Sunday, February 26, 2006

Bloom in Hand

Soft pink buds, delicate accents, make these pretty little blooms.

Who's the lucky girl then?

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Chips and Burger

'Home made' junk food -- burger, chips, ketchup, onion ring, and specially added lettuce to make it not so 'junk'.

Report says people spend £2.7bn on fast food in the UK (this figure does not even include the amount spent on fish and chips). So, no need to feel guilty, you are not alone.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Herman the 'Giant Bunny'

From BBC

The mighty bunny weighs a massive 7.7kg, and his ears are a lengthy 21cm - almost as long as most pet rabbits are tall. And he is almost 1m tall.

The German Giant is even big for his breed, which usually tip the scales at around 6kg.

Herman lives in a specially built solid oak hutch and chomps his way through just over 2kg of food a day. His owner says his favourite snack is lettuce.

The giant bunny, who lives in Berlin with owner Hans Wagner, also takes a vitamin supplement to keep him healthy, and munches through a bale of hay a week.

Herman could be the world's biggest rabbit, but Guinness World Records have stopped accepting entries because of fears people were over-feeding their pets.

German Giants do not exist in the wild, and have been developed by breeders.

They can live for as long as 12 years.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

All Day Breakfast

A proper breakfast should provide us with about a quarter of our daily intake of energy and nutrients. HOHO...

Skip breakfast and you risk missing out on vitamins and minerals that are not always made up for in later meals and snacks.

(Does not look so appetizing though.)

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Sweet Tarts

Raspberry, strawberry, apple jam tart.
Tell me the name of your sweet heart.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Wake up! You've got to mate! (For 5 years!)

Daily Express 17/Jan/06 Page 21 By Geoff Marsh

No wonder he's looking pleased - this tiny dormouse has been charged with saving his race.

He will spend the next five years mating in captivity to help boost the UK's dwindling dormouse population.

The 3in - long rodent, nicknamed The Daddy, has been hand-picked by conservationists to spearhead the breeding programme funded by English nature.

Dormouse numbers have dwindled by up to 75 per cent over the past 100 years.

Conservationists launched a hunt to find a suitable candidate for the plum job of repopulating the species and discovered this 15 - gram specimen at Haldon Forest Park in Exeter, Devon.

Staff at Paignton Zoo fed him with hazelnuts and berries to swell his size to 25 grams.

Now he is sleeping off his feast until April, when females will be brought to him to mate.

The dozens of babies he will father every year will then be taken to parts of the UK, including the Midlands and the North, where the tiny creatures have all but disappeared.

Haldon Forest ranger Ian Parsons said: 'It's nice work if you can get it.

'Basically for the next five years he'll have all the food he can eat and as many females as he can handle.'

Officials say he will live for around five years. The hazel dormouse - muscardinus avellenarius - is a protected species that were once widespread throughout Britain.

Currently, the dormouse is found as far north as Cumbria and Northumberland, but the vast majority are found in the South of England.

The project to repopulate the species is part of the dormouse Species Recovery Programme managed by the people's trust for Endangered Species and funded by English Nature.

A spokesman for the PTES said: 'Dormice cannot travel between isolated patches of woodland, and therefore reintroduction and a sustainable programme of hedgerow conservation are essential.'