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Monday, April 30, 2007

I mean really

Baker Val Temple, who runs Sgt Bun Bakery in Weymouth, has been forced to rename her Pork Tarts, Robin Tarts and Paradise Tarts. Dorset Trading Standards say she must do this because they don't contain Pork, Robin's or in the case of Paradise Tarts don't come from paradise after they received a complaint.

The pork tarts have a picture of a pigs face on it but Ivan Hancock, the county's trading standards manager, said: "The fact is that piece of food needs to be properly described so that the consumer can tell what it is.

"There's nothing wrong with using other names but it must be accompanied by the true name of the food.

"Consumers have the right to know what is in food."

Mrs Temple denies being told this, "The way they came in and said the names had to be changed didn't give me the impression you could keep the names."

"I'm sure other places haven't been told they should list all the ingredients. It's ridiculous having a long list of ingredients - of course customers are not going to think I put robin and pork in a cake."

Excuse me whilst I bang my head against a wall at the stupidity of both officialdom and the general public.

Personal Chit Chat

I may have mentioned that Mum fell over 4 weeks or so back? Well for last week or so she has had pains in her neck. Of course the natural fear is that this is the spread of the cancer.

The GP thinks its ligaments - akin to whiplash. She has been back today and the GP still thinks it's this, but they are going to bring her appointment with her specialist forward.

Mum is obviously a "bit" nervous. As she says you think every thing is the big C but she thinks the GP is probably right since it does seem to be the ligaments that hurt. Excuse me though while I worry please.

It doesn't help that every where we look at the moment is bad news. Her neighbours Mother-in-law (who Mum knew) has just died of cancer and my cousin's 18 year old son is on a life support machine (he has leukaemia).

Still my friend Jan (the one in Cornwall) has just become a granny for the third time.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Me and My camera

Ok so instead of birding I went to Minsmere as a photographer (oh the shame - LOL).

I was disappointed with some of the photos but I think i got a few that were ok. I'm very new to this so I hope I'll learn from my mistakes.




















































Saw my first Med Gull and Whitethroat see above. Also first Hairy Dragonfly and Large Red Damselfly.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Fairly quiet day.

I had to visit the Britannia Building Society so I took the parents with me and we went to Sudbury and on to Clare Country Park.

I do like Clare Country Park. Warblers singing and butterflies everywhere! Blues, Brimstones, various whites, Orange Tip and Specked Wood. There seemed to be lots of Thrushes Song and Mistle and also a Grey Wag. The weather was stunning.

Friday, April 27, 2007

April temperature record

Apparently we are all set for the warmest April on record. Apparently the provisional average temperature is 11.1c a whacking 3.2c above average. Even in Wales the provisional temperature is 9.7c or 2.5 above average. Given that this weekend is meant to be a "ooh what a scorcher" the record looks likely.

Tim Sparks, from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, said

"It has not been the month of showers," he told BBC News. "If it is this dry in April, it does not bode well for the summer.

"Shallow root species will be especially vulnerable if we do have a dry summer."

Apparently though we are in a better position water wise than we wree last year. We had a lot of rain last winter and so ground water is at a hihg level than it has been for the previous two summers.

The increasing temperatures may cause problems for returning migrants. The early warm weather could mean that their food source (e.g. insects ) are about earlier and that young are not hatched in prime feeding time.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Fairwell to Boofy

As some of you may have guessed a friend died recently. I arrived back from Rutland to find that Boo had died suddenly.

To say it was a shock is an understatement. The curious thing is I never met Boo and yet her death has really shaken me up. Perhaps part of the reason maybe my Mother's illness but it is undoubtedly true that Boo was a lovely lady. I knew Boo through wildlife forums and the yahoo chat room. For most of past year a group of us has met up most evenings for a natter and a laugh. Whatever was wrong with her own life Boo had a smile in her voice and was always the life and soul of the "party".

Nic (and do read her tribute) has contacted her family and those of us who knew her are invited to the funeral. Her son also asked if she minded, if they put in her coffin a Hog toy that we bought for her at Barnes. Ye gods that one choked me up.

It was nice to read that the family have asked for donations to charities she would like e.g. RSPB, RSPCA, NCDL and asked Nic for any others. Fair to say the BHPS will get a mention. Anyone reading this who enjoyed her blog may care to donate.

A few of us hope to make our way Friday 4th May to say our adieu's and maybe walk in her copse.

I had planned to meet her when I was staying at Hay-On-Wye, we were meeting up on Sunday 13th May at Hampton Court Gardens near Leominster. I will still go to say my final farewell. Expect loads of photos and a very maudlin blog that day!

I am not a believer, but it is at times like these that my logical resolve starts to crack. It's hard to believe that a spirit so strong isn't up there looking down on us. She'll be puffing on a fag, revving up a chainsaw and saying OI DUCKEGG!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Charges

You can't pick up a paper these days without said paper complaining about bank charges or highlighting some "champion" who has got his/her charges refunded from the nasty bank.

Now correct me if I'm wrong but an authorised overdraft is money you've never had and given that many banks don't charge you it is in effect an interest free loan. So you can have an overdraft of £500, pay nothing, stick it in your ISA, and get 6% interest. Sounds good to me.

My bank doesn't charge me for any services and pays me 4% interest so i f I go overdrawn I expect to be hammered.

What annoys me with these "champions" is that they think they should be allowed to go over their approved overdraft and nothing should happen except a rap on the knuckles. Well I'm sorry but its your account MANAGE IT! If you go overdrawn then who is to blame? You are! Take some responsibility.

This is yet another instance of people who moan about the nanny state but as soon as they get hurt they run around nannies skirt. Pathetic.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Going through my mind

Why is it that today I have an image of a woman sitting on her cloud with a fag between her lips, with her brand new wings, revving up a nice new shiney chainsaw and chuckling?

If you don't understand what I'm on about its ok. If you do you'll understand.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Sunday

And so to home.

We stopped off First at Kirby Hall. Its a once great house fallen into ruin. English Heritage have restored a few rooms and the parterre garden. There were peacocks all over the place.
















The on Lyvden New Bield. This is not a ruin, the house was never completed as the builder Thomas Thresham was thrown into the tower as he was a Catholic. The gardens are of interest as they show the outline of the original Elizabethan plan.











And so to home stopping at the wheatsheaf at Perry for a pleasant Sunday lunch.

A very pleasant long weekend.