This week’s Discover Challenge is Retrospective, and seeing we are in the closing days of December is seems the ideal time to look back on my 16 for 2016 list.
16: Plant sixteen different vegetables in the garden
Success see previous June Review.
15: Read fifteen books in the year
Success see previous post on books read.
14: Send fourteen wildlife records to the National Biodiversity Data Centre
I had not kept a record of the data I sent to the National Biodiversity Data Centre. But they now have a great online facility that allows you to check you records. And I actually sent in 58, a lot more than I thought! This included ten mammal records, eight bird records, fifteen insect records as well as plant records.
13: Find thirteen interesting items
I didn’t do as well here as I had hoped. I mentioned previously the lovely bit of drift wood and there were the fascinating “By the Wind Sailors“. We did find some nice stones at the beach a couple of times too but still falling short on this one.
12: Give away twelve plants to worthy homes
Success see previous June Review.
11: Have eleven fun days out with the kids
The June count was four. But we had 4 great days out in Wales, and visits to Erris Head. Mulranney beach, Lacken beach and Keem bay.
10: Complete ten butterfly and or bee transects this year
Just got the ten in!
9: Try nine new recipes.
Oh dear, I haven’t been very adventurous! With only three days left I don’t think I will make it! I have just tried a Duck Terrine as a contribution to Christmas eve dinner at my parents. With the exception of forgetting to add the salt it seems to have gone down well. So that and the fish curry are only two that I can recall!!!!
8: Go on eight cycle rides
Cycle rides, again with the exception of the school run in the spring I have been very bad here too. I think I may have had two other cycles!
7: In addition to number 2 below have seven Mayo days out to some of my favourite Mayo places.
Achieved – see June review and 11 above.
6: Try to do six random acts of kindness to complete strangers
With the exception of letting cars pull out and giving some change to a poor homeless lady, and bringing the trolley back for an elderly gentleman I think I have fallen short of this one. Perhaps something to focus on for 2017.
5: With the help of my family make, and put up five bird, bat and /or insect boxes
We’ve done this with the school garden club and still hope to make some at home over the next couple of days!
4: Make four home-made presents for family and/or friends
Falling short on this one too – with exception of birthday cakes for both my parents – if those count?
3: Have three swims, ideally in the Atlantic
I actually had 4 or 5. One at Mulranney beach, two at Ross beach, one at Keem bay and one at Lacken beach. The Lacken one was more a play in the waves but as it is the Atlantic I am happy enough for it to count!
2: Find two new places in Mayo to explore
We finally explored a small section of the Westport-Achill Cycle Greenway (also called the Great Western Greenway). Which was beautiful. We also enjoyed the beach just down the road at Mulranney. Erris Head was another wonderful place to visit, with amazing scenery.
1: Record one new species for the garden
As reported previously the Grey Dagger moth would count for this one.
Scenery from the Greenway
Keem Bay, Achill
By the wind sailor
Erris head fence
CAstle in Wales
bird and bat boxes