Monday, 1 September 2014

Vegan Store

I have been doing a declutter and decided to unsubscribe from most of the mailing lists I am on. However although I unsubscribed from vegan store's mailing list, I really like this company because the shoes and boots I buy from it like my feet, and I find out about new products.
So in a few minutes you will see a link added to vegan store on the right with the other sites I like.

Recycling for newspapers, clothes, shoes

Recently we have been saving our newspapers to take to
Newcastle Cat and Dog Shelter. It is sorely needed for the cats and kittens at the shelter.

Nowadays a lot of people have kerbside recycling for newspapers, and while this is a good thing, it means people have less newspapers hanging around. Also due to the dire state of the local economy and high price of newspapers, less are bought. Also, more people look at their news on the internet and don't bother with the actual newspaper.
So if you have a stash of newspapers, consider your local animal sanctuary before throwing it away.

I also know that West End Refugee Service are in need of more clothes and shoes for their clothing store.
This is a service where users of the project can get some clothes to wear from what has been donated. For those who are destitute this can make a big difference. Warm and weatherproof clothes and shoes are particularly useful. If you have some clothes or shoes that you were thinking of passing on, then this would be a good place for them.

Leazes Park Flower Bed



Leazes Park is starting to look a bit autumnal now.
However the flower bed near the bandstand is still looking fabulous.

Himalayan Balsam at Ouseborough Wood

You can see its taking over.
Almost covering the "County Durham, Land of the Prince Bishops" sign (which shows the border of Tyne and Wear and County Durham).

I have seen this plant before and it does tend to monopolise. It is so big and it doesn't seem to want to share its space with anyone else.
More info here




This plant is not great news for biodiversityhowever on most of the leaves some little snails were to be found.


Ouseborough Wood

Ouseborough Wood is a small ancient woodland in the Gateshead district, not far from Beamish. Lots of information about the wood is available on the internet, with details of its industrial past, downloadable wallking guided and maps. Just search for Ouseborough Wood.
I'm experimenting with uploading the photos without shrinking them, as I have been told they have been coming out as too small. Let me know what you think.







Ancient woodland (top), and a bark pattern and moss on an old tree stump.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Tyne Riverside Country Park



The Tyne Riverside Country Park is great for easy walks all year round.




A lot of Tansy was growing beside the path.
Apparently one of its many uses is to deter cats, as they dislike it.

You can actually cross two counties (Tyne and Wear and Northumberland) in this park.

Barrack Road Wildflower Meadow



The wildflower meadow was planted in the spring, and as the poppies are dying off these daisy style ones are coming into full bloom.
I have kept the photo full size deliberately to show how pretty it is.