We were only supposed to be walking past the pub. We ended up leaving with a baby crow in a box. This was the second time in two years we’d taken on a corvid rescue from the same spot in a densely populated urban setting. (See here for the story of Mortimer, this junior crow’s older sibling.) This story is ongoing - and I’m not yet convinced that it’s going to have a happy ending.Read More
In these last sunny days of autumn on the south coast of England, I’m staring at plants still laden with tomatoes as well as shelves full of picked tomatoes, and my freezer is already heaving with homemade tomato soup and tomato & basil pasta sauce (enough to see me through any winter / brexit / zombie apocalypse that may be upon us). And I can’t stand waste. So it’s time to get a big pot of water on to boil for operation ‘blanch, peel and freeze’ - which is a lot less faff than it sounds to be honest, because you don’t actually ‘peel’ these fruits, you just help the skin slide off. It’s is a great way to preserve and store tomatoes for up to a year, to use in any recipe where you would normally use canned tomatoes or fresh ripe ones - curries, chillies, casseroles, ratatouille etc.Read More
Five years ago, we were standing outside in my back garden hoping to see the fly-past of the International Space Station (ISS) - it did appear, and so did a very unexpected bat.
'Our' bat has appeared at dusk every year now during the spring and summer months, looping and figure-of-eighting around the trees that grow in the back gardens of my road, from dusk till dawn. In fact there are 'bat corridors' between the backs of houses and trees. But there are challenges ahead for these beautiful, tiny animals.Read More