I’m so looking forward to doing my first event with Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area. Me and Ann decided to pay Meeth Quarry, a Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve a visit where the event is taking place on the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd (I’ll be there on the 23rd from 11am-3pm)
It’s a beautiful place with lots of lovely little water ways,
…we even found some frog spawn!
…and some Scarlet Elf Cup fungi!
…and some Catkins,
…and I even made a friend
…but I’m very disappointed with myself that I haven’t been able to identify this caterpillar
For more information on Meeth Quarry visit
and more info on the event is here…
…and here’s a song about a frog to get you in the mood
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There is a space in our drive just the right size for a VW Campervan.
With a small spot of oil, a memory of journeys past.
A space of silence, 34 years of memories, not all ours.
A hole, never ending, dug deep inside.
Feelings reminiscent of when Jess the cat died.
A melancholy sorrow, a heart forever effected,
but unlike Jess, you can be resurrected,
because Jess didn’t have a broken camshaft,
he died of kidney failure.
Get well soon Schnecke…you can do it
Clinical studies have proven that human beings get great pleasure and satisfaction from making animal noises…OK I made this up but in my experience it is true and, obviously, there are lots of animal noises in the work I do. I often start workshops with songs that allow the opportunity to roar, bark, growl, snap and squeak inhibitions away before approaching the idea of any actual human singing. In workshops with younger children, it is often the adults who are making as much noise as they are, which is brilliant. For children to see adults making a noise, being silly, pulling a funny face and laughing teaches them the true essence of music… enjoyment. This also raises another point, that as a parent attending a workshop you can have as much impact on your child’s learning as the facilitator, but more on that another day.
I remember being a kid at infant school and standing alone in the playground. I looked at all the other children shouting, laughing and playing and thought how quiet I was being. I wanted to feel alive, I wanted to be heard, so I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, summoned a sound from deep inside and roared ‘They’re Grrrreat!’, Tony the Tigers catch phrase from the ‘Frosties’ commercials of the 1980’s. Now you could argue that this says more about my susceptibility to advertising than it does about my love of animal noises and I would be inclined to agree. However it shows that sometimes people just need to feel it’s ok to make a noise and it’s much better to make an animal noise than shout a slogan from an advert.
There’s a lot written on the power of the animal voice. You can think of it on a higher level that if you take away the language in sound we learn more clearly and honestly to vocalise our emotions and communicate in a deeper way, but for now let’s just appreciate the fact that sounding like a sheep is awesome fun and my job is to persuade you to do it!
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