Have you Herd

The grass is certainly greener for these cows as they head to their retirement in Hillside animal sanctuary in Norfolk. Jill Smith from Carrigaline in Cork, made the decision to coincide with her own retirement and its believed to be the first…

Hope

An emotional and prise winning image created by artist Stephen Burgess from Buckinghamshire has won the 2017 MS Amlin World Art Vote prize organised by National Open Art. The painting which was inspired by an image taken from a helicopter is…

Seahorse Trash

My daughter showed me a photograph last night which really moved me. You have all probably seen it by now, it was taken by nature photographer Justin Hofman while out snorkelling off the coast of the Indonesian Island of Sumbawa last year. He…
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How One Person can Help Change the Future

More and more people are coming to realise that our planet is an ecosystem, a community of living organisms which survives in conjunction with the non-living components of the environment. They also see that every action we take has consequences…
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Natural Insect Repellent Part 2

Natural mosquito and midge repellents A while back I posted about the wild leek being a great natural mosquito repellent. It can be a little tricky to find though so here are some other natural ways to keep the bites away. While Summer is…
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Natural Insect Repellent

Someone was telling me about US educational programme "The Walking Dead" the other day from, which they gleaned this great little tidbit for walkers (hill walkers, not zombies): wild leek is a great natural mosquito repellent. We're not quite…
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Canal Walks in Ireland

As the canals of Ireland gradually open up, we're getting to see a side of the country that was hidden for most of the twentieth century. In the 1970s a campaign was fought and won to stop the Grand Canal from being paved over and turned…
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