Natures Rebirth

Having had a busy day in work preparing a database with all village halls matched to its respective parish council I was able to clock off at 5pm on the dot after having entered 200 of about 450 of the little blighters. I tell you working in Administration the fun never stops!!! I had my tunes blasting, foot tapping and tea poring all in all a good productive day in the home office.

My favourite tune that came up on my spotify account is definitely the one below, so funky.

So a little more foot tapping and slight rocking forward and backward still loving this tune. This band have played in Exeter a couple of times at the Phoenix I am sure they are amazing not seen them myself, saying that I should definitely get out more. Well get out more when this lock down is over anyway.

The second tune by them is just as cool, dance to the beat the beat the beat. It’s mystical and spooky very cool.

So back to what I was originally going to blog about tonight.

I saw the following article in the Guardian about a breading programme for Storks who have not been breading in the wild for centuries or since 1416 to be precise so a really positive UK wildlife story about action, conservation and hope.


First wild stork chicks to hatch in UK in centuries poised to emerge

More than 100 birds have been living wild in England as part of conservation scheme

Patrick Barkham @patrick_barkham

Storks on the Knepp Castle estate

Storks on the Knepp Castle estate. The area is a hot spot for endangered species. Photograph: RA Chalmers Photography/Alamy

The first wild stork chicks to hatch in Britain for centuries are expected to emerge next month after three pairs of the huge white birds built nests in West Sussex.

Disdaining platforms constructed especially for them, the storks have created their stick nests in the heights of oak trees on the Knepp estate, the centre for a reintroduction project.

White storks are traditionally thought to bring fertility and good luck but have been extinct as breeding birds in Britain since 1416, or possibly during the English civil war.

More than 100 birds have been bred in captivity and released at three locations in West Sussex and Surrey, including Knepp, a 3,500-acre former dairy farm that was rewilded at the turn of the century.

How darn exciting

On another bit of good news my membership card for Moor Trees turned up I have rejoined them. I used to be a member when I was on the board of Directors with them and pleased to be supporting them again now membership card is made out of some lovely card.

Well that me done for another brief moment in time.

If you got this far thank you so much for reading.



P.M. Boris is back

So our democratically elected prime minster is back in office today to do his job and be held to account. Didn’t they do well while he was away?

One of the things this poster misses out was the pay rise they all gave themselves during this s#itshow

Well I have been doing my rounds this morning collected my daily bread and paper among other supplies. Was asked for my ID for the first time too which I politely showed him.

I don’t mind seeing these little beauties because the authorities can step in if something kicks off or if it is a home cam at least they are a witness to any trouble that might occur. A little like politicians on ZOOM ZOoom zoom..

The  only thing I do almost religiously really around Exeter now is press the little traffic button. You just never know who will stop or when otherwise at least crossing when the lights go green reduces my chances of a hit and run job.

08:55 on 27th April 2020 so nearly time to start working busy day today too.

This video is filmed in Exeter on the Quayside. Great band I am a huge fan of their songs.

Harry Potter gets the Horns

I am still not sure how You tube recommends videos to me but this little beauty just came up on my time line its a smooth dark twisted tail with a bitter sweet ending. I saw it late at night a few years ago and thought what the smeg Harry

Well I was scanning some photos of when I was little today for my mum we really love having photos to remember stuff and so after I emailed them to her she posted them onto Facebook.

So here is me on a beach in France preparing to do battle with the tide in my little dug out on the beach.

I actually got around to taking somer rare selfiies today too it’s what I wear when I go to the shop first thing in the morning and then when I am working on my computer through out the day.

Not too bad although need a shave in the morning or that stubble is goner rub. Smile please.

There that was not too difficult was it.

Slàinte Mhath

Why do you say Slàinte Mhath, and what does it mean?

Raising a glass is common practice in many pubs, bars and gatherings, whether it’s for celebration, commiseration or simply because it’s the end of a long week. There are so different ways to say “cheers” in many countries all over the world, however, in Scotland, it’s Slàinte Mhath!

Irish or Scots Gaelic?

The term Slàinte Mhath (Pronounced Slanj-a-va) is actually both Irish and Scots Gaelic. The way the phrase is pronounced is the same for both dialects, however the way it is spelt differs subtly. The Irish spell it Slàinte Mhaith. The phrase translates to “Good health” in both dialects, and if you want to respond to this using Scots Gaelic, you would say, “do dheagh shlainte” meaning “to your good health.”

Where did Gaelic originate?

Scots Gaelic is believed to have come from a northern region of Ireland and was carried over to Scotland, particularly to the west coast and Highland areas in around the 4th or 5th century. The people who spoke Gaelic were referred to as the Gaels. The spread of the language grew to the Lowland areas of Scotland in the 8th century.

Why do we say Cheers?

Alcohol has been around for many centuries and so has raising a glass and toasting to good health. It is not exactly clear when and where this tradition originated from, however there is a theory that the practise of raising a toast may have derived from the Romans, who would raise a glass during ceremonies or rituals to honour the gods. A sacred liquid such as blood or wine would be used as an offering or even as a prayer for good health.

The Gaelic language is still spoken throughout the west coast and in some parts of the Highlands, and is experiencing a revival across the country from old and new speakers alike. Slàinte Mhath may just be a simple phrase, but it highlights and educates visitors from across the world about Scotland’s native language, and that’s something we can all keep toasting to!