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What’s this whopper of a mushroom?

Posted by on September 5, 2013
Look at this handsome specimen! (The mushroom’s quite nice, too…) Can anyone ID it?  
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That impossible beach

Posted by on August 30, 2013
It’s 97 km from the nearest coast, but Gaddings Dam has got a corner of sand that’s silky enough to lie on, firm enough to make a castle out of, and pervasive enough to get in your sandwiches. From what other beach could you enjoy a startlingly beautiful view over the south Pennines? Because at 240m above sea-level, you can look straight...
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Everyday wildlife: lime hawkmoth

Posted by on June 30, 2013
Found in a friend’s front yard.
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Just off the Horsforth roundabout in Leeds, there is a little gem of a place selling huge bunches of asparagus (three for £5). We walked with my father-in-law all the way from Pudsey, along paths and by meadows I never knew existed. Here’s where we ended up, and here’s what we did. I can’t even begin to describe how good this stuff...
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Who needs wellies?

Posted by on June 4, 2013
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Painting by bunny-hop.

Posted by on June 1, 2013
What do you get when you take an old roll of wallpaper, some paint, and two little girls who like doing jumpy-bendy-flippy stuff? Gymnastics, painted, that’s what.  
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Check your age category and group. Register and get your number perma-marked here… …and here. Find the transition area. There are lots of marshalls around to help. Get the talc out. Lay out your top, towel and trainers (liberally talced). Listen to the briefing. When the time comes, join your group poolside. Manage your nerves. Swim...
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Snowed in? Us? When the heavy snow fell back in March, it was too good an opportunity to miss. We caught the train from Bramley to Walsden and stumbled over the hill to Todmorden, at times sinking up to our thighs in snow. On the way we found enormous icicles, had dramatic views over the Calder Valley, dug snow holes, slid down the snow bank at the...
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What eats boiled lettuce?

Posted by on May 2, 2013
Answer: tadpoles! I vividly remember collecting dozens of tadpoles to ‘grow on’ in a tank, when I was about 10 or 11. It was a complete disaster, because I didn’t have a clue what to feed them. They all died, and I felt so bad about my lack of tadpole husbandry skills ever since that I’ve never dared try again. But that’s...
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Three-quarters of UK teens are worried about how global warming will affect them – and people elsewhere in the world, according to a Unicef survey. They want the government to take action and show strong leadership. That same government, has of course been busy drafting new national curriculum guidelines that will remove discussion of climate...
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