Build a bug hotel

Published by Alix Marschani on 14th September 2019 at 1:26 pm | No Comments

I came across this notice in my local area. So someone has thought about making a wildlife friendly stack on the greenbelt. September is a good time for this activity because as the weather begins to turn autumnal, small creatures like hedgehogs, mice, bugs and bees will be looking for shelter and eventually hibernation. It […]

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Gardening with vegetables

Published by Alix Marschani on 8th September 2019 at 10:11 am | No Comments

This is the view that greeted me when I visited my local allotments. I wanted some ideas for growing vegetables at school and inspire me to get me started. Harvest time is clearly here. Everywhere I looked were fruit and vegetables begging to be picked. The plot I walked around had carrots peeping out of […]

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HEIDA: A shepherd at the edge of the world

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th September 2019 at 3:51 pm | No Comments

A reality read that threw me into the Icelandic life of Heida and her sheep. Revealed was the passion and pain of dealing with 500 sheep in a remote and isolated corner of Iceland. Living alsongside Katla the volcano who occasionally spewed ash and smoke to remind everyone of its notorious presence. The daily chores […]

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Plants boost wellness

Published by Alix Marschani on 7th September 2019 at 3:23 pm | No Comments

A GP practice in Manchester is prescribing plants to patients to help relieve some symptoms of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. The patients plant herbs and vegetables at home and bring these back to replant in the communal garden. Dr Philippa James of Cornbrook Medical Practice says: ‘There’s a lot of evidence now about how two […]

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Poems to mark the end of summer

Published by Alix Marschani on 31st August 2019 at 6:39 pm | No Comments

A lovely walk in the Hertfordshire countryside with a friend and their dog marked the end of August for me. These two poems came to mind. The first reminds me that our physical presence impacts upon nature as we develop our leisurely appreciation of it, while the latter jolts me into the sensory reality of […]

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Real-time learning with reindeer

Published by Alix Marschani on 18th May 2019 at 9:55 am | No Comments

Hello all, It is day 3 and and here I am in Lapland with my mum. I have a name -Brave Hart – given to me by my adopted school in England. They think I am so adorable. Look at the stripes on my head and back! The children think this makes me look strong […]

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The Spanish Donkey Sanctuary

Published by Alix Marschani on 21st April 2019 at 11:35 am | No Comments

El Refugio del Burito in the province of Malaga, Andulacia, is where you will find the only donkey sanctuary in Spain. It is an extraordinary example of progress in animal welfare, protection and education in a country clearly now moving fowards in this field. It is  jarring to a foreign visitor to learn that donkey’s […]

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