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4 Things You Can Do To Help Protect the Planet’s Biodiversity

Did you know that May 22nd is the International Day for Biological Diversity, and that according to the United Nations 2011-2020 is the Decade on Biodiversity? Until a short while ago, I certainly didn’t!

Inspired by this newly stumbled upon information, I’ve done a bit of research and come up with several actions that we as concerned individuals can take to help protect this amazing planet’s diversity and abundance of life. There are of course many other positive habits that we can adopt as well, so if you feel inspired to do more after reading this post, then please do act! And, as ever, please feel free to share your ideas in the comments below. 

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A Fundraiser in Support of The Woodland Trust for My 29th Birthday

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Hello, everyone. Megan here, sharing something a little bit different with you all today on account of a certain other day coming up.

You see, Thursday, May 23rd will be my 29th birthday. Around this time last year I decided to do a small fundraiser for a favorite charity of mine, The Woodland Trust, which I have been a supporter of since 2016. With your generous help, I was able to raise £75 for this great cause. This year, I’m hoping to match that amount – or perhaps even surpass it.

The Woodland Trust really does vitally important work, in my humble opinion. Created in 1972, it is now the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, helping to restore ancient woodlands and create lots of new native woodlands too. If you would like to know more about what they do, please check them out via the link provided.

If you can donate a small amount to this cause, it will be immensely appreciated. And if you can’t or don’t wish to donate but would be happy to share a link to my JustGiving page with others, your kindness would also be greatly appreciated.

In advance, many thanks!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ May 20, 2019

It’s Monday – and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s time for the latest installment of Monday Mindfulness.

Today’s thought for the moment comes to us from Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, logician, and Nobel Laureate of Literature. 

Thank you so much for stopping by once again, folks. Wishing you all a happy, healthy week ahead, hopefully filled with mental clarity!

Bertrand Russell - Wiser People So Full of Doubts

Montenegro: 7 Great Big Reasons to Visit This Little Gem

7 Reasons to Visit Montenegro

Zdravo, fellow wanderers!

Those of you who’ve been following my meanderings on Instagram will know that I’ve just spent 18 days adventuring in Montenegro, hence the scarcity of posts these past few weeks. It’s funny I didn’t manage to create and post much over the course of that time, seeing as I was based out of a co-working space for much of it! For me though, immersion in a place I’m visiting is always key; it’s important to be mindful not just when at home, but when traveling too!

Anyway, without further ado, here are 7 reasons that I feel you should consider visiting Montenegro – a small country with a whole lot to offer! Read More

Monday Mindfulness ~ May 6, 2019

Hello, fellow wanderers in the Cathedral Grove.

Firstly, my sincere apologies for the lack of posts over the past few weeks! My partner and I are currently about half way through our first trip to the Balkans. We’re having a wonderful time of it, but it does mean of course that I’ve been a bit distracted and not very good at keeping my site up-to-date! Thank you all very much for your patience, and I can assure you that I’m taking lots of notes and tons of photographs and as such there will be loads of fresh updates coming soon!

Anyway, as I am writing to you all from Montenegro this very moment, I thought I’d feature an apt quote I stumbled upon earlier from 19th century Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, poet, and author of several works including The Mountain Wreath, Petar II Petrović Njegoš. Behind it, you’ll see a lovely photograph of Montenegro’s Lake Skadar – not mine though, as I’ve not yet made it there but hope to later this week!

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Monday Mindfulness ~ April 22, 2019

Hello again, all. I hope this Monday Mindfulness post finds you well. 

With yesterday having been John Muir’s birthday and today being Earth Day, this quote in particular spoke to me and seemed worthy of sharing with you all on this fine day. 

So here we have it, a lovely quote from Scottish-American naturalist and writer John Muir, whose book My First Summer in the Sierra you should really read

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Cathedral Grove Reaches 100+ Followers!

…and to celebrate, I’m giving away free e-hugs to all! 

I know it’s no free all-expenses paid trip around-the-world (…we’ll have to save that giveaway for 100,000 follows, I think…), but free hugs are also pretty great and they won’t give you jet lag so that’s nice too, I suppose.

Anyway, thank you SO much to one and all for helping me reach this meaningful milestone. 100 followers may not seem a lot to some, but it means a great deal to me. Thank you all once again for reading, liking, commenting, and sharing as you have so often done over this past year and a bit. 

And so…

*hug*

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*hug intensifies*

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 15, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you all once again!

Hopefully, if you’ve been off this weekend you’ve had a restful time of it, and if you’ve been at work I hope that very soon you get a nice bit of time to yourself or with loved ones to unwind and recover.

This week’s thought of the moment to start our week off comes from Zen Master and founder of the Engaged Buddhism movement, Thich Nhat Hanh. As someone who all too often slips only semi-consciously into worrying over the past and the future, I feel that this quote offers an especially important reminder. 

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Photo by Autumn Goodman via Unsplash.

Nature News: A Win for Re-wilding, the ‘Attenborough Effect’ in Action, and a Push Against Plastic Pollution

Between this whole unfortunate Brexit business, Trump doing whatever it is that he is doing, and a gaggle of Instagram ‘influencers’ trampling the California #superbloom…well, there will always be some not-so-nice news out there in the world, won’t there? But, fear not, because there are also really positive things happening in the world too!

It’s been a little while since the last installment, but here now are three more news stories highlighting positive developments for nature and out planet as a whole.

Read on for more. Links to sources are provided below, and all images featured here are via excellent free stock photography sites Pexels and Unsplash.

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Photo by Gustavo Quepón via Unsplash.

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Cathedral Grove is 1 Year Old Today!

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Hello and huge thanks, everyone! Because of all you lovely people out there kindly following my little seedling of a site, Cathedral Grove has put down strong roots and branched out in all sorts of ways that really please me. 

One year ago today, I published my first post – Hello, and Welcome! – here on Cathedral Grove. Since then, I’ve shared over 70 posts on topics near and dear to my heart, primarily focusing on travel + adventure, nature/environment, and wellbeing.

Thank you so much for joining me on this journey. I’ve certainly enjoyed working on this little creative project of mine, and I hope that you’ve taken something positive away from it as well.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet, but there will of course be more to come soon, so please stay tuned! 

In the meantime, many thanks once again to one and all! 

 

 

 

Monday Mindfulness ~ April 8, 2019

Hello, and happy Monday Mindfulness to you!

This week, I’m really liking these two quotes in particular that just so happen to be from the same person, self-help author and speaker Karen Salmansohn. Sometimes bad things happen to us or to others around us, and it can be hard not to get a bit down over it all. I believe it is so important, however, that when these things happen we do our best to remember that there is still so much good in the world. Indeed, there is so much goodness in us – and with that goodness we can help ensure that others remember these vital truths too. 

I know that at times it can be difficult but let’s all try to be relentlessly kind, to ourselves as well as others. Read More

All About That Base: Betws-y-Coed, the Gateway to Snowdonia National Park

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After a very relaxed, restful week in England’s lovely Malvern Hills, Nick and I have returned to Wales for another few days, although this time to the fringes of Snowdonia NP.

What’s been on the ol’ adventure agenda for Wales, Part 2? Well, for Nick it’s been a training course in paddlesport journey leadership, while for me it’s been woodland wanders, waterfall ogling, and…the UK’s only alpine coaster?! Yes indeed!

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