Tuesday, 28 February 2017

PANCAKE DAY 2017

Today I took the girls out for a Pancake treat in the village! Later we will be making our own pancakes but after our little walk this morning I thought extra pancakes was needed! I will be introducing savory pancakes as well. Making a chickpea and pepper ratatouille to add to the pancakes. Fingers crossed it will be a hit!




Friday, 24 February 2017

HOW DO BADGERS LIVE?

I feel very sorry for the Badgers. They have been on the hit list for too long now and so many conflicting reports are showing that no one is entirely sure that culling these poor creatures will stop the spread of TB. In fact more recent scientific reports show that cattle and badgers spread the disease to each other and across both species through bodily fluid on the ground. Culling will not stop cattle from passing it between each other. In fact this cattle to cattle transmission is far more devastating than the Badgers part in it all. Badgers do not choose to go near cattle and actively try to stay away from them. It is the shared space that becomes infected by both species.

With such negativity towards these creatures in the press I was really pleased to see that Kew Gardens in London have a fantastic human sized sett to help us learn more about the lives of Badgers.



The tunnels differed in size and shape as you explored the inside of the sett. Some tunnels were far to small for me but several children crawled through with ease. Occasionally we got a glimpse of a sweet wooden carved Badger hiding.



The Badgers dig their setts using long claws. It is amazing how they can dig and shovel the dirt out of the way with such speed. I could do with their nail strength. Mine snap and split just trying to peel a sticker off paper!


I wouldn't mind living in this sett with my family group, just like the Badgers do. It is rather cosy and reminds me of a hobbit house!


Thanks Kew for giving me the chance to be a Badger for a while!


STRANGE ROOSTING BEHAVIOUR IN CROWS!


Strange thing happening with the crows today. It was about 11:00am and all the crows that were feeding along the edge of the Thames started to call and came in to roost. I am no expert but I only thought they did this at night? The noise was something else! So many birds flew in and in no time the trees were full. It took about 10 minutes and then it all just stopped.

I noticed that they were being chased of the bank by ducks a little bit before this happened, so maybe they had decided enough was enough. I would be interested in finding out more about random calls to roost. So anyone with a knowledge of crows, please leave me a comment!

Thanks

CROCUS BEAUTY


Every year I swear I will plant more bulbs and every year I forget...... This is my reminder for this year! Do it woman!!
Such delicate and pretty flowers I really should not need a reason to get the bulbs in the ground.


CLIVEDEN MANOR, TAPLOW- POKEMON GO HUNTING!


These two love a good walk and a Pokemon hunt! So last Sunday we used our National Trust cards and popped to a local site. Cliveden is a beautiful spot on the hills between High Wycome and Slough. It has a wonderful mix of woodland and riverside walks. Trees to clime and interesting things to see. It also houses a lot of Pokemon Go stops and gyms! BONUS!!


This keeps us moving and something else to keep the children motivated.
Sunday was not too cold. Spring is getting close and I have been really enjoying a lot of walking and green space this week. Being in nature is really soul reviving. Finding little snippets of interest and life in the calm open space. We like to look for Mistletoe in the trees. Little bundles of life in a sleeping tree.




We climbed trees and embankments, slid down hills on our bottoms and skimmed stones in the river.



Signs of spring and new life were popping up in the leaf litter. Snowdrops flowering and Bluebells just starting to poke their green shoots up through the ground.


The view from the top of the hill was amazing although Kenzie was not overly impressed with the steps to the top. One day we will count them. Maybe on the walk down as we were short of breath on the way up!



Lots of Pokemon caught and Gyms taken down! Only half the site visited..... if that! We need to go again soon.


THE BIGGESTEST WORM I EVER DID SEE!


Wow!! This whopper is living in a planter in my garden. I decided to leave him and the plant where they were after finding him. I was amazed to be able to see all the parts of a worm so clearly.
The posterior end was flatter and more obvious and the Clitellum was much clearer than on smaller worms!
A superworm!
Great example to show the children who had mixed feelings about it, Some wanted to hold it while others were not so keen!


Friday, 17 February 2017

SNOW DROPS ARE RISING!


I am loving the first signs of spring. Popping up under trees in the leaf litter and appearing in little clusters in the grass.



The low sun in the sky is also great for arty photos!!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

THOMLEY HALL Batman pancakes and woodwork.




As always, a day at Thomley is always full of fun and learning. Today we had a woodwork session where the children made loads of hearts or Valentines gifts. I chose to make a car toy for my Nephew. I hope he likes it. It felt good to make him something with my own hands. I have made a few wooden teething toys for friends children and it always few nice to give something that I have spent time and love on.

Kenzie introduced our friend to some of the Thomley delights. Such as the Go-Karts. Chauffeur driven!


I found an adult sized Spacehopper! Great work out for the calf muscles. I think I need to buy myself one of these!



Little "M" practised her newly acquired bike riding skills!


We made Batman Pancakes in the kitchen. Using plain wraps and cutting them in to bat shapes. We then dipped them in egg and covered them in brown sugar. Once baked in the oven for a bit they caramalise a bit and taste yummy!!






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