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Foraging for Fruit

Many people have memories of going foraging as a child, approaching a bramble patch loaded with glinting purple jewels and pulling them from their spiky stems to drop into a tupperware box or recycled ice cream tub. The purple stained fingers and tell tale purple tongue betraying a few sneaked berries that didn’t make it into the box. There’s little more satisfying than hunting for free food and enjoying making a few jars of preserves or a delicious autumnal pudding with the fruits of a day’s labour collecting a bounty and trekking home with it.

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Tree Surveys With The Kids

This weekend is set to bring fairer weather, so with all the rain and dreary cloud we’ve had lately, why not head out into the great outdoors with the family this weekend for some fresh air. Enjoying some time in the open air doesn’t have to mean trekking around the countryside either. Most of us live within a short distance of a local park which can offer ample space to use up some of that left over Christmas energy lurking in children’s muscles, and there’s the added bonus that most have a play area too, often with a seat nearby!

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The Green Village Does Spring Watch!

Most people are familiar with the sounds of Spring Watch announcing its return to TV each year, with its hidden cameras keeping an eye on the antics of the creatures living in and around the farm site in the south of England. With the glimpses of sun and signs of spring, we decided that we should do our own bit of Spring Watching. Well, not in the sense of Bill Oddie keeping tabs on frog action in the local pond, or Kate Humble spying on badgers, but that is an idea for the future perhaps. Looking around in the hedgerows and gardens, there really is the sense that spring has finally sprung. Of course we won’t be safe in the knowledge that the frosts are gone for a good month yet, but everywhere you look there are many varieties of daffodils nodding their heads in the breeze (perhaps wind would be more accurate, especially for how breezy today has been!) and crocuses opening their petals to the sun, in shades of lavender and yellow, white and deep purple.

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