Cloud Watching

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The UK has just been battered by the eleventh named storm since November 2015. Storm Katie caused travel disruption and uprooted trees in the south of England.

Once the rain had stopped and the winds died down, I went to admire the clouds in the sky. Time watching clouds is never time wasted in my opinion, though others may disagree with me! I also love how the silver birches turn fiery against the setting sun.

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Hydrotherapy for hedgehogs

Little Silver Hedgehog

Here is Honey – a wild European hedgehog in my rescue centre – having hydrotherapy.

When Honey arrived with me two weeks ago she would not eat and could hardly walk. She was pulling herself along with her front legs with her nose touching the ground.

The x-rays show nothing obviously wrong but it looks as if the muscles in her front legs could be weak. She walks with an odd gait with her front legs. She is receiving hydrotherapy to help build up the muscle strength.

She swims in a bath of warm water. She can just touch the bottom of the bath, which helps to stop her getting too stressed. She is only in the bath for a brief period as she is weak and can quickly tire with the exercise. She has already improved with her walking after only 5 hydrotherapy sessions.

Hedgehogs are actually great swimmers…

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Happy Easter 2016

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I wish my readers, whatever their religion (or lack of one) a very happy and peaceful Easter time; fùhuójié kuàilè, Vroliik Pasen, Joyeuses Paques, Frohe Ostern, śubh īsṭar, fukkatsu-sai omedetō gozaimasu, Xristos voskres, Glad Påsk, Geseënde Paasfees and Pasg Hapus.Photo of chocolate Easter bunnies

Why bunnies (or hares) at Easter? I suspect it is because of their association with fertilitity and their abundance at this time of the year when life is springing forth all around us. Presumably the roots are Pagan (although there seems to be very little evidence for the popularly peddled reason – the existence of a goddess called Eostre with a hare consort). However, I did read somewhere that people thought rabbits could reproduce spontaneously without intercourse and so became associated with the Virgin Mary.

Personally I don’t mind what shape my chocolate comes in!

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