Early Easter Present at the Wetlands

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 Early Easter Present at the Wetlands

Wardens at WWT London Wetland Centre are celebrating an early Easter present after three rare Nene goslings recently hatched.  Only about 1,000 Nenes – pronounced ‘nay-nay’ after their call –  survive in the wild in their native Hawaii.  The goslings are out just in time for Easter; the proud parents seem unconcerned about the fuss their offspring are causing among visitors to London Wetland Centre!

Nene Goslings at the Wetlands Centre

Nene Goslings at the Wetlands Centre

 

Nenes, otherwise known as Hawaiian geese, are close to the hearts of staff at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) as Sir Peter Scott, who founded the Trust, established a captive breeding programme in the 1950s.  At that time less than 30 Nenes survived in the wild.  Thanks to a reintroduction programme by WWT in the 1960s there are now between 1000 – 2000 Nenes in the wild. Approximately 25,000 of the birds inhabited the Hawaiian islands in the 18th century but the introduction of predators by Europeans, as well as hunting, caused the population to decline.

They are distantly related to Canada geese, a common site in London, evolving from them about 500,000 years ago.

Wetlands Centre

Wetlands Centre

WWT London Wetland Centre is a 105 acre wetland visitor centre in Barnes, southwest London, an international award-winning visitor attraction and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is home to a wide range of wildlife species including birds, water voles, bats and amphibians. Facilities include six wildlife hides, the Water’s Edge Café, an Observatory, a gift shop and free car park. The Centre also has indoor and outdoor adventure play areas for children.

WWT London Wetland Centre
Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, London SW13 9WT

Successful volunteering with Natures Gym

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It looks like Nature’s Gym and The Friends of Palewell Common & Fields had a successful volunteering day which is great to hear.

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Successful volunteering with Natures Gym

The Friends of Palewell Common had a vey successful volunteer day on the morning of 19 March.   Eight volunteers turned up to work with Nature’s Gym, Richmond’s nature conservation contractor to plant new native wild flowers in the orchard area on the playing fields.  We started at our regular time of 10.00 and finished by noon.
We started by clearing the grass from about a dozen small areas for the new plants to give them a better chance to grow through.  We had a large number of established wild flower plants – red campion, field scabious, devilsbit scabious, meadow cranesbill and cowslip.   We also had a number of native daffodils to add to those we had planted previously which were coming into flower.

Volunteering with Natures Gym Volunteering with Natures Gym

After laying them out we set to planting

Volunteering with Natures Gym Volunteering with Natures Gym

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Time to make bookings for Find My Sport 2015.

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Find My Sport 2015 – Time to get booking!

Find My Sport 2015, at Shene Sports & Fitness Centre on Sunday 19th July, is open for booking from next Monday 23rd March. The event is for primary school children and offers scheduled coaching plus a host of fun activities. From Athletics to Tambourelli it’s time to find out what sport makes your child’s eyes light up.  www.findmysport.net You can also find Find My Sport on Facebook so like them now and keep up to date with what is on offer.

As written by 

Michele Colt
Event Director
Find My Sport
 Sport 2015 Save the Date

Sport 2015 Save the Date

If you are not sure, you can look up my own personal review for the 2014 Find My Sport session here:- A great sporting extravaganza, Find my Sport 2014

Thursday 19th March 2015 – join Nature’s Gym at Palewell Common for a green fingered event!

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Living in East Sheen:

Don’t forget that the Nature’s Gym team will be down at Palewell Common & Fields tomorrow, 10am start if you want to help out at our lovely green space.

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Thursday 19th March 2015 – join Nature’s Gym at Palewell Common for a green fingered event!

As usual Gina from Nature’s Gym will be at Palewell Common with her van of gardening implements at 10am.

The meeting point is Pistachios, if you have an hour or two to spare, please pop down and say “hello”.  It is always a relaxed affair and something usually to be learn’t from Gina and social banter!

We hope to manage to plant some wild flower plugs in the orchard area as well as tidying and enlarging the dead hedge.  There is lots of removal of ivy to be done in the woods and pruning of any areas of lavender.

Lots to be done, plenty of help would be muchly appreciated!

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4Paws in the Park – Job Vacancy

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4Paws in the Park – Job Vacancy

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

Background

4 Paws in the Park is a Premier dog walking & pet service business based in East Sheen, established for 4-5 years.
We hold all the necessary insurances and are registered with NARPs (National association of pet sitters) & a member of APDW (www.apdw.co.uk – Association of professional dog walkers).

Services offered:

  • Dog walking
  • Doggie daycare
  • Boarding
  • Dog & cat feeding

Areas covered:

  • Mortlake
  • Barnes
  • East sheen
  • Putney
  • Richmond
  • Kew

4 Paws in the park (www.4pawsinthepark.com)

Vacancy

Due to popularity of our  dog walking, we are looking for someone to join the team.
If you have a massive passion for animals, experience of working with them, and want to earn money doing something you love, then this could be the position for you.
  • You need to be a genuine animal lover and have plenty of experience being around animals
  • You must be fit and healthy as it can be an active job
  • You must be  honest, trustworthy and reliable
  • You must have excellent presentation and communication skills
  • You will need to provide a current Police background check and two outstanding written references
  • You will need to own your own vehicle

If you feel that you meet this criteria, then we would love to hear from you. please send your details with attached references to: jobs@4pawsinthepark.com. if you have any questions, please call 07570309763.

If you wish to find out more about us please visit our website:- 4 Paws in the Park 

4Paws in the Park

4Paws in the Park

 

Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th March 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th March 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

There is a huge selection of items, from jewellery, crockery, books, war memorabilia and more and the stall holders don’t mind the odd haggle, just make sure you don’t get haggled up!

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk

The Changing Seasons of Richmond Park – February

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I have undertaken to partake of a challenge run by a fellow blogger called Cardinal Guzman.  The idea is to photograph somewhere, ideally the same place, once a month over the course of a year, finishing off with a lovely portfolio of said ‘area’ at the end, showing the Changing of Seasons.

I have of course chosen my favourite area, that being Richmond Park.

If you wish to see more about the challenge specifically, please click here – Monthly Photo Challenge:  The Changing Seasons (click the link to pop by his blog and read all about it).

You can catch up on the seasons by clicking the category section named “Changing Seasons”

I have presented the photos in a gallery but if you are looking at them from a desktop you might one to click each one to make bigger, if you are so inclined and see that each one is labelled :-D

Richmond Park

I went around the daffodil area of Palewell Common and Fields and was delighted to see the pretty flowers blooming and trying to make a Spring like appearance.

I am sure there must be some kind of story behind the owl in the tree, does anyone know who put it there, how long has it been around?

You will note no deer in this picture they are no doubt tucked away in the forest for it is deer culling season.

My children always love charging down the hill on their bikes which puts the fear of god in to me, it didn’t seem to scare one lonesome bird, of course I never get any birds face on but back end, it seems to be the same case with the deer, though their bottoms are prettier.

It is always a joy to see the various ‘dens’ built by children that pop up around the park.

One of my favourite views is the skyline where you see the striking difference between urban and rurul with the high rise blocks in the background.

Here we have the pond, the swan here seemed to be making a beeline for someone, it really was quite dramatic.  My children spent ages just sitting by the water’s edge for a change not making a noise, I wonder what it was that was catching their attention?  You will see of course some of our well known visitors the parakeets shaded by the setting sun, I almost didn’t recognise them as they were devoid of their greenery in this light.

Next we have the benches which is always a bit of fun for me there was quite a busy time to be had on them in a short period.

A little bit of macro.

We are further down the park now, nearer my favourite tree.  This is where my son plays at leaping over the water, always, always getting wet though he promises every time he won’t.

Wise and majestic

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

Changing Seasons Richmond Park February

My favourite tree, again I am sure there is a story behind this great live wooden sculpture, perhaps someone will tell me?

My son on my favourite tree, a place he always goes to.

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

Changing Seasons Richmond Park Februa

I hope you have had pleasure viewing this photo gallery, if so please share on facebook and tweet, share the love! Justine x

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Apple and Bees Health Food Shop’s new juice bar review!

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Apple and Bees Health Food Shop’s new juice bar review!

It is not unknown for me to pop weekly in to our lovely local health food shop, Apple & Bees to buy my favourite night time drink, Tea Pigs Rooibos Creme Caramel Tea.   Yes a real treat as it is a tea that does not contain caffeine.

However after having seen the Instagram pic from East Sheen Village mentioning the new juice bar, I could not help myself but ‘pop’ by again today on my way around on my Saturday shop.

Now I have recently bought a Nutri Bullet and been experimenting not only on myself but the kids.  So I was super keen to see how a green juice would taste from the experts.  I have already tried a home made one with spirulina, but it ended up smelling rather like pond weed which wasn’t attractive.  So when being offered two types available this day, one containing spirulina the masochist must have come out in me as I said “yes I will have one of those”.

Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie

I gingerly opened it up as I got out of the shop and there was an audible “phew” as there were no traces of pond anywhere.

It was utterly delicious and quite a cocktail.  It is a coldpressed juice containing Spirulina, apple, cucumber, celery, lemon, broccoli, kale, spinach, ginger, chlorella, wheatgrass and barleygrass.  I will definitely be trying this one again.

It’s a great way to have that healthy fix in the day, especially when you are on one of those lows that catch us mid afternoon, or to boost your immune system after all the cold bugs the kids bring home, or indeed to get a bottle in to your kids bag on the way to school when they won’t eat breakfast.

Let me know what you try if you pop along there to quench your thirst.

Happy Weekending, Justine x

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Beauty is Blossiming

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Beautiful flowers beginning to show perhaps just a touch of Spring trying to peek through?

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Beauty is Blossiming

Flowers are blooming in Palewell Common & Fields you will find these around the daffodil area where the paddling pool used to be.

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th February 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

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Sheen Lane Antiques Market Friday, 6th February 2015, 9am – 1.30pm

The market is back now, the first session of 2015, let’s see what bargains and trinkets are to be had.

Antiques market this friday

Antiques market this friday

There is a huge selection of items, from jewellery, crockery, books, war memorabilia and more and the stall holders don’t mind the odd haggle, just make sure you don’t get haggled up!

Thank you for reading, Justine x

© Justine Nagaur LivinginEastSheen.co.uk