Wonderful Wednesday – Wolffish Love Cuddles!

Wonderful Wednesday – Wolffish Love Cuddles!

Wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) is a funny looking fish, but they are awesome! They live in the Atlantic ocean where the water temperature ranges from −1 to 11 °C, they survive this by producing a natural antifreeze. Cool huh? The antifreeze enables them to keep their blood flowing, keeping them alive while they mill about on the ocean floor doing wolffishy things.

Another cool thing about these fish is the way they reproduce. Most fish do this by broadcasting their spawn which is when the lady fish expel a load of eggs and all the gentleman fish scrabble to fertilise them. But, the wolffish is way more romantic than that, they actually have their eggs fertilised internally, I’m unsure whether they snuggle post coitus or not, but I like to think they do. As with many other animals the incubation period is dependent on temperature so the females pregnancy can last between 4 – 9 months. When the little ones come along the Dad’s are awesome, they protect their offspring fiercely.

Wolffish – Credit to gettyimages

The coolest thing about these fish in my opinion is that they love to cuddle divers! How cute is that? They actively seek out divers and these crazy looking fish are so inquisitive they approach them and put their faces to the divers faces and wrap themselves around them.

I want to snuggle a wolffish!

Happy Wednesday!

Wonderful Wednesday – The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

Wonderful Wednesday – The Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

Hey there,

Have you ever heard of the rainbow eucalyptus tree? They were bought to my attention this week by 2 of my lovely friends.

The Rainbow Eucalyptus tree is actuall called Eucalyptus deglupta and are the only eucalyptus tree that is indigineous to the nothern hemespere. Standing at up to 250 feet, or 76 metres, these tall beauties can be found in the Phillippines, New Guinea and Indinesia. This is because the tropical rain forests get a lot of rain helping it to grow.

So why is it like a rainbow then? Well, I’m glad you asked dear reader, because it’s quite cool. The tree boasts colours such as red, orange, grey, blue and green which appear in vertical stripes because the tree sheds it bark very slowly, so the previous seasons bark is what reveals the different streaks. As the bark peels at different times the colours it relevels underneath will be different stages of the new bark growing. How cool is that?

I urge you to look these trees up, they are facinating, and if you ge tthe chance to see one in real life, do let me know!

See you soon!

xx

Making a Morse Code Bracelet

Making a Morse Code Bracelet

Hello Chickens!

I love secret codes and little meaningful things, so these bracelets really appeal to me. I initially bought one for my bestie, Alpha, but it irritated my skin and I had to take it off. She’s cleverer than me and only wears it occasionally so it doesn’t have the same effect. I like not taking bracelets off in-case I loose them!

So, I decided to make my own one, that wont irritate my skin. I started off by finding the letters I wanted in morse code and made a note of them.

Dot’s and Dashes!

I chose BFF as that’s what my previous bracelet said and it would still match Alpha’s one. Then I gathered my supplies, seed beads, scissors and thread.

Simple supplies

I used 2 beads to represent the dashes and 1 bead to represent the dots. The dashes were yellow beads in this case and the dots were pink. I cut the thread to length and then tied a small knot about a third of the way along the string to keep the beads where I wanted them. Then I threaded the beads on and tied another knot at the other end so there was a knot each side to keep it in place. Then tied it to my wrist.

Ta-Da!!

I was super pleased with the finished product, it’s really cute, and goes with my other morse code bracelet from Ambear too.

It’s really easy, fine for most ages (as long as they don’t eat the beads!) and doesn’t take too long.

What would you spell out on a morse code bracelet? You never know, I might send you one!

Happy Monday All!

xx

To Bee or not to Bee?

To Bee or not to Bee?

Happy Monday All!

Sorry about the little absence, my health was a bit dodgy, but I’m back now, so yay!

I spend a lot of time in my garden and I am lucky enough to have a lovely man (Flip) who makes it pretty for me. Thank you Flip! I often see lots of bees buzzing around the bushes such as the lavender, the buddleia and these cool bushes that I have no idea what they are. I really should look them up, remind me later people!

I took some photos and popped a picture of the honey bee I found on instagram (@jerra_writes also @chickenbeeblog), but then this really cool guy @richarddowlingwildlife informed me that it was actually a hoverfly.

Being curious of nature I asked him how to tell the difference and he said the easiest way to do this is to look at their eyes. Hoverflies have eyes on the top of their head (See picture below) and honey bees have eyes on the side of their heads (See picture below the other one).

A hoverfly in my garden
Honey bees having a conversation, probably about the weather if they’re British!

Can you see the difference? To me hoverflies look a little cross-eyed and confused!

I needed to know why they look so similar so I took a closer look and this is what I discovered. Hoverflies are copycats! They do something called Batesian mimicry which is where one animal, usually a harmless one, in this case the hoverfly who doesn’t have a stinger, mimics another one better equip to deal with predators. The pattern they adopted leads potential predators to believe they are bees who will sting them and taste revolting so they leave them alone. Pretty genius!

There are around 250 species of hoverfly in the UK, some of them mimic wasps, or bumblebees or even small slugs (What?). The hoverfly I met was a drone-fly, as they mimic honey bees.

I love bees, I have dreams of being an apiarist one day. I still welcome hoverflies into my garden, but I may point at them from time to time and scream ‘imposter’ but that’s my prerogative, being my garden and all.

Do you get bees or hoverflies in your garden?

See you soon!

The Really Sporadic Book Club Reviews – The Supervillain and Me (Danielle Banas)

The Really Sporadic Book Club Reviews – The Supervillain and Me (Danielle Banas)

Hi Everyone,

I’m super excited to be reviewing this book for you today. I have no connection with the author, I simply chose this book because it sounded fun. All views are my own and I receive no compensation for my review.

I love the cover, it’s really fun!

I stumbled across this book on Amazon while looking for something to read, I had never heard of the author (Danielle Banas) before, finding it was her debut novel made me want to try it out. I love reading debut novels because I always feel like I’m on the precipice of something special. The cover immediately caught my eye, I’m going through a superhero stage at the moment but I have a real soft spot for supervillains too. It is a young adult, science fiction book full of humour and romance.

The storyline follows Abigail Hamilton, teenager and drama fanatic on a journey of self discovery as she and her ‘supers’ battle against an evil threatening the town of Morriston. It’s not particularly fast paced but it has action throughout which I enjoyed, along with a bit of teenage angst! I found that I became rather attached to the characters, I wanted Abigail and her supervillain to have a happy ending, I was rooting for them throughout, I even found myself getting attached to Fish boy!

There are a few things that I felt could have been improved, but as previously stated this is only my humble opinion. I have a thing about book covers, I’ve always been the same, I wont buy a book with a movie cover and I expect the picture to tie in with the story (if there is a picture as opposed to a pattern on the cover). I love the cover of this book, I love that you can’t see their faces, it adds to the mystery of the secret identity, very clever. However, in the picture there is someone in a green suit but in the story there is no such character with that colour. Minor detail though overall.

I found the ending slightly frustrating, everything was tied up which was fantastic, kudos for that, but it felt a little rushed. I don’t want to give anything away but I felt that the fathers final part came out of nowhere and felt a little bit like it was just convenient to have this occur. But, that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying the book.

I loved that the language used was reminiscent of high school but without being too cliché, it made me remember what it was like to be 16 and having the school play as my main focus in life. The characters were well developed, even the minor side characters were well thought out and described (Mrs Miller I’m looking at you) and those we saw slightly more of but were still not the focus were relevant to the plot rather than just randomly put in there for effect (Shout out to super fangirl Sarah!).

I laughed in places and I felt a lump in my throat in others, I loved that the character interaction was sarcastic and bashful, as every teenager should be. The plot was very good, I enjoyed the twist at the end, I wont tell you what it is, you will have to read it and find out for yourselves!

Overall I am super happy to have discovered Danielle Banas and have pre-ordered her second book and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves superhero’s/villains, someone looking for a simple read or someone buying it as a gift. Books make great gifts as it allows the recipient to discover a new author or genre they may not have previously tried. The book is available at all leading book stores or you can purchase it from Amazon here.

If you liked this you will enjoy:

Angus, thongs and full frontal snogging – Louise Rennison

Harry Potter (All of them!) – J.k. Rowling

It has inspired me to read:

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Happy Reading!

xx