Mini beasts, pirates and pancake suprise: life is never dull as Mum to three boys and a ballet dancing cat
One of our favourite family activities is feeding the ducks. Fresh air, wildfowl and plenty of space to run around – whats not to love? Ok, so it is a little scary when the swans are as big as you!
In the wild ducks are omnivores and forage for foods such as seeds and grain, fruit, berries and nuts, snails, grass and weeds, worms and insects, small fish and fish eggs. Feeding the ducks is really fun though and it is a great outdoor activity thats help children learn to care for and appreciate the world around them. So what can you feed the ducks?
This summer we spent a wonderful couple of weeks in Brittany, France. We stayed in a lovely little cottage in Hénanbihen, it was a really peaceful rural location with our nearest neighbour a good 5 minute walk away. There were bats and owls in the outhouses and even a set of badgers! The boys loved running and playing in the large garden. “Look what we’ve found Mummy” they called from the garden. I went and Will was holding a cricket he had caught, or was it a grasshopper? Either way, the field was full of them, they were hopping about everywhere!
Based on this information we decided that we had found grasshoppers. The boys had a great time catching and observing these fascinating little creatures.
This summer while in Monet’s Garden in France I suddenly became aware of a large black buzzy thing. When I say large I mean huge – it was about the size of my thumb! It was so big and bumbling it looked liked it was struggling to fly. I had no idea what it was but the way it flew and went from flower to flower seemed to suggest some sort of bee. It was entirely black and its wings were the most beautiful iridescent blueish-purple.
It was an amazing thing to observe, I felt so lucky to have spotted it in a quite corner of Monet’s Garden. A bit of research told me that it is a Violet Carpenter Bee – one of the largest bees in Europe and also native to Asia. In recent years they have been spotted in the UK too!
This weeks alphabet photo with PODcast is T for Tortoise. I love Tortoises and have two of my own – James and Daisy. I find them fascinating to watch.
This is Darwin, an Aldabran Tortoise, living at Blackpool Zoo and thought to be around 90 years old.
I love this photo of him munching a cauliflower in one huge bite! As you can see Darwin is pretty massive. Aldabran tortoises are the largest in the world and weigh up to 250kg.
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