Category: Education


Hen Malfunction?!

Regular readers of this blog will have seen the ridiculously large egg one of my hens laid last year. Well, yesterday when I went to the hen house to check for eggs, I was greeted with the opposite extreme:

Never mind those chocolate ones – this is a true mini egg!!  😉

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Bought a great little book called “1001 little ways to save our planet” by Esme Floyd (find it at http://www.amazon.co.uk/1001-Little-Ways-Save-Planet/dp/1844420973 if you’re interested).  It’s broken down into various sections such as heating & energy, washing & drying, furniture, clothing, shopping, tourism etc.  Each section has a number of suggestions for things you can do to reduce your impact on the environment.  Some are incredibly easy and you probably already do them [e.g. 769: Visit the Library], others are a little more tricky.  One or two I disagree with anyway (e.g.  tip 986 includes “raise your cats as indoor pets” – personally, I think that’s a cruel and unnatural way to keep such an athletic and partially nocturnal animal).  But the majority of the book contains sound advice – and some of the tips (e.g. the information on what to watch out for when buying and using washing powders and liquids) look as though they will be really useful.

The only thing I might take issue with is the “little” in the title.  For instance, tip 115 is “add a conservatory to your home to trap the heat of the sun”….. A whole conservatory?  Now that strikes me as a fairly large project!  😉

As you may or may not know, Friday 5th February was “Save Our Libraries Day” – around 400 public libraries are currently facing an uncertain future or potential closure owning to spending cuts.  Does this matter?  Yes, I think so. 

Libraries are a valuable resource for everyone.  Whether you’re a student researching something for your course, a child exploring the world of books for the first time, a passionate reader, or simply someone embarking on a new project and in need of advice, your local library is there to support you.  While it may not have all the books you’ll ever need, you can check their on-line catalogue and, if the book you want is at another library nearby, order it for delivery at your local library within a few days.  And this resource is free to use.  You simply join, and you’re part of a whole reading community. 

The whole idea of a library seems to me to reflect the current government’s ideals of localism, of the community society.  Everyone has access to the library – it is a resource for all.  Everyone has to obey the rules to make it work (i.e. bring the books back by the right date, bring them back in a decent condition).  And it’s not just about borrowing a few books – libraries also offer computer facilities and internet access, not to mention the wealth of knowledge and information provided by the librarians themselves.  Libraries help to provide one of the most important things for our society – education. 

If you’d like to find out more about the work of libraries, or the “save our libraries “campaign, why not visit the following sites for more info:  www.librarycampaign.com/Home   and www.voicesforthelibrary.org.uk/wordpress/

“Save Our Libraries Day” may be over, but the work of the libraries themselves certainly is not.