2020年04月30日

PICKLES

Hi bloggers well another rainy day in London but at least it's good for the trees.
I have not yet found out how much the fur on the lost sheep Pickles weighed.(last weeks blog).   Whilst I was on google I discovered another Pickles, an enormous cat.

Pickles the cat grew to the size of a dog, he found himself in need of a new home.  At 21 pounds and more than three-feet long, he couldn't find an owner or home big enough to take him in.   He was forced to roam the streets in search of scraps of food it took a lot of searching as he has a big appetite.

He was rescued by a cat protection society, and he's now got a place to live finally.  A young Boston couple saw an advert online and took pity on him.   Now he couldn't be happier he spends most of his days on their three-man sofa or eating large platefuls of cat food.  A happy ending for Pickles.

I then started thinking about pickled food, a very popular sandwich in England is cheese and pickles.  It got me wondering about the history of pickles.

Pickling began 4,000 years ago using cucumbers native to India. Pickling was used as a way to preserve food for out-of-season use and for long journeys, especially by sea.   Pickling and food preservation developed and grew in the United States during the sixteenth century with the arrival of new foods from Europe and other parts of the world.  Although the process was invented to preserve foods, today pickled foods are made and enjoyed because people like the way they taste.

My final thoughts on picking.  We have an expressions "in a pickle" it means being in a difficult situation or in a quandary.  The origin of the phrase is said to have originated in sixteenth century Holland.
In de pekel zitten which literally translates as sitting in the pickle, meaning to be drunk.  So that's it on Pickles!!
Well bloggers wishing you a good week over and out London.











posted by MateoES at 22:13| diary

2020年04月25日

THE LOST SHEEP

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Hi bloggers how are you?  Hope you're all doing well.  London is sunny and finally the wind has dropped a bit so it's more pleasant to go out.

I read a lovely story about a sheep called Pickles in Tasmania, who had been missing for years.  Pickles was lost during the devastating bushfires.  The family looked for Pickles however no luck.

The family we're having a  barbecue on their farm in an area on their farm that they don't usually visit.  The family went home and the husband continued with his work when suddenly he found Pickles.

After the family had finished their barbecue and returned to their home, Gray said she received a phone call from her husband.   Pickles is a merino sheep bred for wool.   After seven years the sheep, was very round like an enormous ball of wool.   The family are going to use the happy story to fund raise for refugees.   Guess the weight of the sheep.

After looking at ancient trees in the UK I decided to look at ancient trees in the world. It is truly amazing, these trees have seen so many enormous changes and are still standing.
A Norwegian Spruce in Sweden was found to be the oldest tree in the world in 2008. Dubbed "Old Tjikko" this tree is truly ancient it is said to be over 2,000 years old

A Cypress tree in Iran is also believed to be one of the oldest trees in the world. Its age has been estimated to be anywhere between four thousand to five thousand years old. Local legend indicates that the tree was actually planted by none other than the Iranian prophet Zoroaster.

Bloggers have a good week over and out London.










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posted by MateoES at 16:13| diary

2020年04月17日

TREES

Hi bloggers hope you are all doing well.  In London the weather is really changeable at the beginning of the week it was hot, the temperature reached as high as 25 degrees.   Today it's cold and a northeasterly wind makes it feel so uncomfortable however the trees continue to put an incredible show of new leaves and blossoms.  It's very uplifting to see.

I saw a photo of a wonderful tree called the Jacaranda I would love to see them the colour of the blossom has a dream like quality.  The Jacaranda is native to South America.

Trees are essential to life, however they are also known to have healing qualities.  It is said, that when we’re in the presence of trees, our heart rate changes, calming and rebalancing the systems that regulate our bodies.  It is suggested that hugging a tree could be beneficial for our health.

Once trees reach a certain age they are considered ancient.  This means they have passed maturity and entered the third and final stage of their lifespan.   Ancient trees are a vital part of the UK environment. Over their long lifespans, they develop into important habitats for thousands of different species.  

In the U.K. One of the oldest trees is an oak tree in Lincolnshire it has an estimated age of more than 1,000 years!!   Oak trees are meant to be a symbol of strength, knowledge and wisdom.  I was really amazed that a tree has lived for a thousand years.

Bloggers next time you're out near trees, have a go and hug a tree.

Have a good week over and out London.













posted by MateoES at 21:42| diary