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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Have you heard the news? Zoo’s and Wildlife Parks will be able to open as of 2 days ago (15th June). This is wonderful news, it was beginning to get a bit scary with Zoo’s and Wildlife Parks preparing to euthanise animals and possibly close down. While this is a really harsh outlook we must remember that they do not receive any help from the government and most of the time rely on patronage to fund their existence.
Now we’ve all seen Tiger King, so we’re basically experts on how to run a Zoo at this point right? So you can’t tell me you’re not curious to go to a Zoo now and judge them on your newly realised standards?! C’mon, we all are!* Extra points if you turn up dressed as Joe Exotic or Carole Baskin!!
Howletts Wild Animal Park is the closest one to me and I was lucky enough to volunteer in the education department for a short time during my degree and I have seen first hand how hard each and every member of staff works and how much they care about the animals they look after. Whatever your views on Zoo’s and Wildlife Parks are I hope we can all agree that saving the animals is the most positive outcome.
See you soon!
*I am not recommending you go to a Zoo or Wildlife Park, but if you do please adhere to social distancing rules.
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!
I would love to see your progress so stay in touch!
This year for my birthday I decided to ask for something a little different, I asked for people to get me their favourite book.
Why? Because not only do I get to read cool books I may not have thought about before but also you get to know the person giving you the book a little better.
Maybe you didn’t know they like horror? Or maybe you were surprised that they like romcoms? It gives you a little insight to that person and helps you to get to know them better.
This was my book haul!
I got ‘The Glass Castle’ from my friend Lindsay, ‘The Railway Children’ from my friend Tilly and the rest from my friend Hannah who wanted to give me her favourites from several genres. I felt both spoilt and utterly blessed to have such lovely friends.
You like this idea? Here is a handy dandy graphic for you to use on any social media platform you wish.
The world is an odd place during a pandemic, everyone seems a little sadder and a little more fragile. It got me thinking, I realised that it’s not the big things I’ve been missing, it’s the small things. Smiling at people on the street. Telling random strangers that they look nice (I am a nightmare for this, if someone looks nice I HAVE to tell them). Hugging my friends. Lots of little things.
So I challenge you dear friends to find something small that you are grateful for, or something you are looking forward to doing each day, and record it in whatever fashion you like, even if it’s just in your head. For the next 30 days we are going to play ‘All the small things’. I’ve even set up a handy dandy sheet for you to fill in if you are so inclined, you can find that below.
Dear internet, it really doesn’t get any cuter than this!
Captain Tom Moore of Yorkshire, UK , is a World War 2 Veteran that decided to support the National Health Service during the Covid-19 pandemic by walking 100 laps of his garden. He is 99 years old (100 tomorrow, I have sent him a birthday card), has had both cancer and a broken hip, he walks with a frame and completed his challenge in 10 lap chunks.
The whole nation has got behind Captain Tom, he set up a just giving page, which you can find here, in order to raise £1000 for the National Health Service during this crisis. Captain Tom exceeded his target and the last time I checked it stood at over £25million!
Captain Tom is a true gentleman, he has old fashioned values and manners that the Queen will be proud of. Both Prince William and PM Boris Johnson have given him video messages thanking him for both his service in the war and also his fundraising for the NHS. There is a push from the British public to get him a knighthood and I back this all the way. Knight Captain Tom!
A lovely uplifting story in the midst of a lockdown, thank you Captain Tom!