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!

Something To Think About – The Infinity Symbol

Something To Think About – The Infinity Symbol

So here’s something to think about, there is actually a name for the infinity symbol.

Infinity Symbol

This symbol is called a ‘lemniscate’. Pretty cool huh?

There you go, something to think about!

Stay safe!

xx

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

Something To Think About – Back When Tigers Used To Smoke!

Something To Think About – Back When Tigers Used To Smoke!

We’ve all heard a story or two that starts off with ‘Once Upon A Time…..’, some of my favourite stories start this way, for example ‘The Little Mermaid’ by Hans Christian Anderson. If you’re used to the Disney version this one is a bit more brutal, personally I love both but for very different reasons. Anyway, I digress.

Smoking tiger?

It turns out in Korea they don’t say once upon a time, they say ‘Back When Tigers Used To Smoke’! Can you imagine starting the little mermaid like that? Or Cinderella? It makes me laugh so much, I love it!

I have so many questions. Why was the tiger smoking? Was he smoking a cigarette or smoking like he was on fire? Where did he learn to smoke? Could all tigers smoke back then? Where did they get their cigarettes from? Was it cigarettes or was it a pipe or maybe a cigar? See? Questions!!

I am leaving you probably with more questions than you started with because its good to have something to think about!

Stay curious!

The 30 Days Wild Challenge

The 30 Days Wild Challenge

Hey guys,

So today should be about journal prompts but I’ve decided to go with the 30 Day Challenge by Kent Wildlife Trust. It’s something I do every year and get a lot out of it so I thought you might like to join me?

It’s as simple as it sounds, you do something to benefit or increase your knowledge/enjoyment of your local wildlife every day for 30 days.

This could be something like feeding the birds, which is how I’ve kicked my challenge off, or learning to spot 5 new species of wildlife (including insects, let’s be all inclusive people!), going for a walk in the woods, feeding the ducks or planting some new flowers. As long as it’s about nature and wildlife you can do anything!

Bird feeders looking pretty darn full!

I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!

Enjoy!

Something to think about – Green Blood!

Something to think about – Green Blood!

Did you know there is a medical condition called Sulfhemoglobinemia that turns your blood green? I know!! It sounds like something from a good scifi book but its not, it’s an actual condition!

Generic Blood Samples

Can you imagine having your blood taken and the vial filling up with green blood? It would be both cool and scary! It’s actually a problem with hydrogen sulfide being absorbed into the gut causing issues with circulation and a blueish tinge to the skin, especially the lips (cyanosis). At least, this is what it is thought to be, there is no firm diagnosis as to why this occurs. But you will be pleased to know its incredibly rare.

So if you do happen to bleed green the chances are you are not an alien, you are just a little poorly and go and get yourself checked out……….then contact me, because I want to see it! Haha!

Take care!

xx

Journaling – Love or Loathe?

Journaling – Love or Loathe?

Hi Guys,

Journaling is a little bit like marmite, people either seem to love it or to hate it. I have a mixed relationship with journaling, I love it but I don’t do it very often. I’m easily distracted, like a dog when they see a squirrel or a magpie when they see something shiny. I’m full of good ideas though, and one of those ideas was to provide you with journal prompts that you can start on the first of every month, kind of like a journal-along-thing. Even if you loathe it, maybe try giving it a go and see if your opinions change, if they don’t then so be it, accept it and move on, no judgement here.

Journaling isn’t always about writing, for me being a word lover I love to write loads when I get going but I also like to doodle. I have seen some fantastic examples of both written and artistic journals on both Instagram and Pinterest. There is room for everyone here, no judgement is made for poor handwriting, spelling or crud doodling (looking at myself here). Just give it a go, what have you got to loose?

You don’t have to have a specific notebook for journaling, any one is fine (unless you need an excuse to buy a new journal, in which case, cool, I’ve got your back, go get that shiny new piece of stationery!). Personally I change my opinion depending on what mood I’m in, I have lined, dotted and plain journals. I’ve even written in some of them!!

Journal inspiration –

Doodle and Word Journal
Writing Journal

These prompts are designed so that you can use them to write about or also as a doodle challenge if you prefer. Or even as a mixed media journal, that would be fun! A friend of mine is awesome at junk journaling (Shout out to Ambear), I cant get the hang of it myself.

There is a lady on Instagram, you can find her here, and she creates the most beautiful journal pages, here are a couple of examples for you –

Stunning right? They don’t have to be aesthetically pleasing, its your journal, if you want to scribble on the pages and write ‘poo’ over and over that’s your choice, this is about YOU. Self-care and all that jazz!

To show you that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be fun I have chosen to handwrite these prompts. Have fun with them people!

Journal Prompts for May

Let me see what you create, find me on Instagram (@chickenbeeblog) and tag me or use the hashtag #CBJournalalong.

TTFN folks! Take care!

xx

Source: https://www.instagram.com/pepperandtwine/

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Something to think about – Are you a mer-person?

Hey Guys,

Have you ever noticed on yourself or someone else there is sometimes a little hole in the top of the ear that looks almost like a pin prick? It turns out that 0.9% of people in England have this where as only 0.1% of people in America have this.

Tiny ear hole at the top of the ear
My Ear

I have it, its called Preauricular Sinus or Pit which is usually harmless (in some people it may need to be looked at as it can lead to infections, but the pit has to be reasonably sized in order to do this – I’m not medically trained so do not take my word for it!). The picture above is my left ear, the pit is super tiny, it got smaller as I got older, but I’ve always wondered what it was?

An evolutionary scientist dude called Neil Shubin thinks it’s a remnant of a time when we had gills. Yep. Gills. And although this theory is not scientifically tested I have decided to agree with him because that would make me A MERMAID!! I have a freakin left over gill. Mermaid.

How many other mer-people are out there? Give me a shout my fellow fish!

Anyway, it’s something to think about huh?!

Take care,

xx

Sources: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/why-do-some-people-have-a-tiny-extra-hole-in-their-ear/ https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/327106#what-is-it

Something To Think About – All those kids?!

Something To Think About – All those kids?!

Hey guys,

I love the Guinness World Records, and I swear that some day I will be in there! I used to get them for birthdays or Christmas, I’ve always been a lover of facts, the stranger the better and today’s thing to think about is no different.

According to the Guinness World Records the most children born to one woman as 69. Yep, you read that right 69! Her name was Mrs Vassilyeva and she lived in Shyua, Russia from 1707 – 1782 and in 27 separate births she had 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets making her offspring amount to 69. Woah! Just let that set for a minute. 69. 69 children.

I’ve done what I think you will agree is a very realistic representation of Mrs V and her 69 children, you know, just so you get a further idea of the sheer volume of children here! What’s the pronoun for this? A herd? A fleet? A shoal? or is it really boring, like, a crowd? I’m choosing fleet. A fleet of children!

Mrs V and her fleet of children

It’s mind blowing really, but also super cool at the same time, anyway, its something to think about…….

xx

Source: https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-prolific-mother-ever