Tuesday, 3 May 2016

No Animal Tales This Week


I am sorry if you have arrived here looking for Animal Tales but I am afraid I have had to go to a funeral today.  The next linky will be Tuesday 12th May.

In the meantime here's a cute picture of the piglets eating cherry blossom from a fallen branch.



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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in May

What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sale outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:
  • It will have the best and freshest taste.
  • It will have a higher nutritional value.
  • It is good for the environment as it will have low food low miles and less energy will have been used than glass-grown plants to produce it.
  • As a result it will be cheaper.
  • Finally, as a consumer, you will get seasonal variety and the excitement of the first taste of a just in-season food is hard to beat.  A strawberry in winter may look appetising but it has minimal taste compared to a summer one.


Friday, 29 April 2016

Weekly Green Tips #6 - How to Raise a Green Baby

Week 6 - Green Babies


To be truly green it is said that you should have no children and there are those termed GINK - Green Inclined, No Kids - who chose to remain child-free for just this reason.  But in reality, for most people this isn't going to happen so as the next best step is for parents to look at how to reduce the impact their children have on the planet, starting from when baby first arrives.  Hopefully parents will also help teach their children to be good green citizens and do more to protect the earth as through their children they have a vested interest to do so.  Here are 7 tips to help you raise a green and sustainable baby.


1. Use cloth nappies

In Britain alone, 8 million nappies are thrown away EVERY day and this is not sustainable, especially when you realise that nappies take 400 years to degrade.  So that first nappy you pooped in all those years ago is STILL festering somewhere in a landfill site.  As an alternative there are cloth nappies as I blogged about previously




Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Animal Tales 66


Animal Tales is the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world. It runs from Tuesday morning through to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts. 

Don't do that again Moo


We currently have 4 extra dogs staying which has made things a bit crowded at times and ensures feeding time is a bit hectic. 

 

All was however OK ... until Friday.

On Friday morning one of the dogs spooked Moo.  She ran outside and that was it, she was gone.  We called and called but not a peep.  Late on Friday night I then saw her in the field but she was too scared to come near me and ran off again.  We were heartbroken and despite the fact she has been with us for less than a month we all missed her so much.  And it was raining.  And cold.  

Saturday came and despite calling and calling, nothing.  I went out in the dark again but still no sign.

Then, out of the blue, about 10.30pm as we were watching TV Simon suddenly said he heard a noise and there was Moo, standing up at the front door mewing to be let in.  Honestly, you cannot believe the relief.  She is once again absolutely fine with the dogs, is eating us out of house and home and is even more cuddly (if that is possible) than before.  Moo - Don't do that again! 




Sunday, 24 April 2016

Cats, Constipation and Courgettes


Henry, our elderly cat who we brought with us when we moved to France, unfortunately has kidney failure.  He is doing well thanks to a special diet and daily medicine.  However, one side effect is that he easily gets constipated.  You can syringe liquid paraffin into cats' mouths to help but doing this comes with the risks of them accidentally breathing the paraffin in their lungs rather than drinking it into their stomach.  So the vet gave me some medicine to help get things moving and she also suggested adding vegetables, for the fibre, to his diet - courgettes and pumpkins being the best apparently.  She was not my normal vet who knows Henry better so I gave her my look of: "That's all very well but you don't know Henry or how fussy he is," and left, not all hopeful he would eat these vegetable additions.


My Sunday Photo - April 24th 2016




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Friday, 22 April 2016

Weekly Green Tips #5 - 7 Tips to Make your Holiday Green

Week 5 - Green Holidays


It's easy to be green when at home but what about when you go on holiday.  What steps can you take to ensure your holiday is as green and therefore as sustainable as possible.  Here are 7 ways to help you.

1. Go independent

Booking a holiday direct with a cottage owner is generally better for the local environment.  It means all the rental goes to them without a chunk of it lining the pockets of large multinational corporations who are more interested in profit than sustainability. Independent holiday cottage owners buy locally, support their local economy/community and encourage local prosperity which are all good for helping to maintain regional diversity and the distinct character of where you are on holiday.  By all means use the big companies to find a holiday but then search online for their own website. There are also numerous Facebook Groups such as Book Your Holiday Direct with the Owner.


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

The Lost Gardens of Heligan


Heligan, in south Cornwall, was the home of the Tremayne family for over 400 years and in that time the family developed magnificent gardens both for their own pleasure and to produce fruit, vegetables and flowers for the household.  However, their downfall could never have been foretold.  Many of the gardeners who worked in the gardens went off to fight in WWI and few were to return. After the war the economy faltered and, like many great houses in that time, there was not the money to maintain the gardens in their former glory and they were left untended for nature to take over.  The house was sold in the 1970's and converted into flats and a hurricane in 1990 wreaked yet more havoc.

In 1990, Tim Smit and John Willis (a descendent of the Tremayne family) discovered a tiny room, an old thunder-box toilet, buried under fallen masonry in the corner of one of the walled gardens.  Written on the wall inside and still just visible was the date, August 1914 and the motto: “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber”.  Underneath were the names of the gardeners at that time, so many of whom were to have their lives cut tragically short. 

This discovery was to inspire Tim and John to restore the gardens to celebrate the lives of those who toiled to create and maintain them all those years ago.  The two had a vision to bring back the rare and wonderful plants that could flourish in the mild Cornish climate and of working with nature to enhance the variety of habitats found within its 200 acres.

I'll let you decide, through my pictures, whether you think they succeeded. 


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Animal Tales - 65


Animal Tales is the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world. It runs from Tuesday morning through to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.  Apologies if you had hoped to find the linky last week but I was on holiday and my internet connection wasn't good enough for me to post an explanation.

Moo Update


Moo has unfortunately been back to the vet with bad wheezing and another infection - hopefully a second course of antibiotics will clear it up but we are a bit worried her lungs are permanently damaged.  She is, however, back playing and adoring all the cuddles she gets from us.  She has also put on 800g in weight which may not sound much but bearing in mind she weighed just 1.5kg when we she arrived that is an increase of over 50% ... oh and her wonky leg no longer seems to dislocate.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Cloth nappies - Guest Post from Karen at Mad Cats and Babies


When I asked for Mums to write some details on why they used cloth nappies, as opposed to disposables, one Mum was so passionate she wrote enough for a whole blog post.  So please read on to find out why Karen from The Mad House of Cats and Babies is an ardent supporter of cloth nappies. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Cloth Nappies and Mums who Love Them


When I wrote my recent post about 7 disposal items we should not be using there was one item I very specifically left off the list, not because I believe we should continue to use it but because I wanted to write more about it than that blog post had room for.  That item is disposable nappies (diapers).

Up until the 1950's all nappies were reusable with each nappy used time and time again after being washed and in many cases one set of nappies (usually terry nappies that needed folding and pinning) would be used for several children.  It meant mums were often tied to the home, washing (usually by hand) and drying (no tumble driers) nappies and so when the first disposable nappies appeared around the 50's and 60's mums felt that, at long last, they were being handed a huge piece of freedom.  Pop the all in one shaped nappy on baby, fix with the sticky strips and and once it was soiled just chuck it away and use another one.  No pins, no folding, no washing, no drying.  So much more freedom to go anywhere and so much time freed up. Bliss.

No wonder disposable nappies have become the norm and are almost universally accepted in much of the western world.

But this convenience comes with a huge price - every single nappy, unless it has been incinerated, still exists somewhere in landfill as they take some 400 years to degrade.  In many cases they contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and they are made with plastics which come from fossil fuels and so their production leads to increased CO² levels, a factor in global warming.

My Sunday Photo - April 17th 2106


England ...
Cornwall ...
Boscastle ...
A village nearly destroyed by terrible floods in 2004.
A village once again thriving on tourism and the lobster trade.
Small industry keeping a small village alive in 2016.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Weekly Green Tips #4 - 7 Vegetables everyone can grow

Week 4 - Vegetables you can grow anywhere


Growing your own veg is wonderful as you get the freshest tasting, healthy produce with no food miles and you have no need to use any chemicals so it's great for the environment and you.  But what about people who don't have a garden or an allotment?  Fear not, as I reckon that unless you live in an unheated igloo at the North Pole everyone can grow some veg.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

My Sunday Photo - April 10th 2016


Take one tree, two home-made rope swings and add 2 boys - mix together for a lot of fun!


Friday, 8 April 2016

Weekly Green Tips #3 - Greening your Car


Week 3 - Greening Your Car


Cars are one of the greatest pollutants many of us use.  Most use non-renewable fuel and belch out carbon dioxide and pollutants at an alarming rate but I think it is safe to say that many of us would find it difficult to give up our cars and it would take some major life reorganising to do so.  I doubt we, as a family living in rural France where there is no bus service and few very local services, could manage without a car.  However, there are things you can do to reduce the amount of pollution your car produces and this blogs covers tips on how you can keep your car as green as possible before you even drive off.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Animal Tales 64


Animal Tales is the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world. It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.

Please note


I will be in the UK shortly, visiting family, with limited internet connection so there will be no Animal Tales next week and I am going to close this week's linky on Wednesday evening at 7pm to give me time to comment on posts.  Normal service will be resumed on Tuesday April 19th.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

My Sunday Photo - April 3rd 2016


French markets are wonderful places to shop with so many small and local businesses selling their wares.  Much of the fresh produce will be have been grown in the region and you will find that the stall owners have will  be happy to sell you whatever weight you want or choose fruit of just the right ripeness for your needs.  Other stalls sell anything from clothes to accessories, kitchen items and even live chickens.  Here are some photos I took at our local market in Condé-sur-Noireau this week although I avoided the chicken sellers in case I "accidentally" bought some chicks that I am not actually ready for yet.

Friday, 1 April 2016

Weekly Green Tips #2 - Get Growing


Welcome to week 2 of my Weekly Green Tips series.  One blog a week with 7 tips on a given theme giving you 365 ways to help make the world a better place.  Today I am looking at ways to help you grow some of your own veg.

Week 2 - 7 ways to get growing


Thursday, 31 March 2016

Veg, Fruit and Foraged Foods in Season in April


What is seasonal food? 


If you grow your own vegetables the packet will tell you when you can expect to harvest the crop and this is when it is in season.  If you see vegetables for sales outside of this time then they are not in season and may well have been imported or grown under heat in a greenhouse.

Why eat seasonal food?


Food that is in season has many advantages over imported food or that grown under cover:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Animal Tales 63


Animal Tales is the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world. It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.

My Favourites from Last Week


Thank you to everyone who joined in last week - two posts really caught my attention on serious notes - Lisa and Stella warned about the dangers of ticks living on your dog and Dean from Little Steps wrote about that awful day when it is time to say goodbye.  So to cheer ourselves up a bit here's a picture of a woman with a falcon on her head in Dubai from ChickenRuby - what I am not sure of, though, is whether or not it is Suzanne?

Sunday, 27 March 2016

My Sunday Photo - March 27th 2016



For Moo's story please click here - Meet Moo - The Cat who Came to Stay.

Friday, 25 March 2016

Weekly Green Tips #1 - Disposables to Go


Over the next year I plan to arm you with 365 green tips that will help us all to reduce our negative impact on the world.  Each Friday I will post 7 ideas in a post called Weekly Green Tips with a different theme each week.  Some tips won't apply to you but I am sure you'll be able to do some of the others.   On our own it is difficult to see if the changes we implement actually make a difference but when undertaken by hundred and thousands of us small changes build up into big, positive change.  So please, do visit the blog every Friday and see what you can do to help make the world a better place.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Animal Tales 62


Yes, you are in the right place for Animal Tales and it's just the blog that has had a make-over so welcome to "A Green and Rosie Life".  Please do also check out my one-off linky #MyFirstBlogPost where you can link up the first blog you ever wrote.

Animal Tales is the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world. It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Don't feed the ducks bread - feed them ....


Heading off to the park and feeding the dusks is a much favoured activity for young children (and some older ones too) but actually, feeding bread to them is not the ideal choice.  The bread quickly breaks down in the water so a lot sinks to the bottom uneaten and can cause problems in the water including algal blooms (where the water can in effect, become poisonous) and increases the risk of avian flu spreading.  Also, any uneaten bread left on the bank attracts vermin such as rats which can carry some rather nasty diseases.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Green and Rosie Life - New Name, New Focus, New Linky




Notice anything different??!!  
Welcome to my new blog - A Green and Rosie Life.


Today is the anniversary of when I wrote my first blog post.  Eight years ago.  Gosh, can it really be that long?  Mind you I know of one blogger whose blog will be a teenager this year!  Simon actually started the blog here on February 5th 2008 but it wasn't until March 20th 2008 that I first committed finger to keyboard.

Originally the blog was meant as a means of keeping friends and family in touch with what we were doing here in France and to be honest, I have no idea how many people, if any, read anything that either Simon or I posted.  However as we neared getting the gite ready to open we got a surprise email from a Dutch family asking if we would be open by July 17th 2010 as they wanted to book, having read about the gite on the blog.  Well, that certainly focussed our progress and we did indeed get the gite finished (JUST) and welcomed our first family thanks to the blog.

From then on I realised the blog had potential as a marketing tool not just a diary of what we were up to but it did have one problem for our SEO as it was not actually connected to our website.  So early this year we created a new website with a blog attached which rather left this original blog a bit in limbo.  After 8 years of writing I did not want to just let it disappear, I wanted to develop it and take it further which is why, today, I am relaunching as the name you see above:

"A Green and Rosie Life"


My Sunday Photo - 20th March 2106


As some-one who grows fruit and vegetables, keeps animals and enjoys foraging I hope that with each meal I put on the table, there is always something on our plates that I have either grown, reared or foraged.  I almost failed with this massive full English breakfast that Simon requested before he and the boys headed up to Paris to watch England v France in the final of the Six Nations Rugby.  Thank goodness the hens are laying well and that egg was one of ours!

PS - and England won meaning they took the 6 Nations title and The Grand Slam! 



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Thursday, 17 March 2016

My Tomato Varieties


I love growing tomatoes. 
I love growing different varieties of tomatoes. 
Which is why I appear to have ended up with 14 packets of tomato seeds this year!


My Tomatoes for 2016:



  1. Marmande - Large juicy red tomatoes which make great passata and tomato sauce
  2. Green Zebra - Yellow and green striped tomato with a thin skin and fabulous taste. Wonderful in salads
  3. Golden Sunrise - just like "normal" tomatoes but yellow and better tasting!
  4. Pomodoro - a very prolific cherry tomato from Italy 
  5. Ananas (Pineapple) - a huge red and orange heritage tomato with which tastes divine
  6. Black Cherry - a burgundy coloured cherry tomato which crops for ages and tastes delicious
  7. Black Russian or Noire Russe - the bigger brother on Black Cherry
  8. Roma - an Italian plum tomato that crops well so long as you give it plenty of water. Fabuous for passata and sauces
  9. Costuluto Fiorentino - a new one for this year, a deeply ridged beefsteak ideal for slicing apparently.
  10. Brandywine - another new one producing large, thin-skinned fruits
  11. Coeur de Boeuf - large dark red heart shaped fruits
  12. Harbinger - a "normal" tomato without the best taste but crops very late. These were free seeds otherwise I may not have grown them this year.
  13. Yellow Poire - small pear-shaped yellow tomatoes - these have a slightly disappointing taste compared to some others I grow but look lovely in a salad and crop heavily late in the year when others have finished.
  14. Gardener's Delight - this year our Christmas crackers had seeds in them including these cherry tomato seeds so it would be shame not to plant them ... plus is stops me have a superstitious 13 varieties! 



Do you grow tomatoes?  Have you any varieties you could recommend to me for next year?


Mammsaurus HDYGG




Tuesday, 15 March 2016

My First Blog Post - a one-off linky!


On Sunday I will be celebrating a blogging anniversary with both some changes to this blog and a new one-off linky called My First Blog Post.  I will be linking up the first ever post I wrote and I would love it if you would do the same.  You can also leave a message saying how long you have been blogging for.  A few people have said that their first blog was just a "Hello blog world" sort of post so it you want to link up your first "Proper" blog instead, that is absolutely fine.  

So please do head back here on Sunday 20th March and link up your first ever blog post.   If you tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBlogPost, I'll RT you too.

Come on then and let's see who has been blogging the longest and let's see where we all started!



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Animal Tales - 61

Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts. 

A Little Announcement


This blog has a blogiversary coming up and to celebrate it is about to have a make-over.  Animal Tales will continue as ever but the blog will have a new name.  Please do pop back on Sunday to see what!  You'll also be able to link up your first ever blog post in a one-off special linky.  



My Favourites from Last Week

I particularly enjoyed seeing some new life on Animal Tales last week.  Clara's expat puppy, Teresa's new kittens and an old post from dear Badger Boo about Little Boris really raised the awwwww factor on the linky.  


Little Boris as a puppy - image from What Boris did Next

Over to you now.  Please add your posts below. The posts can be old or new and as varied as the animals who we share our world with. If you tweet with the hashtag #AnimalTales I'll retweet you. Just give me a nudge if I appear to have forgotten you.

Full details of the linky can be found here but can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":
  • Please see note above about commenting.
  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to this blog.
  • Pinterest - not a rule but for even greater exposure of your blog post please do join the Animal Tales Pinterest board and pin a picture from your linked posts.
  • Finally if you want to add a sponsored post, review or give-away, please do.
  
 







Sunday, 13 March 2016

My Sunday Photo - 13th March 2106



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Friday, 11 March 2016

Keep your Dog in View on Walks


If you are out walking your dog and it goes out out of sight have you have really any idea it could be up to? On my Facebook page over the last few days I have seen all of the following stories:

  • A dog was shot by the farmer because it had been worrying sheep, one of which died and one of which may have to be put down. The owner insisted the dog had only been out of her sight for a few moments.  That may be true but remember,  ALL dogs are still 99% wolf and all are capable of worrying or killing farm animals.
  • A dog with no owner in sight ran up to a friend who is a bit unsteady on her feet awaiting a knee operation, causing her to almost fall.  The owner, when he finally got there, assured her that the dog was friendly but that was the problem.  He was too friendly and she could have fallen when he jumped up.
  • Being stolen - how many stories do we hear of dogs who have been stolen?  Some may be stolen from unlocked cars or insecure gardens but think about it - how long would it actually take for someone to take your dog, have them in a car and be away before you know what happens?  Hours?  Minutes?  Seconds?
  •  

Maybe you don't think your dog is capable of killing sheep.  Maybe you don't think they would ever knock anyone over.  Maybe this will make you realise that when walking your dog, you really do to keep them in view at all times:

LOST


It felt so good hurtling along the sand with the salty wind ripping through her soft ears.
She was surprised to see, when she turned back, how small all that was familiar to her had become.
Her legs were tired and when the firm hands scooped her up she was grateful not to have to gallop further.

Months later, as the last of the faded posters was ripped from the lamp post, with it, all hope for her was also lost. 
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This post is linking up with my Animal Tales linky - please do head over and have a look at the other blogs joining in and if you have an animal post (old or new) please do add it.  There a BLOG ANNOUNCEMENT over there too!  


Prose for Thought

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Animal Tales - 60

Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts. 

Commenting


Could I have a little moan about commenting - I noticed that some people comment less than others and some not at all.  One of the reasons for joining in with #AnimalTales is to get people visiting your blog, reading and enjoying your posts and hopefully adding a comment.  Could I ask then that if you join you comment on my host post, the one post ahead of you and at least one other (more if you have time).  If you are second then can you pop back after it closes on Thursday night and comment on the last person to link up.  That way everyone should get at least one visitor from the linky.  Thank you and moan over.

My Favourites from Last Week

What a great selection we had last week and I loved them all so picking some favourites was really hard.  I'll go for Ersarz Expat's post about her dog Jimmy, Dean's post about when her husband left Doc behind and Rachel's X-rated squirrel because that made me laugh out loud and reminded me if one of our piglets who was affectionately known as Mr BlackBalls!



Over to you now.  Please add your posts below. The posts can be old or new and as varied as the animals who we share our world with. If you tweet with the hashtag #AnimalTales I'll retweet you. Just give me a nudge if I appear to have forgotten you.

Full details of the linky can be found here but can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":
  • Please see note above about commenting.
  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to this blog.
  • Pinterest - not a rule but for even greater exposure of your blog post please do join the Animal Tales Pinterest board and pin a picture from your linked posts.
  • Finally if you want to add a sponsored post, review or give-away, please do.
  
 





NB - I was having a problem with my other blog in the link below but it is now all working - apologies for earlier.




Sunday, 6 March 2016

My Sunday Photo - 6th March 2106


Last Sunday Tom took part in an athletics tournament up at Caen where he had qualified in the 50m hurdles (or haies = hedges, in French).  There were 5 heats and the medal winners were the fastest 3 from any of the 5 heats.  The faster qualifiers went in the earliest heats so as Tom was in heat 5 he (and we) knew, realistically, he stood very little chance of winning .... which he didn't.  But, he has only just moved up to this age category and he is up against boys a year older and a lot bigger and more developed than him, so we were very proud that he qualified.  Oh and the hurdles are higher now!


His athletics club was also really pleased with his performance.  He has a good technique apparently (although I don't think that shows in this photo) and they have asked if he will do extra training with the older lads so that hopefully next year he will stand a really good chance of getting a medal.  

One thing though - I think we need to buy him a new pair of running trousers sans un trou dans le genou (without a girt big hole in the knee!) in that case! 


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Friday, 4 March 2016

Peppa Pig and Sausages


A couple of weeks ago on #AnimalTales Emma posted a very thought provoking post about whether petting farms are in fact dumming down farming.  Now I am a farmer's daughter.  I was brought up knowing where the eggs and the meat on my plate came from.  I have seen birth and death first hand and I was also brought up with a healthy dose of James Herriot vet programmes where the young vet was always in at the deep end and the actor who played him really did have his hand up that cow/sheep's vagina.  I too have done the same in order to get a stuck lamb out so I think it is safe to say I understand the work that is involved getting meat to your plate. However, in today's world, many people are far removed from the realities of farming: their meat arrives all cut up and bearing no resemblance to the animal it came from and with no indication of the hard work the farmer undertook to get it there.  In Emma's post a lady was horrified when she saw a video about true life sheep farming (Addicted to sheep) as I suppose her view of farms had been dummed down by the more sanitised petting farms where the real working side of things is kept hidden away.

Which brings me to Peppa Pig ... well not just Peppa, to be fair, but any adorable farm animal from a popular children's TV show or book.  You see Peppa Pig and friends are not real farm animals.  They often walk on 2 feet, talk, wear clothes etc and in doing so this is the image children develop as to what farm animals are really like.  And parents are happy to feed into this myth with many not prepared to tell their children the truth - that the sausage on their dinner plate is made from pork which come from pigs.  I have heard of a mother told her children that the pigs no longer in the field had "gone on holiday" when in fact they have gone to the abattoir and perhaps even worse that pigs "lay sausages".  REALLY?


In my experience children are actually very good at accepting the truth if it is told to them sympathetically.  However if they are lied to then that truth is much harder to accept when they do eventually realise it. And realise it they will, however much parents try to hide it.  Back in the UK, I worked with school children doing environmental projects and if I had a spare few minutes at the end of a session I had a short activity on food chains which I started asking what the children ate for dinner the night before.  One girl put up her hand and told me she'd eaten sausages.  "Ah, so that would be pork then," I said, "which of course comes from a pig".  Well, if you could have seen that girl's face.  She had no idea. Oh and she wasn't particularly young either, as this was a class of 9/10 year olds.


So my point is this: are the likes of Peppa Pig, who no child would ever consider eating, leading parents to lie to children and distancing children from the realities of farming?  I am not saying for one moment that every child should be out on the farm delivering young animals (although some do and if you Google "3 year old lambing" you'll see a video of a 3 year old girl doing just that) but I do think children should be told the truth and certainly not told lies about where their food comes from. I also believe that if they understand the true workings of a farm they will be more likely to buy meat that has been ethically-produced, rather than factory-farmed.  Peppa Pig is not real.  Pigs are however real and in order that good pig welfare is to be encouraged people need to know the ins and outs of farming, how animals are cared for and what constitutes good farm welfare.  Without this knowledge it is all too easy to disassociate the meat of your plate from the farm animal and so for too many people it is not a problem eating meat produced in the horrendous conditions of many factory farms.

OK, I would not expect to find Peppa Pig sausages on the shelves of your local supermarket any time soon but I do feel children and adults need to be a lot more aware of where their food comes from and appreciate the hard work of the farmers who make those sausage dinners possible. 




What do you think about this? Is Peppa to blame for a generation of children who do not realise that sausages come from pigs and who are so far removed from the process of getting that sausage to their plate that they will happily eat something produced in horrible conditions because out of sight is out of mind?


ethannevelyn

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Animal Tales - 59


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.


My Favourites from Last Week

I really enjoyed Fiona's post about her new deer at Coombe Mill, Deb's dilemma over what type of dog Flossie is and fabulous felines from the Red Phone Box travels.  This one looks so like my first cat.

Over to you now.  Please add your posts below. The posts can be old or new and as varied as the animals who we share our world with. If you tweet with the hashtag #AnimalTales I'll retweet you. Just give me a nudge if I appear to have forgotten you.

Full details of the linky can be found here but can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":
  • Please can you comment on at least 2 other blogs linked up - that is, after all the whole purpose of joining a linky to find and comment on more blogs and hopefully drive traffic back to your blog.
  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to this blog.
  • Pinterest - not a rule but for even greater exposure of your blog post please do join the Animal Tales Pinterest board and pin a picture from your linked posts.
  • Finally if you want to add a sponsored post, review or give-away, please do.
  
 









Sunday, 28 February 2016

My Sunday Photo - 28th February 2016


I recently visited the nearby Medieval city of Domfront and delighted in beautiful old buildings, ancient and more modern churches, a fantastic ruined castle ... and the best drain covers I've seen in a long while.  If you are going to have a drain cover why not make it a bit more attractive which is just what Domfront as done adding their coat of arms and city name. There are more Domfront pictures here.




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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Animal Tales - 58


Welcome to Animal Tales, the blog linky that brings together all sorts of animal blog posts from all over the world.  It runs from Tuesday morning thought to Thursday night and showcases a wide range of animal related posts.  Please note I am now happy to allow sponsored posts, reviews and give-aways.


Favourites from Last Week

I really enjoyed the points raised by Emma from Farmer's Wife and Mummy on her post about petting farms dumbing down farming.  In fact, it has been something I have been chewing over in my mind since and I'll let you know my thoughts on something in a very similar vein next week.  And I really wish Boots would come home.  
 
Saari had a friend staying last week - a dog perhaps best described as a mop!  She really is adorable though and we were sad to see her go home.  It's a terrible picture as every time I went to photograph her she'd come running up for a cuddle but I think you might see what I mean.  Do you think she looks like a mop?  Her owners assured me though, that I was NOT allowed to clean the floor with her!


 Over to you now.  Please add your posts below. The posts can be old or new and as varied as the animals who we share our world with. If you tweet with the hashtag #AnimalTales I'll retweet you. Just give me a nudge if I appear to have forgotten you.

Full details of the linky can be found here but can I remind people of a couple of the "rules":
  • Please can you comment on at least 2 other blogs linked up - that is, after all the whole purpose of joining a linky to find and comment on more blogs and hopefully drive traffic back to your blog.
  • Please can you include my badge (preferably) or a link back to this blog.
  • Pinterest - not a rule but for even greater exposure of your blog post please do join the Animal Tales Pinterest board and pin a picture from your linked posts.
  • Finally if you want to add a sponsored post, review or give-away, please do.