I am delighted that I have now trained and am insured as a Reiki practitioner and will be available to give Reiki healing to animals. Please see my pages on Reiki and its benefits.
This is the start of an exciting new journey as I can now do what I most love which is helping animals.
These are limbless lizards and a beautiful golden copper colour.
If you find them in your garden they love to make a safe place to hide under stones or sheets of corrugated iron.
I had an offcut from a plastic drainage pipe which I upended and place on a concrete slab and filled it with dried leaves before the winter. I covered the opening with two slates.
Last week I lifted the slates and the slow-worms are back and nesting.
New neighbours have four chickens from a a re-homing centre finding grass, sun
and freedom in their garden. Once their commercial laying time is over chickens are destined for slaughter. But there are several re-homing centres across the UK which have re-homed thousands of chickens. Two of these are the British Hen Welfare Trust at http://www.bhwt.org.uk and Fresh Start for Hens http://www.fsfh.org.uk but there are many more listed on the net.
If you have the space and time and would like wonderful fresh free range eggs
there are lots of chickens out there only too happy to oblige!
Most of us know little about the stark reality of what takes place in slaughterhouses to produce the meat we eat. This is a gruelling account of one person’s experience.
Whatever decisions we individually take at the very least we can be educated and informed so as to make our choices.
Two years ago a wood pigeon built a nest in my holly tree. Then we watched as the chick hatched, grew and fledged protecting it daily from an onslaught of predators including local foxes. At its first brave attempt to spread its wings it landed in the most dangerous corner of the garden vulnerable to an assortment of local cats. We put it back in the nest where it briefly rested before flying up into a neighbouring tree still being fed by its mother, then onto a nearby roof where it sat for several hours and then finally out into the world.
This April a wood pigeon built a new nest in the same tree. Was it the fledging returning to a familiar safe nesting site? I watched fascinated as she sat so patiently hour after hour for over two weeks turning the egg, moving position then her mate would take over. Then last Thursday night she didn’t come back. That wasn’t so strange as pigeons leave the nest from time to time. But Friday morning there was still no sign of her and after another two days I knew something had happened. I got a ladder and without disturbing the nest managed to see inside. The egg had gone.
There had been a lot of magpies around and we wonder if they had taken the egg. The chick must have been close to hatching and I felt so sad for this patient creature who had waited and protected her egg for so long.
Only a wood pigeon someone said. They need culling anyway. I didn’t see it that way.
Brilliant travel writer the late Mark Shand who travelled across India with working elephants wrote in Queen of the Elephants how important water is for these giant sentient beings. They love it and bathing is as vital as feeding. He also learned how elephants suffer if they are lonely. The lack of sufficient water to fully immerse themselves and frequently the depression from isolation in captivity is shown in my Soulscapes gallery.
Lots of adverts on TV for weedkillers particularly aimed at
Dandelions. These are important as some of the first foods for bees and also a beneficial herb.
From Birth to Plate
The Milking Parlour was an art installation in Bristol April 21-25 which focussed on the plight of farmers in the dairy industry. It is part of the Food Connections Festival in Bristol.
Viva distributed vegetarian and vegan leaflets at the venue showing the dark side of dairy farming.
As consumers, we need to be much more educated and informed of the process from birth to plate including how animals are treated; the reality of factory farming and conditions in slaughterhouses; how milk is produced through continuous impregnation of female cows and the removal of calves from their mothers soon after birth.
On 23rd April Shakespeare’s Birthday and in 2016 the 400th Anniversary of his death I want to bring together my campaigning against cruelty to animals and my own background in the study of Shakespeare with these poignant words. Thousands of newborn calves are taken daily from their mothers a few hours after birth and routinely sent to slaughter. It’s an aspect of the food industry we see little of and therefore have little knowledge of what actually goes on.
‘Thou never didst them wrong, nor no man wrong;
And as the butcher takes away the calf
And binds the wretch, and beats it when it strays,
Bearing it to the bloody slaughter-house,
Even so remorseless have they borne him hence;
And as the dam runs lowing up and down,
Looking the way her harmless young one went,
And can do nought but wail her darling’s loss,..’
Henry VI Part 2 Act 3 Scene 1