Land before a deep time travel walk on Wolstonbury Hill on the Sussex Downs.
We're doing it again in a couple of weeks.
Alex said he wasn't creative. Then he went and made this extraordinary piece of Land Art: a circle marked by leaves, with two found posts positioned to align perfectly with the i360 tower on the horizon.
It linked the place where he was on the Downs to Brighton in the distance.
Join us this Sunday for more Land Art and Mindfulness with Anniek Verholt.
This row of stones and tiny yellow petals were made by Liz at last years Land Art & Mindfulness.
We're doing it again this Sunday. Join us.
This is what we did at Becoming Animal
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Good fun playing with blindfolds amongst the bluebells and the beech trees today on Becoming Animal, with Alistair Duncan.
It's surprising how much you can perceive when you remove the sense of sight.
Checking out the location for a big wild food cooking day that we're running for a Brighton business leaders club, with Sarah Watson
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On a recce to find the right venue for our coastal foraging session, with Mike the Forager.
Looks like it'll be near Seaford in Sussex.
While we're out looking, we nibble on sea blight, sea purslane, and the very yummy sea kale flowers.
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Hemlock and Cow Parsley look very similar. Hemlock is very poisonous, cow parsley is safe and tasty. They both belong to the Umbelliferae family or the Carrot/Celery family of plants - one to be very careful of!
So how do you tell the difference?
Firstly, the old adage: if you're not 100% sure, don't pick it!
- smells like mouse pee
- has purple spatter blotches on the stem (most noticeable at ground level)
- has a smooth stem
- the stem branches are round
- more feathery leaves
- slightly hairy stem
- stems can be green or purple (but not blotchy)
- stems have a groove in them
- smells like parsley!
Really hard to tell from the picture above!
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It's almost dusk and the birds are making a sweet racket in the trees at the edge of the field.
We’re about to start our first night walk, a new addition to the School of the Wild programme. It’s the last time we can do it before Autumn, as from now the lengthening Spring and Summer days mean it gets dark too late to finish the walk at a reasonable time.
We’re doing the walk in silence to try and help people drop into a quiet inner space, from where it's possible to have a stronger sensory connection with the land: the tastes and smells in the air, the feel of the wind on skin, the touch of the ground under foot.
The darkness has long been a frightening place, getting to know it in this way opens up the possibility of befriending the night, and of falling in love with nature again.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.