Posts Tagged ‘nature’

A non-talking horse

Monday, August 13th, 2018 | Photos

As far as I know, this horse can’t talk. But it’s a nice picture, so I thought I would post it anyway.

In defence of gardening

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 | Health & Wellbeing

Gardening is not the most glamorous of topics. For many, it belongs in the same category as golf, filed under things you should only do when you retire, or at very least become a middle-aged adult.

But gardening has some great benefits.

It happens outside

You can garden inside, but you probably won’t want to. Apart from the soil that will end up on your carpet, there will not be enough daylight for your plants. Therefore it is a great motivation to get yourself outside and enjoying the fresh air.

You can watch things grow

It is satisfying to see plants spring to life out of nowhere. You can do the same thing with children of course, but that is massively time-consuming. Plants just require some sunlight and some water, and you’re done.

You can eat some of them

Week after week I could get a bag parsley from the supermarket and end up having to throw some away because I could not use all of it. Having a herb garden is much more cost effective.

You can do it anywhere

Any outside space will do. I started gardening on my fourth-floor balcony. You can have window baskets, flower pots, or even a pop-up greenhouse. No space is too small to grow something.

It’s low maintenance

You need to water your plants every few days if they are undercover. If not, you can often get away with doing literally nothing. You can go away on holiday without putting them into kennels, and you can away with just not bothering for a week if you are ill. Or you can spend time lavishing them with love, the choice is yours. Plants are resilient organisms and either will probably keep them alive.

Food For Free

Friday, June 26th, 2015 | Books, Food

Food For Free is a book by Richard Mabey on foraging. I got the pocket-sized edition which is great for travelling around with.

It contains descriptions of loads of different plants you will find it Britain and each one comes with an illustration and a photo. It describes what it looks like and what you can do with it. All good stuff.

On the negative side, it is very insistent that you use a real identification guide, which it claims this is not. I felt that distracted a lot from the purpose of the book. Why make it pocket-sized for example if you’re not taking it into the field?

It is also arranged alphabetically whereas I felt grouping similar plants together would be more useful. If I see a plant I want to be able to find that section and work out which one it is. That way also has difficulties – how do you find the section you want if you already know what it is, and how do you judge what is similar? However, on balance I think the trade off would have been worth it.

It does however address any concerns you might have that you could accidentally pick something poisonous by telling you it will probably be fine. I feel much better after that…

Food For Free

Flamingo Land

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 | Photos

Earlier this month myself and Elina went to Flamingo Land. I was quite impressed. We did not go on any of the rides; we just did the zoo. Even with that, it was still a full day of stuff to do, indeed we probably could have spent more time there if we wanted to see all the shows.

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Friday, June 6th, 2014 | Photos

When I went for my run last week I passed two families of baby ducklings. So I decided to go back the next day with my camera.

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I also saw what I think is a heron.

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Monday, April 21st, 2014 | Photos


I tried to capture the rainbow I could see from my balcony, to a certain degree of success.

Tropical World

Monday, January 6th, 2014 | Photos

On Saturday we went to Tropical World. It was our last chance to go before the close for a month for refurbishment. The fact that we had not been for a year before that was irrelevant. We had to get there in time!

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Hole of Horcum

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 | Photos

Apparently it’s just a big hole. Does have a good name though.

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Living Coasts

Saturday, June 1st, 2013 | Photos, Reviews

While in Torquay, we visited their costal zoo, Living Coasts. I had read some dubious reviews of it online, and some of the points were valid – they did have quite a few exhibits closed, above and beyond the otters that we knew would be missing when we entered. Kids might get a little bored too. But given the range of wildlife we got to see and the range of talks and feedings put on, I thought it was well worth the £11 we paid to get in and the pricing structure seems in proportion to what you would pay at Chester Zoo.

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Chester Zoo crops

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 | Photos

More photos from Chester Zoo, these ones have been cropped.

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