Year of the Rat Fabrics!

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The Year of The Rat 2020 is continuing to be a good year for sales of the Paisley Rats fabrics. The design was created by Patrick Moriarty in 2015. He drew the whole design by hand on paper, scanned the artwork and then completed the design using Adobe Photoshop. He was inspired by the punk rock band The Stranglers who used a rat silhouette as their logo in the 1970’s. Their debut album was called « Rattus Norvegicus » (the common rat). At the age of 12 in 1977, this album was a big influence on Patrick Moriarty, not just the songs but the rat imagery on the album cover. Patrick was also inspired by his travels to India. He surrounded the rat sihouettes by an intricate paisley pattern. Paisley patterns originate in the Kashmir region of India. In this post Patrick provides information about his range of Paisley Rats fabrics.

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Global Tiger Day 2019 at Hamerton Zoo Park

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Hi everyone,

We’ve once again supported the Hamerton Zoo team for their conservation efforts of big cats for the Global Tiger Day 2019

First of we took photos of the Malayan tigers with one of our cat wrestlers. We turned this into an extra-large version to match the big cats! He loved carrying it around and dug his teeth and claws into it. 🙂

The white tigers got supersized version of our popular motive cushions which they thoroughly enjoyed as well. 🙂

Want to see more of the cats in action? Watch our video that we created with the Zoo last year!

Isn’t amazing to see how much the big and small wild cats are just as playful as our feline companions?

As it was quite a hot day… the Tigers had quite a bit of fun with the water as well. 😉 Do your…

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Welt Tiger Tag 2019 mit Hamerton Zoo Park

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Hallo zusammen,

Wir haben das Hamerton Zoo-Team erneut bei seinen Bemühungen um den Schutz von Großkatzen für den Global Tiger Day 2019 unterstützt.

Zuerst haben wir die malaysischen Tiger mit einem unserer Spielrolle fotografiert. Wir haben dafür extra eine SUPER große Version gemacht, um den großen Katzen gerecht zu werden! Der Tiger liebte es, da er es herumtragen konnte und schön seine Krallen und Zähne in das Spielzeug reinhauen konnte. 🙂

Die weißen Tiger bekamen eine überdimensionale Version unserer beliebten Motivkissen, die ihnen auch sehr gut gefiel wie man sehen kann. 🙂

Möchtet Ihr mehr von den Katzen in Aktion sehen? Seht Euch unser Video vom letzten Jahr an.

Ist es nicht erstaunlich zu sehen, wie sehr die großen und kleinen Wildkatzen genauso verspielt sind wie unsere Hauskatzen?

Da es ein ziemlich heißer Tag war…. hatten die Tiger auch eine Menge Spaß mit dem Wasser…

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Kingfisher with Minnow Sculpture

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Regular readers will be familiar with my photographs of the Bulmers Woodpecker sculpture captured in a variety of different weather situations.

Fifty years since creating this iconic Herefordshire artwork sculptor Walenty Pytel has graced our landscape with a new piece; Kingfisher with Minnow.Photo of kingfisher sculpture

It was commissioned by the Cider Museum and stands between the museum and Sainsburys’ fuel station.Photo of kingfisher sculpture

Walenty Pytel was born in Poland in 1941 and moved to the UK at the age of five. He studied graphic design at Hereford College of Arts and has become a renowned artist specialising in metal sculptures inspired by nature. You can see more of his work here.Photo of kingfisher sculpture

Bulmers commissioned The Woodpecker to celebrate their eponymous brand of cider, presumably the Kingfisher is a nod to the cider apple orchards that grow alongside the River Wye where kingfishers reside.Photo of kingfisher sculptureI have to say that it is easier to spot and…

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Tawny Owl

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At the end of last summer we became aware that there was a female tawny owl  Strix aluco, in the vicinity. We often heard her distinctive « keewik » call in the early hours of the morning. It is more of a shriek whereas the male tawny owls make the more familiar hooting of owl in winter trees

I thought it odd that a woodland owl should be hanging around suburbia, although we do have some mature trees in our garden the rest of the neighbourhood seem to enjoy taking chainsaws to theirs.  There is also a new housing estate being built behind us. We do live near to the Bulmers’ cider factory so perhaps that provided a plentiful supply of of tawny owl in tree

To my surprise one winter morning while taking flash photos of the bare tree branches (I was trying to get a spookily atmospheric photo) I noticed a large shape swoop into the tree…

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When Fashion And Food Collide – We Are What We Eat

Blank Instagram Post (6)One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, so why can’t so called « junk food » give us something that we can really chew on…like fashion? If you’ll notice, all of the things that are generally unhealthy to put inside your body – animal fats, fatty oils, cholesterol – are actually GREAT to put on the body. (Natural soap is nothing but animal fat, fatty oils make the best lotions and cholesterol is good for the hair.) Whether you should use these products or not isn’t the topic of today’s blog post.
My focus for this news update is when fashion and food collide. The same ornate culinary salesmanship that entices you to buy that sorbet pancake wrap or the whip cream pastry provides some beautiful templates for seasonal ensembles. From heartburn to eat your heart out – fast food can become quite elegant when used as a fashion inspiration. Sometimes…


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Squirrel Feeder

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I recently had some rare good fortune and won a squirrel feeder through one of @SoarMillSeeds regular competitions on Twitter. This is what I won: Wildlife World Squirrel Feeder. It arrived the next day, but I waited until the seemingly never ending gales did actually end before putting it up. It has one hole at the top, but I replaced one of the hinge screws with a longer one so that I could fix it to a tree with two screws. The squirrels seem to like playing on this tree and it was away from the bird feeders.squirrel feeder on tree

The squirrels ignored it for nearly a week. Gradually they started to approach it. I had put some loose peanuts on the top of it which they ate, but then ignored the squirrel food (also provided as part of my win) inside it.Squirrel on squirrel feeder

I had propped open the lid by placing…

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