With all the stresses of the past few weeks, we decided to take advantage of our RSPB membership and go for a walk around the local nature reserve. The Lodge reserve covers 180 hectares and has 5 miles of walks, more than enough to tire out small children!
I love the countryside and being outdoors in general, I always have, so I was really looking forward to our grassland ecology survey trip to Devil's Dyke in Cambridgeshire. Now, I understand that looking at plant species isn't every zoologist's dream, but I happen to quite like plants! Devil's Dyke is an Anglo-Saxon earthwork consisting … Continue reading A Field Trip to the Countryside
Mondays are mine. I drop the boys at school, go to the gym, take the dogs out for a long walk and then sit down to get some studying done in peace and quiet before I have to go and collect the boys again. Only today things didn't quite go to plan. The youngest has … Continue reading When Things Don’t Go To Plan
What do normal people do when they wake up at 5:30am on a Sunday? That's right, they go back to bed. What did I do? Went to the common, checked on the toads and did a spot of bird watching. The weather wasn't too bad this morning, it was a little overcast and windy, but … Continue reading Only crazy people get up this early!
When we moved into our house, there was what appeared to be an oddly placed flowerbed surrounded by overgrown paving slabs and filled with potato plants. On further investigation we discovered that there was in fact an old pond liner there. At the time, our youngest son was only just 4 years old. He was, … Continue reading Project Pond
I think it's fairly clear that I've been under quite a lot of stress lately, and this is unlikely to change until I've finished my end of year exams in May/June. The plan to spend today running around like a headless chicken and getting some hardcore studying done completely flew out the window when I … Continue reading Spring has sprung!