Recent happenings in the Garden !
Recent happenings in the Garden !
Humans are drawn to nature. We feel better when we spend time in forests, gardens, or parks. It implies that an instinctive bond exists between humans and other living systems.
Similar ideas are echoed in the cultural practices of friluftsliv, the Scandinavian philosophy of open air living, and in shinrin-yoku, Japanese forest immersion (or “forest bathing”). And there’s science to back up those warm fuzzies. So, if you need more motivation to make time for a jaunt outside (or convince someone to join you), you’ve come to the right place.
1. Nature deficit disorder exists, and most of us have it.
Richard Louv coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the social, behavioral, and health consequences of alienation from the natural world. Although scientists are just beginning to understand the health impacts of urban, mostly indoor living, one thing is clear — we need to put down our devices and get outside.
2. It’s good for your heart (literally).
Japanese researchers have shown that forest bathing, the practice of sitting in the forest, lowers your blood pressure, pulse, and heart rate variability. It has also been shown to decrease stress hormone levels.
3. You’re less likely to be overweight.
In both kids and adults, access and exposure to nature has been shown to lower the risk of obesity. This relationship is most likely due to increased physical activity. Additional studies show that forest bathing decreases blood sugar and cortisol, both of which are also associated with obesity.
4. You’ll be happier and improve your memory.
People who live close to nature experience less anxiety and depression. Walking in nature has been shown to improve mood and short-term memory in people with depression, as well as decrease rumination (repetitive, negative thoughts) and brain activity associated with mental illness.
5. You’ll fight off illness more efficiently.
Exposure to nature improves immune system function in otherwise healthy people, increasing the production of natural killer cells, an important part of our defense against viruses and cancer.
6. Your brain will work better.
In children, time spent in natural settings decreased ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) symptoms. In adults, contact with nature improves focus, concentration, and work productivity.
7. You’ll get more out of your exercise.
Being outside is good for your health, even without the benefit exercise. But if you do choose to exercise in nature, studies show that you’ll feel a greater sense of revitalization, energy, enjoyment, and satisfaction.
8. You’ll feel less pain.
Just looking at nature scenery in a photo or out a window can reduce our experience of pain.
9. You’ll sync up to nature’s rhythms.
Being outdoors, and away from artificial lights, helps synchronize your biology to natural circadian rhythms. Scientists investigating chronobiology, the study of biological rhythms, have shown that our connection to natural light/dark cycles helps to regulate our sleep, our moods, our stress levels, and our hormones.
10. You’ll practice mindfulness, naturally.
Setting aside artificial stimulation and immersing yourself in nature makes you more aware of your surroundings. You hear the rustle of leaves, the creaking of leaves, and the songs of the birds. It’s mindfulness meditation at its most simple.
You can get most of these benefits even with sporadic exposure to nature. Even if you can only get out of the city infrequently, it will improve your health in countless ways.
What are you waiting for ?
*This is a repost it was originally published on MindBodyGreen and can be found here: Original Post
The summer is here and after a hectic 11 weeks I’ve finally got some time off. Today is my first day off and so far it’s warm and sunny. It’s only 8.33 but already the temperature has hit 22°c. Luckily the fine weather looks set to continue at the expense of some other places around the world which seems to be getting some really poor weather of late.
In all I’ve got eleven days which hopefully will be spent at home doing some chores,then in the garden and finally at the club hopefully topping up my tan and getting a good supply of vitamin B. Luckily I’ve been in the garden on my days off so I’m slightly tanned already and not bleachy white.
There’s plenty of things in the naturist world that have been happening while I’ve been busy working hard. World Naked Gardening Day,World Naked Bike Rides, Optional Clothes Free days at various garden venues and of course Nudefest which I believe happened last week.
There have also been rumblings of discontent on the BN & INF front too, which I’m not surprised as many naturist organisations never seem to run as quietly as the should do.Life should be so easy but us humans seem to make things so difficult.
My ‘Summer Slumber’ as I’ve called it, will be fill by chores that just need to be done. These include: Painting the hallway, the shed,the decking,bottom fence and side gate. After that I’d like to cut the lawn and trim edges finally put some more bark down in side and at the end of the garden behind the pond. Let’s see how it goes !
Before & After
Awoke to glorious sunshine so after several cups of coffee it was straight out into the garden, but not before I’d slapped on some sunscreen. First job was to remove the chicken wire on the gates which seemed to encase the garden when we moved in. By early spring I’d already removed much of it surrounding the garden, but wanting to paint both gates meant I’d have to remove the rest. Once it was done I painted on different colour ‘Dark Oak’ (on the garden gate) just to cover up the black, which I’d never really liked and I was quite pleased with the result.
Next was the lawn,after trimming the edges with the shears,I then got out the mower and finished it of adding some nice stripes to the parts of the lawn that was actually still green. It was so hot so I then had a shower and moved inside with today’s jobs done,to watch the England South Africa test match on the TV.
C’mon England !
After a bacon sandwich we’d arranged to go and see a friend on Saturday to socialise have a few drinks,watch some bands staying the night and returning after breakfast on Sunday morning.I havent really had time for any social drinking recently apart from the odd bottle at home, it was good to relax and enjoy the entertainment and the company and of course my favourite tipple Guinness.
We were up early on Sunday so we ended up having breakfast went shopping and still returned but midday. After relaxing for a few hours I decided it was on with the jobs and put up a new venetian blind,some shelves,a Roger Waters picture and general tidy the room from which I’m composing this post right now.
Hopefully in a weeks or so we may be able to pop along to the club and see how the Cabinchaletshed has fared over the fairly mild winter which hasn’t really seen any snow at all. For one reason or another we haven’t visited together since late September although I did pop over in late February to collect some clothes and the bedding. Over the course of the last year work(mainly),family commitments and us moving house have seen our visits kept to a minimum.
The thing I miss most the only thing, is the setting which is deep in the countryside a setting not dissimilar to where we live now. There’s nothing better than arriving on a Friday night getting undressed and not wearing anything apart from a smile until Sunday evening. Even when it’s not sunny it’s still pleasant and as we are not huge drinkers anymore it’s time to think of way of entertaining ourselves other than the legendary trivial pursuit of course.
Only last week I bought an Aldi special of a inverter and a solar battery voltaic panel which I hope will give us sustainable power throughout the weeks months and years just for the princely sum of £52. Maybe we can hook up a TV so we can watch our many DVDs in our huge collection.
This morning with sustainability in mind I renewed our joint membership to the Green Party and I’m hoping we can get back to enjoying life the way we did, just a couple of short years ago. Work must of course be factored in to make it all possible however,even so it important to enjoy life whenever you can.
After cutting the grass yesterday afternoon,I settled down on the sunbed in the garden soaking up some well earned rays. Apart from the flies(there were many) I suddenly noticed how many birds had come into the garden.I quickly popped inside and grabbed the camera to see just how many I could shoot, before the sun disappeared. Sitting quietly and as still as I could suddenly all the birds returned.
The best shots I got were not as easy as one would think, as I spotted a Blackbird over my left should and managed to shoot these before my neck ached,I moved and the birds flew away.
Its 6.05 on a glorious Saturday morning and I’m sitting here in the garden wonderfully clothes free with only the birds and the bees and some horses in the field behind for company. It is a little cool but the sun rose only 30 minutes ago,but its serenely peaceful as I contemplate going off to work in just over an hour. We only moved in yesterday but already it feels like home and with no major breakages things seem on the up.The house at the moment is very disorganised as you can imagine,so getting lunch for today meant a stop over at a supermarket.The distance to work has increased for me to around 28 miles.
Even so it only took around 10 minutes longer however it’s a Saturday so the traffic was almost non existent. It will mean a round trip of around 60 miles every day but hopefully we can share the cost by only using one car so we might even save money.
Was someone else in on the move ? (this was on the actual day)
The move went ok,it was a little tough on Thursday but we managed three trips in a Luton van with a tail lift which helped. It wasn’t the furniture that was a pain more the little odds and ends which just never seemed to disappear. In the end it was a case of just chucking everything in a box regardless.
Once its was all done and the rooms were cleaned the flat looked nice enough to move back into,but with more space in our new home and a garden it can only be better for everyone.
It’s Sunday today and after a Saturday night barbie and an early night after three hard days we’re finally settled. It’s cloudy today but once again I was up with the larks,I suppose it’s working all days of the week and moving I’ve kind of forgotten what day of the week it is.
Naked Literature for Avid Readers, Attentive Eavesdroppers & Glorious Voyeurs
My mind on the web --------
A BLOG FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS ...
Katrina’s Allotment Diary
Lifestyle and Fun
Photograpghy of Tim Jeffers
Watching our environment ... our health ... and corporations ... exposing lies and corruption
Organic Gardening tips
Sowing the seeds of today's dreams so tomorrow they are harvested as realities
Country gardener nurturing people, plants - and wildlife
A blog on my gardening, types of plants & propagation.
The life and loves of a time-poor plantsman
The love of gardening is a seed once sown that never dies - Gertrude Jekyll