16 for 2016 – some of my favourite bloggers (Wild daffodil and the Aran Artisan) and have been completing a 2016 list of 16. I love the idea which originally came from Cathy at nanacathydotcom. So better late than never and starting in reverse order:
16: Plant sixteen different vegetables in the garden (not necessarily types, so for example, could have three varieties of lettuce)
15: Read fifteen books in the year
14: Send fourteen wildlife records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre
13: Find thirteen interesting items (these could be anything from something picked up beach-combing, to finding something in a charity shop – ideally it should not be something new or that I have paid full price for!)
12: Give away twelve plants to worthy homes
11: Have eleven fun days out with the kids
10: Complete ten butterfly and or bee transects this year
9: Try nine new recipes. I sometimes find that I get into a cooking rut where you cook the same things week in and week out. I’ve got myself into one of those and need to start experimenting with some new ideas
8: Go on eight cycle rides
7: In addition to number 2 below have seven Mayo days out to some of my favourite Mayo places.
6: Try to do six random acts of kindness to complete strangers (I have stolen and adapted this idea from Cathy, the original blogger of this great idea.
5: With the help of my family make, and put up five bird, bat and /or insect boxes
4: Make four home-made presents for family and/or friends
3: Have three swims, ideally in the Atlantic
2: Find two new places in Mayo to explore
1: Record one new species for the garden
0: Zero days complaining about the weather especially the rain – because there is nothing we can do about it, so will learn to have to adapt!
Solitary bee – Megachile visicolor