We all know that Shakira famously said that the hips don’t lie but it turns out there is another part of the body that doesn’t lie either. The feet!
Do you ever worry that when you are having a conversation with someone that they might not be interested? I can help with that! Look at their feet. If they are facing you then they are interested, but if they are facing away from you or in any other direction the chances are they are not interested in carrying on the conversation.
Obviously this doesn’t apply to every case but its a good indication of how things are going.
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.
Happy Monday! I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead of you.
This week I decided to make a worry doll, I had one when I was a child and I loved it. I told it all my worries and popped it under my pillow. You can buy generic ones from places like amazon or ebay but you can also make your own unique ones quite easily.
The great thing about these dolls is that they don’t have to be perfect, you can make them as messy as you like, it gives them more character. I chose not to give mine a face, but you can give yours one if you like.
A pipe cleaner
Wool (3 different colours)
Super glue (Optional, but I find it helpful
Start by cutting about a third of the pipe cleaner off (See picture below) and make the long bit into a circle (Look down for picture), twist a few times to make the head and arms.
Then for the legs you fold the remaining piece in half and thread through the head, twist below the arms to create legs (again, there are pictures down there). You may want to fold the ends of the pipe cleaners over to make little hands and feet, it also stops it from being sharp.
Once you have the outline of your doll you can start to wrap the wool around it, as shown in the picture above I started with the head. I wrapped it as you would a ball of wool and then moved on to the yellow jumper and eventually the blue trousers. When you’ve finished use a little bit of super glue to secure the end of the wool, you can tuck it in but it has a tendency to pop out.
This is a great activity to do with children, especially if they are worried in the current climate.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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!
One of the most important processes in writing a novel, novella or short story is knowing your characters. Make them real. You don’t have to give all the information to the readers but the more you know about them the more rounded they will become.
I find that one of the easiest ways to create a character is to interview them. Yes, I’m aware that sounds mental, but lets face it, you’re a writer so this is by far not the maddest thing you do! For me, asking them lots of questions gives me an insight into who they are but also stops me from making the characters too similar, or worse still, too boring.
My advice to you is to sit down with them (outside if you like, go mad, why not!) and get to know them in depth. It will make a difference to your writing, I’m sure.
Here is a rather handy questionnaire for you to use as you please.