How Wild Horses  are Rewilding Britain

 

How Wild Horses  are Rewilding Britain

“Now for a film that’s been 14 years in the making. Back in 2002, we told you how wild horses have been introduced to Kent to help with the countryside and we’ve been watching them ever since. If you’re out enjoying the Kent countryside you may come across this enchanting scene these are the wild horses of Kent.  They now call several nature reserves across the county their home. The horses are called conics. They’re genetically the closest thing to the wild horses which roamed across England 7,000 years ago and they aren’t here for decoration, they’re working for a living.

Peter Smith from Wildwood trust Nick Canterbury is a big fan of the conic horses many of the niche reserves that we couldn’t manage properly on mail manage thanks to these wonderful horses so where did they come from in a word Holland many years ago wild horses were successfully introduced to a nature reserve near Amsterdam called boost Vadis blossom boost flawless Klaassen is fantastic I mean what a wealth of wildlife I’ve never seen so much rare bird so many rare forms of plant all living in one area so in 2002 Peter raised some money and bought some wild horses to bring back to Kent you the first ones were released in STAAD marsh near Canterbury 14 years later these are at all marshes near Faversham

 

Peter is the first to admit that in the early days they were rather making it up as they went along we just didn’t know what we were doing it was all news exciting you know we were becoming Cowboys instead of conservationists this is how it works if this land was left alone the scrub would grow and it would eventually turn into woodland but conservationists want to keep the land like this as a habitat for rare animals.

it’s too difficult and expensive to cut back the scrub with machinery but wild horses will eat anything they’re stopping field from scrubbing over and creating wetlands the natural way providing a home for all sorts of wildlife it’s an example of what’s becoming known as rewilding across the whole of the community of people who work Mitch conservation ecologists academics they are all coming to understand that rewilding is the future of nature conservation the horses started off managing the wetland at staad Marsh near Canterbury and ham fen their sandwich they then spread across the county nature evolved to live in harmony with the grazing of these horses and then all the rare beasties things that we think of incredibly red will have a place to live and we could have them all back in that and it’s not just Kent soon the horses were heading to pastures new across the border and into Sussex; for instance the breed valley near hastings, you’ll notice that they’re all fairly scraggly.

their coats have been rolling in a lot of mud we met Philip Newton five years ago when he converted 100 acres of his farm into wetlands and needed the help of wild horses.

about 15 years ago this whole area that you can see was arable and it was all drained and ironically I reversed process as a friend of mine says just add water and see what happens that’s what you want me to scratch so five years on what has happened the whole of this landscape of where they are was changed considerably a lot of open grazed areas and it’s providing the perfect habitat for the nesting waders and the overwintering waders and wetland Birds it’s the habitat is nearly what I would consider to be exactly as required the optimum the word spread and many different conservation organizations became interested Peter isn’t in charge of some kind of coordinated rollout program but over the years the idea gained momentum and soon the horses set foot or rather set hoof all across the country, for instance, Wicken Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire received 13 conic horses 13 years ago and now has over 90.!

 

The births are always lovely when you come down to the herd in the morning, and there’s a brand new Teufel foal it’s always really exciting. More horses have made their way to Blacktopped Sands reserve near GU the East Riding of Yorkshire normally they’re quite calm and then all of a sudden you’ll just get this burst of energy where they start rustling and tussling with each other and the visitors love it yeah we’d be lost without them really the team at the lock of Strasburg reserve in Scotland use GPS devices on their horses to keep track of them they are wild and untamed so it can be a little bit interesting if they choose to be a bit frisky but hopefully they’ll behave themselves today but the horses can’t be left completely alone.

sometimes they have to be swapped between locations to make sure they don’t become inbred but what we’re going to do to get genetic diversity is will take scallions away and put new stallions on that’s the best way so it’s like all hurt structures ladies are in charge and the other they’ve got the knowledge and the true and instincts to protect the herd so we’re going to try to keep the ladies together as much as we have and the men superfluous just have to move around and do their job.

Back over in Sussex, Phillip Newton has left his horses wild and free and hasn’t had to interfere with their day-to-day business apart from one memorable occasion the only time we’ve ever had a problem was when there was a serious flash flooding somebody on the train considered that they were stranded in the field and the RSPCA lady turned up police fire and rescue and it was pathetic the horses could have swum if they’d wanted to and yet these chaps turned up in dry suits breathing apparatus!

I was forbidden to go near them and they just walked out so that is how the wild horses are rewilding the countryside Peter Smith hopes that this is the way nature will be preserved in the future we need to rebalance we need to learn to stop taking from nature and start giving back and that’s the future of nature conservation rewilding let me to get on with it and have bigger niche reserves to bequeath to our children so wild horses were in Kent 7,000 years ago and at this rate, their relatives will be here in 7,000 years time”

Thanks, BBC for your superb program. (Transcripted)

 

 

How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

NO..THAT'S NOT ME!
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How a 25 year paid holiday can leave you sick and broke. (a short rant)

I am  in my 70’s as I write this: A marathon runner, author and nutritionist and keep fit enthusiast. Also, a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have been this way for the past nearly 30 years. I have endeavoured and continue to, extol the virtues of fitness and diet on every occasion. I have to add; as well as the weightier message of Christianity. I’m beginning to realise something; my regular message of BODY-SOUL -SPIRIT is coming under increasing attack. It’s a sign of the times I guess.

Yes, it seems this message is falling on deaf ears for the most part. Maybe it’s the society that we live in today. Pursuing the almighty dollar on an even greater scale than previous generations ever did seems to be the norm. The latest game in town. Perhaps this has triggered my cynical outlook. It’s more than grumpy-old-man syndrome methinks.
You see, the voice of the establishment has told us that on reaching the age of 65, we are set for a great new adventure; we can “retire”. We can relax, sleep- in when we feel like it, enjoy more time with our grand-children and basically flow in a delightful rosy-tinted comfy- cosy way of life. Oh yes, that’s good for the next 25+ years! “Take a holiday you deserve it. We’re paying you.!”

Today’s society seems to assume that we ‘old-timers’ are all homeowners, have paid off our death grip (French for a mortgage) and are heirs, to a nice pension for years ahead living the life of Riley. (who is this Riley guy?)
“They” also assume that we have ample funds and can look forward to a couple of decades or more playing bingo at the village hall as we sadly watch our ever-decreasing circle of friends fade off into the sunset. Possibly, we are having dinner from time to time at the Captain’s table on the Princess Cruise Liner, all dressed in our finery as we ogle the ever-changing sea views gorging ourselves on life’s finest cuisine! We should be so lucky. A bowl of soup and a bag of chips would be more like it.

Perhaps they think we are blowing our cash and trying to impress for a quick adrenaline thrill at the onboard casinos? just before we stagger to our first-class cabin to sleep it all off. What a life… How blessed we are!
Okay - - that was a little over the top perhaps. The “stuff that dreams are made of “as a certain William would say, but I think you get my point. If you are retired you will certainly get it. Yet there are those in society today truly believe the above picture is the norm and not for the very few.

 

The truth is, many of us have not been able to buy a home, pay off the loan, and save a large chunk of cash. Why? Because years ago we believed the lie that we could really have a 25 or more year holiday paid for in our declining years through our pensions. That is the promise made by the state which we swallowed hook line and sinker much like the youngsters today really believe they’ll never have to pay off that massive student loan. It’s all fabrication. Funny they are falling for the same line that we did.

 

Truth is, our society has never been sicker or more underfunded in real terms than it is today. The divide in society has never been more stark- Christian values never more undermined. The outlook for our kids and grandkids is looking very dark. Thanks are to God through (the being that they rarely believe in) there is a ray of light in that darkness. It’s a cry, maybe ever so faint but it’s there - a cry of FREEDOM. A loosing of the shackles - a new dawn.

Society’s reliance on the 9-to-5 routine… The two-week holiday… The nose to the grindstone… The working for “the man” for a relative pittance until we croak, is coming to an end. Glory hallelujah! - As someone once famously said, “I have a vision…” As in ancient times, men and women will work for themselves and their families, they will be based mostly at home, and rarely having to commute to an office. I see millions across the globe.
Through nutrition and proper exercise, they will live long- in good robust health.

With the ultra-fast Internet, they will access a raft of businesses bringing in several streams of income monthly via the web.
Everything will be mostly automated. This new man will prosper independently of government assistance. The NHS will have little trouble dealing with the sick in society because all will be on a prevention rather than cure program which will save billions of public funding. Folks…this is all beginning to happen.

So what began as a negative and cynical message perhaps, in actual fact is simply a voice - the voice of one crying in the wilderness… Can YOU hear it? What do you think? Drop me a line.

kenneth@countrylifestylewest.com

 

The #1 reason evolution is impossible..by Ray Comfort

The #1 reason evolution is impossible

Although our site is focussed on living and working in the countryside of Englands West Country, we, at this online magazine are open to all and any interesting topics that affect the lives of our readers. So, having said that this writer admits to being a trifle biased. As a Christian, my life has been greatly enhanced by Ray Comfort and his Way of the Master website. https://www.livingwaters.com/outreach/way-of-the-master/ The amazing video posted here may well open your eyes and bless you as it has me. You’ll get food for thought at the very least, and life-changing experience if you’re open-minded. So, go ahead and watch the destruction of one of mankind’s pet theories that are presented as unassailable truth!

Transcript segment;
“First a video. This is a scrambled egg going back into its shell it’s an illustration as to how the universe works no egg ever goes back to being scrambled back into its shell and so it is with the entire universe it is slowly degenerating it’s going from order to chaos we can see that everywhere but listen closely as this speaker slips in the words general tendency and the white have separated and now they’re going to be poured back into the egg and we all know in our heart of hearts that this is not the way the universe works and we know in our heart of hearts that the universe does not travel from mush to complexity in fact this gut instinct is reflected in one of the most fundamental laws of physics the second law of thermodynamics or the law of entropy what that says basically is that the general tendency of the universe is to move from order and structure to lack of order lack of structure in fact to mush it’s not a general tendency it’s an unbending law everything is turning to disorder it’s becoming dust everything without exception and yet look around us what we see around us is staggering complexity so here’s a great puzzle…

… in a universe ruled by the second law of thermodynamics how is it possible to generate the sort of complexity I’ve described the answer is that it’s not possible it never happens but listen to his response …” Continue    > https://www.livingwaters.com/outreach/way-of-the-master/

The Treehouse Festival …a Documentary.

 

found this fascinating video online, and declared “we need This in  Somerset/Devon/Exmoor”! Any takers?

You can discover more info about Treehouse Festival at:
Treehousefestival.co.uk

A 30 minute documentary about the Treehouse Festival – an arts and community event in the heart of rural Norfolk.

There is eco-building, cooking, craft workshops, speakers on sustainability and green issues, wide games and the occasional beach trip.

This documentary covers an introduction to building an iron age roundhouse, the activities during the week of the festival and the big party night on the last night.

Edited By Adam Jackson, (www.tomorrownight.com)

Filmed by Adam Jackson and Matthew Rootham

More info about Treehouse Festival at:
Treehousefestival.co.uk

Approx.TRANSCRIPT:

Hello and welcome to the treehouse festival. This is a little video we’re going to put together about all the stuff that goes on.

It all started a few years ago when a group of friends and I left University and wanted to carry on the building because we used to build at University. And our objective was after hearing one of the guys in our group, his adventures when he was younger.

Building tree houses we said: well, let’s give that a go and we carried on our tradition of what we called scavenging, where we go and speak to the local businesses and people who had skipped and throwing stuff away and said, could we have the stuff that you’re Throwing away and then we’d get that bring it back, and then she built this giant treehouse out of it, which would all built and recycled materials and without using any electricity, and it was a quite grand structure at double glazed windows. It had carpets spiral, staircase and a balcony two floors and was right in the middle of remote Norfolk countryside. You couldn’t see it from anywhere, which is great and a few years down the line I’m and halfway through building it.

We came up to some opposition to the local council, who asked us to get it to get planning permission for it which we applied for and then after a massive battle with lots of media attention and lots of debate and appeals and letters And stuff, we eventually had to lay the treehouse down.

Sadly, but because of that, a lot of people had got on board and they said well. This is really great we’re doing so. They say they wanted to get involved each year, so we said well, let’s do it a bit bigger and have something called the treehouse festival, which is where we are up to now.

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Our next project, now is, is the right house which you can see behind me. We’Re quite a big bit of what we’re doing is it’s building the roundhouse. It’s a really good focus of community we’re actually cooking inside it, even though the roof isn’t finished up there and yeah and loads of different people of all different skill levels. People from the city, people from the country, people have never been and done anything like this before having a go at patching and doing crafts that sometimes haven’t been done in the way that we’re doing them for hundreds of years.

through he on the inside yeah there we go around the back through again, so this is a stand. This is the the basics of what it is to thatch them. Is it to hold it all together, yeah I’m doing the interior needlework. So I’m talking it out around the interior pole and the reason is trusting.

There was an exterior one goes around both their binds them together like a sandwich and squeezes the Thatcher’s, the sale of the savage opportunity. Then you do it on multiple layers of each bit of that should hopefully be held in by two. Maybe three really hey Rob? What you’re doing well yeah we sort of caught some lasting the facts. Basically, what it is is when the fat goes on here. You see it goes in bundles, all the same height and supposed to be a smooth progression. So these are all been where you molested already, and these ones need to get rid of all at the end so blend this in you push the top ones up to them about a foot away from the next, but battle kind of blend in it is invisible In one seamless kind of hill of thatch, what’s like minutes, that’s right! It takes a long time and it hurt your arm because you don’t know that o course here, pretty cool um.

You can see it. i’m waking up cuz the Augmented of clashing of evolved as we went along so first we’re just grabbing the stuff and quitting straight up on the roof. We weren’t even trying to get it all the right way round, etc soon realized that wasn’t good. So we started putting like we round them, who discovers that all the leaves made funds. It wasn’t tight enough, so had to take it off a couple of bits of it on we strip all the leaves with massively labour-intensive.

You know each individual bit has to be effective individually strict cuts and length and then put up in bundles. So what have you so? i’m currently waking up all the stuff that’s been stripped off, which is a never-ending task, because I paint in the fourth which, as soon as you wake up one area. Yes, they like kind of go back and like it up again, because it’s the back again. 50 million pounds, no, you gotta show for it is throughout the week we’re doing different stuff, I’m having three. This morning, we just had it. We had a talk from Greenpeace who came in and talked about the stuff they’re doing. We had an acoustic night were, where people from around come and do little bits of their talents, hey we got beach trips, we had a paintballing adventure the other day and generally a really good time. What is your involvement in the Cherry Festival? Communal work? Don’T enjoy myself, yes being nosy yeah, making every smile. You have any fantastic time the other evening, the rain we come here before. I have been here for several times and have a very good time.

Every year, by every year Thursday, it’s good without fail. Yeah without fail doesn’t even matter if anybody on the toronto show i’m just here ya: pilgrim is every year hey Dom. Basically this is the door. What we’re gon na do is we’re going to get them willow and we, these back in on themselves, to get the door frame off with a and do that all the way around, with a curved top to match the archway of the Roundhouse and then we’re going To support it across and excited to us with, when I week though, so it’s got some kind of sturdiness laughs very delicate in that we’ve got plans right, ok, but we’ve got it. Then we got to make a carpet. Out of this. Is nice and toasty around watch me work hard, we’re gonna make a shoe rack. How I got my country back in strips. Yes, we’ve done on themselves with the logs for DHS high ground beautiful on the beginning. In the beginning, there was tense and then there was drinking and campfires and then think there wasn’t much else to be given, and then there was nothing to do for a bit. So he built, we started building a treehouse and I think I put the first bit of wood in the treehouse. I nailed it to the tree

So, despite the hype that we didn’t put in out in the tree, I first he did put some nails, but then we started doing it properly without nails in the tree, and then we built the treehouse and then it was great and that get this busy for Awhile and then someone, then the council took it down, may just take it down, so we then within that the treehouse anymore, so we decided to build around the house which this is. This is the second attempt to around now it’s the first one blew down. Fortunately, because we didn’t win every way to search it and we didn’t really make it very well, then yeah. So then we started the roundhouse doing a building partly in and it kind developed at the treehouse festival. And now we just have a simple building part. Is a year and that’s what I come to some of them at all. I come this week because it’s good! No! I want to get the touch finish, which it won’t and never seem to finish. It just keeps going up and up and never-ending. This is a teepee we quite crudely made a friend and I drove down to London and got some really cheap old canvas, Ramona canvas, marquee and then cut it up and got some plans of the Internet. We went down the road to a friend of ours who let us cut down some coffees and maple caucus and that’s pretty much it tied around 12 of these poles. And then you got a teepee. What type of people comes three out of it? Yeah and people who, like a community you want to get to lower them like doing interesting things, yeah hanging out really and enjoying the outdoors hey pretty much. Every evening people throw the big fire normally strong men, you can chop wood and Botros in the life go too far that goes on until vendors, the bed. I normally gate a little bit seen us at about one o’clock. Now people generally chat with no organized game.

Play lots of guitar sing, some song, its best kind of time to get to chat people young. Yes, they can say there’s been a few time to see who have deeper meaning to people. The great thing about the house. First of me is, as always, a mix of people I do know when people I don’t know, because she before and lots people haven’t seen before, and I don’t think there’s been one year. I’ve went where I haven’t come away with quite a few people who I then two and then on good friends and long-term friends who had never met before that week. There’S always a fire every night and always some point during the night there’s going to be a guitar around and he gets passed around. Anyone can have a play. Everyone has a singsong people, accounting who we can’t sing well same time really, and it’s really cool people like to improvise. You like to play the song to know like funny songs. Some people have two teachers on guitar roots. It’S just good that, wherever you are around five, wherever you are at the treehouse, you’re always in hearing distance, someone car someone singing people dancing the news music everywhere rly the community is the key thing really there’s a big group, and everyone is on good terms.

Everyone out, someone talked to everyone else. There are smaller groups within that person who spend more time with certain people, some people they know and even and people they don’t know, but they’re so flexible its members, everyone flips between an enemy, so everyone get some variables over. There’S no one you can sit down next to expect everybody there’s no one serious conversation when you need one way, the most runs a new piece of ridiculousness. If I’m not, that kind of fluid between talk to you, what do you like about the chairs festival and the people? Mostly, you can rent, lovely and inclusive, and I like being outside. I, like waking up and being outside and living outside at fire and set me on fire. Took these people and making thing the festival is quite unique because it’s actually free to come. But we all we ask for is, as you contribute towards your food, which we do for a phenomenally cheap price, which is great because that means anyone can come and contribute to the toilet. So it works out as just a few pounds for for a week’s food and everything else and and it’s a really great place, camping and a really remote area of rural Norfolk and there’s not alert else in the East. So so it’s a nice little thing to come, see hi details, Xena, yes, oh boy, Lord, my lovely wife, Emily and in charge of cooking and what we do is food for everyone. Basically, all vegetarian food, and this time we went to a wholesaler. It was very kind and give us a really good deal and lots of good food. We also went to Oakland door slamming shut.

He made it every night who is an organic farmer. He got some beautiful garlic, other vegetables Chaucer again and basically, and we get a whole team of people to chop vegetables – do all the prep stuff. Often generally I myself for everything oversee a meal, yeah, it’s excellent fun and by well. You know I wouldn’t like to hang my own chain rattling like that great this year it’s been a roughly 40 odds, people who every died somewhere between 30 and 40, but mostly more so, we’ve been Patera preparing fairly large scale coming and we have kind of a Washing up thing where people everyone chips, it a little bit washing out, so what type of meals usually cook generally they’re sort of estimate 1.1 was really so that would be your curry, your chilli, you know your swing and sweet potato. Curry did one day we get a noodle dish, so mostly it’s non-English stuff. Rarely we did a pastor. There won’t be anything we’ve done, conditioning bacon, garlic, managed to assume we’ve been kind of camping down here in one form or another. Since, since I was about 17 and some of the people who were there on that original camp down here down the field in one of the horse’s fields, they still come to the treehouse festival now nearly 10 years later, which is great and when we First did it, we, we dug a little fire pit and had a fire down here now, the campfire, and then each year it’s grown and expanded. That we’re now on fire number 4 mark, for which we want to just have a look down here, is that we turn this one into a clay oven so which we’ve tried to worm yeah. It’S not 100 % yet because we just need to sort and the way this extremely works but and the fire bit on top is used to pretty much constantly it’s not on right now but sir, but yeah great little fire I mean. There’S no doubt there’ll be many more marks, but it’s now, instead of being right at the edge of the little campsite. But it’s now right in the dead centre and it’s grown a lot so um so yeah. Why don’t I pros ebony, our eta phi kappa had a good time trialling? So today is Saturday and on the chairs festival, that’s quite a big deal. What we do on Saturday, basically, the whole week is kind of leading up to it and the people who’ve been staying here. It’S been about 30 people living here for a week in community with each other and then the last day we set up the bet. The best party, probably in Norfolk today and write you’ve only got three bands, that’s cool. We only need about. We set up a big party on the last night where people come from outside this little community and we just have a big pile and we have a bar which runs on an on a non-current currency system and yeah and fans.

Come from around the UK and perform and we have a big lighting and sound system and so yeah, it’s a brilliant day and they’ll probably be about two or three hundred people here tonight, hopefully, and so in it yeah, and they get to see the stuff that We’Ve been doing throughout the week, so Paul hello um. What what are you doing here? I’m here at the treehouse, party festival come event and having a good time, even though I’m we’ve just got the trampoline yeah, the phantom old Buzzard smells and a bunch of rusty Springs and a bit of materialism. Looking too good together and we’re going to make sure we jump up and down on it, people are going to wander around doing different stuff. So we bands and drinks and we’re just like this point for a place to sit and also people like to jump and the more they drink, the more they like to jump.

 

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Wild Exmoor Ponies …Right on our doorstep!

One of the joys of the west country lifestyle for my wife Paula and I is the close proximity we have to the wildlife like these wonderful wild Exmoor ponies in our special feature article today. Watch the amazing roundup and the “Black Beauty” soundtrack that accompanies. ENJOY!

Ken Eden.

This short film shows the August 2015 gathering of the world’s largest herd of free-living wild Exmoor ponies from one of Exmoor National Park’s largest and wildest moorland areas – Brendon Common and the surrounding enclosures. This took place during Heritage Exmoor Pony Festival week, which enabled many other Exmoor pony enthusiasts and visitors to Exmoor to watch this amazing sight – especially the awesome spectacle of the herd crossing at Lancombe!

The Tippbarlake Herd 387 ponies are owned by the Floyd family. You’ll see the ponies gathered from across this vast area, spanning some 8,000 acres, brought together and then back to the home farm at Brendon Barton. The herd has been brought in so the foals can have DNA samples taken to verify their parentage (which is a passport requirement for pedigree Exmoor ponies) and microchips inserted. They are then returned to the moor until the next gathering in late Oct/Nov when they are weaned and some will be looking for good homes, particularly colt foals who cannot remain on the moor.

The Exmoor pony is an endangered ancient British native breed, with the free-living moor bred ponies of Exmoor National Park especially rare – and important. Living wild & free on Exmoor helps to preserve their natural behaviours & characteristics – and safeguard their True Moorland Type. Free-living family Exmoor pony herds like the Tippbarlake herd are vitally important to Exmoor pony gene pool.

You will also see four Fell mares running with the herd, who belong to another commons grazier. These mares are also part of the permitted moorland grazing scheme and preserving the hardiness and ‘wildness’ of Fell ponies is an important conservation issue. We continue to encourage graziers to help preserve and protect Exmoor ponies by selecting this indigenous breed to run on the moorland areas. It is very important that the graziers are motivated to continue to do so through the provision of an efficient, straightforward and cost-effective Exmoor pony registration system that will help them maximise opportunities to safeguard and maintain the wellbeing of the ponies. Much work continues to achieve that important objective on Exmoor. COUNTRY LIFESTYLE WEST

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CREDITS:
Filmed by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Nigel Floyd & Miss Jessica Floyd – owners of the Tippbarlake Herd, Exmoor National Park

A film by Dawn Westcott. Photos from Helen Disberry and Julie Cope. Aerial clips from a spectator and from Sian Boakes.

Music: Our grateful thanks to Iron Maiden ‘Phantom of the Opera’
and Soundtrack & Theme Orchestra ‘Theme from Black Beauty’ (iTunes) both of which gave a perfect tempo for the pace of the ponies!

This short film is a bit of fun and ‘not-for-profit’ with no fees charged. It has not been ‘monetised’ to benefit from advertising revenues. It is aimed at promoting awareness of the endangered Moorand Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park.

Intrigued By The Cornish Language

Intrigued By The Cornish Language

 

Good evening, I’m Elizabeth and I live in Cornwall I’m Cornish and I speak the Cornish language. I’m a Cornish speaker.

So, I began to learn Cornish. When I was, My mother was learning Cornish too at evening classes and she came home and taught me and my brother to speak the language. Then my father learnt it too. And we all spoke the language together at home when we were eating together and so on, ‘pass me the salt’ etc. And we went to lots of events together, like Cornish Language Weekends These events were for people who wanted to learn Cornish and I remember going there with my brother and playing with all the other children who were learning Cornish. There was a large group of us in those days, and all those children have now grown up, like me and some of them are having children of their own now so that’s the next generation of people learning Cornish as children from their childhood.

 

So that’s very good. The language did die out, about two hundred years ago, but after a hundred years of nobody speaking it as a community language people began to revive it and over the last century, more and more people have learnt it. well, I wanted to return to Cornwall and do something, I didn’t know what but I was in the right place at the right time and in 2002 Cornish was recognised as an official language under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and for the first time ever there was funding, some money for the language.

And because of that, there were some new jobs, to do things with the language, and I was the second person to get a job developing the language. So I was a language officer. But now, well, I live in Truro, here. I don’t work with the language any more I don’t earn my living from it, but I still do things like this. (2.46) Tonight I am leading a Yeth a Werin (conversation group) with some people who are learning Cornish and some who are more fluent. Sometimes there are lots of us, other times there aren’t so many, but people come every fortnight to chat together. So I lead this. And also I present a radio programme, ‘The News’ on BBC Radio Cornwall, It’s the only programme in Cornish on an official radio station.

There’s another programme but that’s only available online. Besides that, well, I work at Truro Cathedral and I have a cat. My cat is called Ted. And I have a partner called Ross. So yeah, that’s all from me, I think. I can’t remember, I can’t think of what else to say. So yeah, that’s all. Goodbye!.

Above is an approximate translation. Thank you to Elizabeth, as lovely as her language!  If you enjoyed, please pass this post on.

Ed.

Who Do We Think We Are ?

A very English Sport
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According to Wikipedia, English people are a nation and an ethnic group native to England who speaks the English language the English identity as of early medieval origin when they were known in Old English as the angel’ s’en family of the angles their ethnonym –is derived from the angles one of the Germanic peoples who migrated to Great Britain around the fifth century AD

England, as one of the countries of the United Kingdom and the majority of people living there are British citizens the English largely descend from two main historical population groups the earlier Celtic Britons or Bry Shawne’s and the Germanic tribes who settled in Britain following the withdrawal of the Romans the Angles Saxons Jutes and Friesians collectively known as the Anglo-Saxons they founded what was to become the kingdom of England from the Old English England by the early 10th century in response to the invasion and minor settlement of Danes beginning in the late 9th century this was followed by the Norman conquest and limited settlement of Anglo-Normans in England in the latter 11th century in the acts of Union 1707 the kingdom of England was succeeded by the Kingdom of Great Britain over the years English customs and identity have become fairly closely aligned with British customs and identity in general today many English people have recent forebears from other parts of the United Kingdom while some are also descended from more recent immigrants from other European countries and from the Commonwealth.

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The English people are the source of the English language the Westminster system the common law system and numerous major sports such as cricket football rugby union rugby league and tennis. These and other English cultural characteristics have spread worldwide in part as a result of the former British Empire topic English nationality the concept of an English nation as opposed to a British one has become increasingly popular after the devolution process in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland resulted in the Four Nations having semi-independent political and legal systems although England itself has no devolved government the 1990s witnessed a rise in English self-consciousness this is linked to the expressions of national self-awareness of the other British nations of Wales in Scotland which take their most solid form in the new devolved political arrangements within the United Kingdom and the waning of a shared British national identity with the growing distance between the end of the British Empire and the present.

Many recent immigrants to England have assumed a solely British identity while others have developed dual or mixed identities use of the word English to describe Britons from ethnic minorities in England is complicated by most non-white people in England identifying as British rather than English in their 2004 annual population survey the Office for National Statistics compared the ethnic identities of British people with their perceived national identity they found that while 58 per cent of white people in England described their nationality as English the vast majority of non-white people called themselves British….

Thanks to Wikipedia for this info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jewel in Great Torringtons’ Crown

 

Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area digital multimedia art project.

In this short video, we talk to members of the Great Torrington Commons Conservators to find out what their local landscape means to them.

The Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area (NIA) is a pioneering project covering the greater part of the Torridge River catchment. The project works with landowners and local communities to help support, protect and connect wildlife habitats and enhance recognition that our natural heritage underpins all our lives. A healthy network of wildflower grasslands, broadleaved woodlands and clean rivers isn’t just good for wildlife. They provide food and fuel, help improve water quality, reduce flooding and offer special places for healthy outdoor recreation where human spirits are uplifted and inspired.

In addition to the more traditional work with landowners, schools programme and community work, the Nature Improvement Area Project partner Devon Wildlife Trust worked with local communities on a multi-media art project.

The resulting short films are based on “My living landscape” – a creative expression of what the local landscape, associated wildlife & understanding of ecosystem services means to each group.

Find out more about the Northern Devon NIA on their website http://www.northerndevonnia.org/

Film produced by Amanda McCormack, North Devon Moving Image

Beginning Acrylics Painting

HOW TO PAINT USING THE MEDIUM OF ACRYLICS

“I’d like to welcome you to this absolute beginners, acrylic painting course. Do you ever dream of becoming an artist, but you often put it off until you’ve got more time.

Sometimes the thought of a blank canvas staring back at you can put you in a real state of paralysis, and you can never even get started on your creative journey with painting.”

You can quickly find yourself as an art minor rather than an art creator and the longer it goes on and the longer you put it off the more it can get you down and you’ll find yourself with your paints in the paint box, rather than actually putting Your brush to canvas procrastination can really hold you back and I should know I’m world-class at it.

Often my planning and my research can go on for weeks if not months and my deadlines only just get met so for this absolute beginner, acrylic painting cause. I want to help out other aspiring artists to make that step, to stop putting it off anymore and to get paint on canvas and start their creative journey. This course is aimed as if you’re completely new, to painting using acrylics is the simplest, most effective way for an absolute beginner to learn how to paint successfully critics dry quickly. They diluted with water and throughout this course, you’ll see me constantly keeping my brush moist and adding water to the mix. I also demonstrate using a stay, wet palette, to keep your acrylics wet over a longer period of time, so you can keep on coming back to your mixes to create lovely, smooth blends.

 

It goes through everything steps by step. I introduce each new technique slowly and in an illogical, progressive sequence. The course is split into seven lessons that could be tackled daily perfect if you want to paint in a week – or you can study each lesson every weekend to give yourself a continuity in your painting practice. We’Ll cover materials and setup, colour, mixing and pigment choice, brush handling and pallet knife techniques and gels and mediums then we’ll get painting using methods that achieve great results.

Even if you’ve got no artistic training, we’ll cover a wide range of techniques, from classical realism to a more modern abstract approach. Looking at underpainting and glazing to scumbling and impasto textural effects, given an essential introduction to the wide properties of acrylics.

By the end of the course, you would have created three different painting studies and each one looking at a different style of painting. You have a really good, solid foundation of how acrylics work and then you’ll be able to build on that to develop all the paintings you’ve ever dreamt about. So why don’t you grab a brew, maybe a couple of biscuits and join me on its beginner’s course? So you can unleash your inner artist and put painter canvas”

Let me know if you enjoyed this article/video, and we will add more from this brilliant artist. His site.https://www.willkempartschool.com

 

 

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Organic Gardening – Using Animal-Based Fertilizers.

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Organic Gardening – Using Animal-Based Fertilizers.

At the Countryside Lifestyle.com site, we are always keen to promote all-natural methods of growing crops, and so our article today will hopefully enlighten you further in your gardening.

Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is coming to be much more prominent these days, and gardeners are trying to find natural fertilizers and various other natural products for their gardening demands. Organic plant foods are either animal, mineral, or vegetable-based. Animal-based organic fertilizers are a byproduct of farming and also the meat sector. Products like manures, blood meal, bone dish, and also fish items are all part of this sort of fertilizer.

Manures

Manures are the most common type of organic plant food that comes to mind to the home gardener. They can provide a whole lot of organic matter to the garden’s dirt to boost the soil’s structure. Other bird based fertilizers like a bat or seabird manure can be purchased at most local garden centres.

Blood

A blood dish is a powdered blood that is a byproduct of slaughtered pets. It has high nitrogen material, usually around fourteen per cent, and additionally has lots of micro-nutrients. It is exceptional to be utilized on leafy nitrogen loving plants like lettuce. Bone meal is typically utilized as a resource of phosphorous as well as calcium. It is the by-product of pet and fish bones. It is available in powder kind and is frequently made use of on origin plants.

Fish

Fish spin-offs are superb fertilizers, and they are available in a number of various types. There is a fish solution that remains in the fluid state as well as has a strong fish odour. It is a superb full-plant food and will certainly add needed trace aspects to the dirt for plants to take advantage of. When diluted with water it is gentle and also very reliable in stimulating the growth of young seed startings.

Powder

The hydrolyzed fish powder is an additional by-product of fish and is high in nitrogen. It is commonly combined with water and also applied as spray-on plant foliage. The fish dish is a fish by-product that is high in nitrogen and also phosphorus. It is applied to the soil and is typically a blend of seaweed, kelp, as well as fish meal fertilizer.

Horticulture

An environment-friendly and healthy way of horticulture. Organic gardening is a method of horticulture in harmony with nature. It is growing a productive and also healthy and balanced crop in a manner that is healthier for both you and also the atmosphere.

Organic

Organic gardening is ending up being extra preferred, and gardeners are looking for organic fertilizers and various other organic products for there gardening needs. Organic fertilizers are either animal, mineral, or vegetable-based. Animal-based natural plant foods are a spin-off of the farming and meat market. Products like manures, blood dish, bone meal, as well as fish items are all component of this type of plant food.

In summary then, its undoubtedly manures that are the most common type of natural fertilizer that comes to mind to the home garden enthusiast.

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