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Free Food!

Foraging for free food is becoming more and more popular. I should say it is making a comeback as it must have been commonly done just two generations ago or so before the spread of supermarkets. I am a great fan of it; it runs in my blood and many European natives might tell the

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The woods are alive!

Do you ever take a wander through the woods and get that feeling in the back of your neck that you’re not alone… that you’re being watched? It sounds like the intro to a horror film, but the truth is you probably are! Luckily, the only creatures watching are likely to be foxes and deer,

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It’s ok to feel the spring blues

We are passed the equinox, the time when day and night are equal, and the clocks have shifted forward. The mornings feel so much longer and full of birdsong. Our parks and woods are becoming greener and filled with flowers and blossom. This means the dark days of winter firmly over, and as a result

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A journey into Cumbernauld’s wild centre

Picture an urban scene – is it full of crowds, cars and concrete? It’s no wonder that the hustle of urban life can make people feel disoriented, or even ill. Recently I found myself in Cumbernauld shopping centre feeling like I was having a heart attack. I couldn’t draw breath, was freezing cold and yet

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Beating the Winter Blues

It’s been a cold start to the year but that hasn’t stopped the Wild Ways Well group from getting out exploring Cumbernauld’s wildlife reserves. I suffer badly from Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as ‘the winter blues’. You might relate to an annual feeling of dread and depression during the dark days of winter. When

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Earlier signs of spring

When did you see your first snowdrop? The first Wild Ways Well group of the year was out in the middle of January and we were lucky to see them already! Apparently, the dingle-dangles didn’t use to flower before February during the 1950s and 1960s. This leads us to reflect about the climate changing around

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This is not the time to follow resolutions

A nature follower would tell you that the first of January is not a special day as it doesn’t follow a natural rhythm. Likewise, astrologers often advise to set intentions at the spring equinox when the energies are kick-starting again. We can set up New Year intentions if that makes us feel good, BUT we

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New Year, New You

  What were you doing at the bells? If you’re anything like me you will have course have been sitting in furious concentration studying a year planner, mapping out your route through 2019.  And in order to have as successful a year as possible you’ll also have been planning your resolutions, all the ways you’re

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Winter words from Wild Ways Well

I can’t help it. I always find beauty in nature, or rather it finds me! What has been soul-lifting these last weeks have been the skies! They were well worth stepping out of the path and away from the skyscrapers: dramatic and full of contrasts, from the darkest of the darker shades intermingled with different

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‘Tis the season to be jolly?

‘Tis the Season to be jolly? for 19 December 2018 Paul Barclay, Community Networks Officer, Cumbernauld Living Landscape At this time of year the message that’s beamed into our homes and bombards us from every advertising channel is to smile, laugh, and be happy. But it’s often not that easy. For many people Christmas can