Nature


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The Sun #MySundayPhoto 7

This week was of course the Eclipse, and the first day of spring. Typically that morning it was cloudy and this messed up the chances of getting a great photo of the eclipse.  I took the woofers on the fields and tried to photo the sun.


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Review of ToucanBox 4

This week Jen and I have been fiddling about with expertly crafting from a ToucanBox taster box. These are little craft or project kits that come with (almost) everything you’ll need to do a set activity. We got sent this taster kit, also known as the petite. There are 3 size options available, and on the grande and super you can request extra materials so siblings can share. I think this is a fab idea really. I am someone who struggles to choose craft or activity items in the shops. I sort of stare at the shelf hoping that one or two of the sets will just hop into my basket so I don’t have to choose. Sometimes this is made easier by price labels as I love the bargains.


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Spiders 3

There has been a lot of stories in the media recently about false widow spiders. Sadly I’ve found them at home. Last week I vacuumed in hard to reach places, behind furniture, in the gaps next to furniture, the vents of the windows and along ceiling coving. Since then I’ve been seeing more spiders. They are fast, and have white markings on black, almost shiny bodies.


Off On Our Hols 1

I am typing from the M5 – no one panic, I am not the driver! We are off camping for a fortnight, and when we go camping it’s more like “glamping”. We have our new Vango Airbeam With extension porch, and a “footprint” and carpets. This is not just a tent, it is bigger than our garden. We do not have a big garden, but still! Best bits are it has inflatable tubes instead of fiddly fibre glass rods. The main structure is up in minutes as it has a powerful pump. It takes longer to peg in the guide ropes than put the tent up. Last big camp we still had our Vango Sungari, which although it was a lovely tent for a family it was a nightmare to put put. It resulted in arguments every single time we set up camp. We decided last time that enough was […]


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Plant Some Trees 2

I’m sure you’ve all realised I’m a bit of a tree hugger, with a huge 11 trees in my small garden (and a Bonsai indoors) I can’t quite cram any more in. So I’d like to encourage, nag, inspire or motivate you lot, my lovely readers, to plant a tree or two. Native trees would of course be better, but anything is a start. We are running out of woodland, and as a girl that grew up climbing trees I find it hard to swallow that in the area I live my boys have no trees old enough or strong enough to climb. The local council do have some big trees, along the edges of roads but these are lopped every other year so they never grow decent branches, they’ll never get much bigger. Of course this is preferable to them being cut down at ground level, a lopped tree is […]


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Help our bees! 6

Hullo, If you don’t garden you might not realise, but common garden bees are vanishing. You might not know how important this is, and if you don’t then I whole heartedly suggest watching “Bee Movie” as although it’s a cartoon film it explains it perfectly. Without bees we are up the creek without a paddle. They aren’t all about honey, the main thing is pollination. Without them kindly moving pollen about very few flowers, vegetable plants or fruit trees would grow. Or they may grow leaves, but produce no flowers, no fruit, no seeds. Think about it, no seed to grind into flour, or wheat into pasta? What do we eat then? As bees are massively in decline in this country I thought I’d try to encourage readers to do something. You don’t need a real garden, if you have a lawn just bury spring flowering bulbs in the lawn. […]