Christian would love this...
Drizzle shouldn't dampen the spirits. But it often does when you look out the window and contemplate a walk - can I be bothered to get wet? No such thought process is allowed when you have a dog. You have to go out... in all weathers. Which is a good thing, because (and I repeatedly convince myself of this) what you need in miserable weather is a walk out IN it.
Dress right and off you go.
We walked in our local Forestry Commission woodland yesterday, with Duffy (our 9-year old black Labrador); a walk we do several times a week. I wanted to do things differently though, so I stopped every few metres (much to the initial annoyance of my husband) and really looked at Nature up close and personal. It's surprising what you can find when you focus on the individual plant, the log in the nature-friendly pile, the ant in the nest, the wasp gall bulging from an oak branch*... (the photos aren't great, but you'll get the gist of what I was trying to do.)
When I talk about connecting to Nature, there is one surefire way of cementing anyone's interest and that's to think micro. Don't think of the great outdoors on a grand scale, but train your focus on to an individual element: a particular animal or plant, a particular colour (yellow stood out to me), a particular smell, the sounds around you, the textures/shapes you can see... you get the idea. Notice the small stuff (even if that means horse poo - kids love anything poo!)
* Thanks to @JP_Woodlife, @SteveCooke and @paulclammer on Twitter for identifying the oak apple/wasp gall for me - I'm no naturalist, so need help with identification. Somehow connecting to Nature on the basic level just requires you to notice, rather than to label... although in time, deeper knowledge does deepen the connection.
Nurtured by Nature: Connect / Explore / Flourish / Disperse.