20.6.20 30 Days Wild #20 ‘Go tell the bees’

Mae’r byd natur yn gwmni ac yn gysur cyson i fi. Mae fy ngwaith fel actor yn bleser pur pan gai’r cyfle i’w brofi. Pan mae’r ddau yn dod at ei gilydd – mae bywyd yn eitha cyflawn.

Sdim gwell enghraifft o hynny na’r sioe “Gofynnwch wrth Wallace’ i Theatr Na n’Og. Sioe sy’n crynhoi uchelgais f’atgofion actio.

Ac heno, ar ddiwrnod hirddydd haf, mi fyddai’n perfformio’n fyw gyda NTW ar ‘Go Tell the Bees’. Yn fyw – ac ar lein. Yn fyw – ac yn rhithiol. Yn fyw – ac o gartre’. Yn fyw – heb ôl troed carbon. Falle nad yw hynny’n wyllt iawn o safbwynt #30DiwrnodGwyllt, ond mi fyddai’n cysylltu da natur ac yn mwynhau glased o gwrw tu allan wrth ffarwelio ar ddiwrnod heuldro’r haf 2020.

The natural world is such an important connective sustenance for me. The chance to engage with acting work is simply my idea of a perfect job. Put the two together, and there is nothing better.

The best example of this is my work with Theatr Na n’Og on ‘You should ask Wallace’ which is simply the epitome of the ideal combination.

Tonight, I have another opportunity to combine both elements. I’m lucky enough to be involved with ‘Go tell the Bees’ for National Theatre Wales.

So, it may not be a direct contact with nature for #30DaysWild today, but I’ll be talking to the bees and then enjoying a beer outside to celebrate the solstice 2020. I’ll be home, online, in a virtual performance, with zero carbon emission and zero theatrical set or costume waste. That seems like a good outcome for 30 Days Wild to me. Iechyd da!

19.6.20 30 Days Wild #19 Gwallt y forwyn

Dwi wedi edmygu’r planhigyn yma ers yn grwtyn, ond dim ond nawr dwi’n cymryd y camau i ddarganfod ei henw. Mae hwnna’n warthus! Dyma Duegredyn Gwallt y Forwyn

Degredyn Gwallt y Forwyn / Asplenium trichomanes / Maidenhair spleenwort

I’ve admired this plant since I noticed it growing in an old stone wall when I was in primary school. Why is it only now that I’ve bothered to find out its name? That’s unforgivable! Having said that, there are a few humans that I like and I can’t remember their name when I meet them!

Pam y parch? Sawl rheswm. Yr un mwya amlwg yw harddwch y planhigyn hyd yn oed heb flodau. Mae patrwm y dail yn hollol hyfryd.

This little plant is evergreen – and can be appreciated throughout the seasons – even against a snowy background. It’s also found all over the world, so it’s obviously cracked the art of travel and survival.

But it’s during the summer months that the appreciation society becomes oversubscribed. Weeks, even months without water – in very arid conditions. Hardly any nutrients. Yet, it keeps going. Keeps clinging onto every precious dew droplet. Keeps clinging onto life.

Ym Mhrydain, ac felly yng Nghymru hefyd, mae’r planhigyn yn ffynu yn y gorllewin. Prawf unwaith eto o ‘West is best’.

18.6.20 30 Days Wild #18 Colour on grey

Yng nghanol diwrnod o law (a glaw trwm iawn hefyd!), daeth ychydig o liw i godi’r cymylau. 200 medr o’r tŷ, mae’r pysen bêr yn tyfu mewn casgliad sy’n ail-ymddangos yn flynyddol. Yn ddi-ffael, mae nhw’n torri trwy’r draen ac yn cynnig canfas o liwiau mewn campwaith o arddangosfa. Yn bersonol, mae’r olygfa ma’n codi mwy o bleser nag unrhyw cystadleuaeth tusw o flodau mewn pabell.

Some 200 metres from our house, this extraordinary sight repeats every year. Sweet peas fighting through the bramble to create a masterpiece in the roadway gallery. It doesn’t look like much in this photo. It’s been a wet day. A very, very wet day. But seriously, this display knocks the petals off any flower arrangement in a blustery marquee. What sort of sweet pea are they? How did they get there? I’ve no idea. I’m just glad they’re there.

17.6.20 30 Days Wild #17 Location, location, location

Mi fuodd canolfan arddio lleol ar gau am gwpwl o fisoedd yn dilyn y newidiadau diweddar. Mi roedd hyn yn gyfle i deulu bach robin goch penderfynu bo nhw am ymsefydlu mewn ‘quiet location in peaceful area with wonderful views of fauna for as far as the eye can see’.

This is a robin’s nest with chicks built during quieter lockdown times in a local garden centre.

In our street, we have some house sparrows that have taken advantage of a ventilator with opportune access.

What makes an animal choose where to live?

Pa wahaniaeth sydd wrth benderfyniad lleoli cartref rhwng ni ac anifeiliaid eraill?

How many animals will live in new territories during the coming decades?

Pam na allwn adeiladu tai sy’n croesawi anifeiliaid eraill?

Why can’t we share the same vision and ambition as other animals when it comes to choosing where to live?

This is not a test. I’m just curious!

16.6.20 30 Days Wild #16 Telor Penddu

Yn anffodus, bob blwyddyn yn ddi-ffael, mae trawiad aderyn yn erbyn un o ffenestri’r tŷ yn rhan o’r adroddiadau ar gyfer 30 Diwrnod Gwyllt. Nid yw eleni yn eithrad. Telor Penddu oedd y dioddefwr.

Diolch i’r drefn, awr o gysgod wrth y glaw o dan deilen rhiwbob, ac i ffwrdd ag e.

Recovery mode

It’s almost an inevitable part of 30 Days Wild that there is an account of a bird that flies into one of the windows of the house. June appears to be the worst month of year for this. 2020 is no exception and this year’s unfortunate victim was a beautiful blackcap.

Some sheltering under a rhubarb and he made it away. I hope his injuries aren’t too serious.

Gone!

15.6.20 30 Days Wild #15 Cumulus & Cirrus

Mae angen i bob 30 Diwrnod Gwyllt cynnwys rhywbeth gyda’r cymylau nag oes e? Dyna beth oedd heddi.

The bird feeder I made for the back garden has been christened “Caeser’s Palace” by Heini for some reason. Not sure why. Today was a hammock and look at the clouds day.

The start of the day was a cumulus type day.

Ac mi roedd aderyn du yn hapus i fwydo a derbyn fy mhresenoldeb.

With music piping in my ears and my eyes rocking the hammock, minutes became hours.

Mi ddaeth y lleuad i ymuno yn y myfyrdod.

Ac roedd popeth yn dawel yn y byd

Cumulus, alstrostratus and cirrus were my friends today. I hope they can come out and play tomorrow.

14.6.20 30 Days Wild #14 My surprise face

Nad yw’r eucalyptus yn ffefryn i rai pobl ym Mhrydain. “D’yn nhw ddim fod ‘ma”. “Mewnfudwyr estron”. Ond mae rhywbeth amdanyn nhw. Mae un ‘da ni yn yr ardd – ac mae rhaid cadw gofal arni a thorri’r brigau bob blwyddyn rhag ofn iddi fynd yn ormod o seis. Mae’r dail hefyd yn mynd yn galed ac yn cyrraedd pob cornel o’r ardd.

Mae’r lliwiau, y graen, a’r amrywiaeth yn arallfydol. Mae rhywbeth hypnotig wrth astudio’r manylion. Mae’n ffefryn i fi ta beth.

We inherited the custody of an eucalyptus tree when we bought this house.

I was pretending to work in the garden today when I heard this voice. “Oy, Ioan. Aren’t you going to say something?” I looked around just in case it was the acer talking to me. But no, it was the eucalyptus.

“What do you mean?”

“Aren’t you going to comment on what I’m wearing”

“Oh, I see. Yes. It’s . . . nice”

“You don’t think it’s too seasonal?”

“No, not at all. Suits you”

“You’re just saying that”

“No, I mean it. You’re beautiful”.

“Stop it. You’re making me shed my skin”

“Well, you’re very appealing”

SILENCE

“Have I upset you?”

“No, I just find it difficult to understand your Welsh accent. Do you want to see my angry face?”

“Ok”

“I also have a sad face”.

“That’s very sad”.

“Yes, it is”

“I performed in phantom you know?”

“Did you?”

“Yes”

“Do you have any more expressions”.

“I could show you my surprise face?”

“That would be nice”

“Oh, . . . .”

“What’s wrong?”

“I can’t do it. I’m not feeling surprised enough”

“Would it help if I surprised you first?”

“Yes, please”

PAUSE

“I love you”

13.6.20 30 Days Wild #13 Pleser y waun

My entry for #30DaysWild on 6.6.19 (still available to read!) referred to a local meadow. What a treasure it’s become. The irony is that it’s only in this condition because it has outline planning permission for a large housing development. The agricultural neglect (due to this change of use) has really made this place come alive.

Sharon came to me yesterday and asked if I’d been there lately. She’s also on a 30 Days Wild location watch-out!

The first thing to strike you about this place is the number of Burnet moths enjoying and flourishing in their own nursery.

I initially thought they were cinnabar moths – but that was my ignorance and one of my main revelations of the day.

The second one related to the actual identification of the type. And I thought of Bruce Langridge from the Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol Cymru. He also asked the question re: moth identification. So, is this the 5 spotted burnet? Or, the narrow-bordered 5 spotted burnet? The name didn’t matter today. It was just a pleasure to see so many of them (and their numerous pupae).

And then a few additional surprises.

? Gwibiwr / Large Skipper / Ochlodes sylvanus

And below, is this the same 5 spotted burnet – but with the rare yellow colouring?

The water droplets, the numerous grasshoppers, the spider dens were just stunning

And wandering in this diverse rich treasure of a land, I wish I had money to buy it. To keep it as it is. I also wished I lived in a country where the ruling government would govern the land and ensure that we had these parcels of national heritage in pockets at regular and close intervals across the country to fully ensure what our national identity and global contribution could truly be. Environment – education – identity – nature – nation – wealth.

I also thought of the joys of what was personally ‘discovered’ today – but also what remain personally uncovered. I wish I could walk this land with some heroes such as Trevor Roach or Andrew Stevens.

There were other multiple sighting such as

But perhaps, no not perhaps, definitely my greatest smile was reserved for this little beetle on a blade of grass disguising him/herself against my naive draw towards butterflies and moths. Trying to focus on the burnet behind, my camera was telling me ‘hang on you twat, what do you think you’re missing?’

Can you see it?

Diwrnod gwyllt i’w chofio.

12.6.20 30 Days Wild #12 Rhithiol o wyllt

Odyw e’n bosib i fod yn wyllt, neu i gyslltu da natur mewn ffordd rhithiol? Pwy oedd yn deall ystyr rhithiol cyn mis Mawrth? Beth yw ein perthynas da natur mewn oes digidol? Tan eleni, mi fydde’n rhwydd iawn i ateb y cwestiwn (o safbwynt personol). Sdim byd i faeddu profiad uniongyrchol a chorfforol. Ond mae 2020 yn wahanol. Yn cynnig drws i ddyfodol llawn newidiadau. Ac un o’r newidiadau hynny yw’r bont rhwng technoleg a natur. Odi hynny am y gorau? Ai’r dechnoleg sy’n cario’r ateb? Neu ni – y bobl?

Beth bynnag yw’r ateb, mae’r 2 yma wedi bod yn rhan o 30 Diwrnod Gwyllt eleni:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qgm3

https://www.dyfiospreyproject.com

So, simply put, can 30 Days Wild be digital in any way? Or does it have to be a physical connection? Prior to this year, my personal answer would be straightforward. Nothing can replace the physical activity. But 2020 is different. This year is opening a door to a future that will be different in so many ways. One of the fundamental changes will be the transformed bridge between technology and nature. Will it be better? Is it the technology that makes it better – or the people? Either way, Springwatch online and the excellent Dyfi Osprey project have been a part of my 30 Days Wild this year.

And to celebrate, here’s a totally unrelated picture of some lichen and oak:

11.6.20 30 Days Wild #11 Llygad llo mawr

Y llynedd, crewyd darn newydd gwyllt yn y lawnt ffrynt. Cyfle i blannu blodau mwy gwyllt a ‘naturiol’. Mi roedd y llygad llo mawr yn lwyddiant mawr ac wedi ffynnu. Wrth gwrs, cylch bywyd blodau gwyllt yw eu bod yn hadu’n annibynnol. Un o fesuroedd y llwyddiant oedd nifer y buchod coch cwta oedd i’w gweld fis Ebrill / Mai.

Mae rhaid bod y cylch bywyd wedi bod yn un llwyddiannus hefyd. Mae’r larfa/cynrhon yn brawf o hynny!

Larfa buwch goch gota / 7-Spot Ladybird larva / Coccinella septempunctata

Last year, we created a wild flower area in the front lawn. Wild and free! The ox eye daisies were an instant hit. They also created a wonderful nursery for the 7-spot ladybird (Coccinella septempunctata) who were there in multiple groups during April / May. The ensuing life cycle appears to be in motion with plenty of larvae spotted. Biodiversity of animal life requires a biodiverse habitat and the ox eye daisies are part of the diversity that have smashed it this year!