Enchanted Living – Rainton Meadows


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Rainton Meadows is home to a local legend; Joe’s Pond.

Joe’s Pond

Joe’s pond is a flooded clay pit that was taken over from the coal board by a local man, Joe Wilson. Durham Wildlife Trust took over management of the reserve and it is now a site of special interest.

The pond is relatively deep and fringed with reed swamp and areas of herb rich fen. Ideal habitat for a wide range of invertebrates, from water scorpions to dragonfly.

Woodland and scrub surround the site., which adds to the bird interest seen year round on the pond itself.

A total of 140 species of bird have been recorded on and around Joe’s Pond.


30 Days Wild

As a family we have signed up to take part in the 30 days wild challenge to raise money for our local wildlife trust, as Rainton Meadows is just up the road. And well, we are a wild bunch and love to be outdoors.

If you would like to make a donation or sponsor us…

So far we have:

  • Done lots of walking, which is great for reducing our carbon footprint.
  • Ate outdoors more, this has been incredibly uplifting. Even with a traditional british bbq in the rain.
  • We have been camping.
  • We have certainly took more notice of local wildlife, including birds, tadpoles, butterflies, bees, worms and more.
  • Of course I had to bring my meditation and mindfulness outdoors, a great sense of grounding.
  • And we’ve had outdoor celebrations with the Jubilee and Weddings.
  • And we are only half way…
Joe's Pond

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Rainton Meadows

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Enchanted Living is the inspiration behind my Photography, art and creativity.


I am standing amid an aliveness, and that aliveness deserves my attention, my respect, my care …

The insects and birds and animals are singing themselves into being; this autumn land is dreaming and I am part of that dreaming.

Why is Photography Important?

I’ve read that children feel safe, welcome, seen and loved if there are images of themselves in the family home. I love this idea and think this is something every family needs to know.

You see stories, memories and keepsakes are important. Life is short. Our humanity is what makes us beautiful. The light will never look or be seen the same again and neither will we. We will never have this moment again.

So, let’s capture it!

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