Stand Up For The Planet!!!

Hello!

I just want to start off by saying, I hope you all had a good Christmas and ate lots of yummy things. I certainly fulfilled that criteria.

Now I shall come to my more serious (ish) bit. You know that thing that happens just before you’re about to go to sleep where you think of 10 thousand brilliant things you need to do or write and you think, Yes, I shall do that in the morning, and then you wake up the next morning and do nothing. Well, this happens to me a lot…. Lately, I have been thinking that I should try and actively try and encourage people to save the planet. It is a super important thing we need to do. Just before I start, I would like to say, I am not perfect at all, I still pollute my fair share but I would like this to change and if we wait till someone is perfect, there probably wont be much planet left to mend.

We are killing the Earth. In my opinion, lots of people and businesses don’t think about the impact they are going to have before they do something.  We don’t respect the land or the animals that live on it. According to the National Geographic website, swathes of forest and rainforest the size of Panama are lost to deforestation each year! We need to start looking after our planet URGENTLY. We are melting the polar ice caps and killing hundreds of animals because we have taken away their homes.

We need to start treating animals better as well as our planet. Organic meat is great and if you buy it, it has to have met this criteria (taken from the Soil Association website).

Organic farm animals:

  • Must have access to fields (when weather and ground conditions permit) and are truly free range
  • Must have plenty of space – which helps to reduce stress and disease
  • Must be fed a diet that is as natural as possible and free from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
  • Must only be given drugs to treat an illness – the routine use of antibioticsis prohibited
  • Cannot be given hormones which make them grow more quickly or make them more productive
  • Must not be produced from cloned animals

I don’t think you should be able to buy any other meat that isn’t organic because all animals deserve to be treated like this or better. Battery farming chickens only became illegal a few years ago in the UK, but I think it should have been outlawed a long time before that because the way battery farmed chickens were treated was despicable! They were fed drugs to make them fatter, quicker and they were kept in barns and never let out. The chickens were crammed in so closely, they hardly had room to move their wings. Our friends bought some live chickens from a battery farm, to rescue them and their chickens had half their feathers missing because they were treated so badly. This should never ever be the case! Just because humans are more advanced, in some ways, than other species, that does not give us the right to treat animals horribly. Animals don’t have police to stick up for them or to arrest the humans that tortured them.

We are melting our planet with global warming and ripping enormous holes in the Ozone layer. The Ozone layer is a thin  layer of Earth’s atmosphere that protects us from ultra violet rays from the sun. If we don’t change and become more eco-friendly, then we will kill the planet and everything on it. The Earth’s not going to end because the Mayans stopped their calendar, but it will end if we don’t pull our act together… We don’t have the excuse of ignorance because we know exactly what’s happening to the Earth so it’s time to do something NOW!!! We are emitting too much Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into the air and this is causing the earth to heat up – plants and trees taken in CO2 and emit oxygen but we are ripping them down and building ugly housing estates that will stay half empty.

We can help save our planet and our wildlife by:

  • Buying organic or free range produce
  • Buying food that’s grown in Britain (or where ever you live). This will mean that airplanes aren’t polluting our air as much.
  • Grow more plants.
  • Fight for the trees
  • Turn off your lights when you don’t need them (something I need to work on).
  • Switch off appliances at the socket when you aren’t using them. Just because appliances say, Standing By, they are still using electricity.
  • Swap your ordinary light bulbs for energy saving light bulbs. You can find them almost everywhere.
  • Recycle and Upcycle. Upcycling is like recycling but you can do it yourself. For example, I turned a t-shirt that was too small for me, into a scarf.
  • If you have space, think about getting chickens or other livestock. It’s economical and eco-friendly!
  • Campaigning to save the forests
  • Donating money to organizations such as WWF and The Prince’s Rainforest Trust.
  • Write to businesses and MP’s about things you think need changing
  • Write naggy blog posts like this one
  • Walk or bike short journeys instead of using the car
  • Wear fake fur not real fur
  • Tell others what is happening and how to prevent it
  • If you have a baby, use terry-cloth nappies instead of disposable ones and buy organic baby food
  • Get milk in glass bottles instead of plastic ones
  • Encourage people to buy old houses and do them up instead of moving into newly built ones. We have plenty of houses just sitting there so we don’t need to rip up big patches of land to build new houses.

These are just a small percentage of simple things you can do to start off the process of rescuing the planet. I am sorry this is so long and a bit shouty but I feel this is an important topic and we should do something about it. It needs discussing. I hope I have made an impression. Thank you for reading.

Owl xx

 

Tasty!

Sorry I didn’t manage to blog yesterday but I was worn out! A brief summary of our doings is typed here:

We got a Krispy Creme Donut from the train station then went on a Duck Tour around London…. Duck tours are were you get taken on an expedition round the most  interesting bits of London ( in this case however we did go on a Duck tour in Seattle which was cool ) in these special cars from WWII that can drive on the roads and on water!!  Speaking of war, we went to the Imperial War Museum and that was fascinating as they had exhibits about all kinds of stuff on such as, The Blitz, The Holocaust, Evacuees and much more. The Holocaust exhibition was sad but we should definitely learn from this! After all this we were starving, so we caught the tube and found a lovely Turkish restaurant where I ate a lot of fried Halloumi which is a type of cheese that doesn’t melt when you cook it and it’s lovely and salty along with some calamari and some chicken shish… Yummy!

Sorry about that; that  wasn’t really very, brief was it? Never mind. Today we went to this place called the Wellcome Institute (don’t worry, I can spell, that’s it’s name) which is this sciencey place and they had an exhibition on about brains, which is a bit gruesome but still cool. They have a bit about medicine upstairs as well, along with a collection of stuff like death masks and prosthetic limbs, shrunken heads and tooth necklaces! I highly recommend it.

Tallulah and Oscar got fluffy germ toys, which they picked themselves, as a treat from the Wellcome Institute. We managed to drop Tallulah’s in a puddle on the way home which was quite amusing, so it’s currently drying out on the kitchen table. Anyway, after the Wellcome Institute, we made our way over to Selfridges but made a pit stop on the way to an amazing chocolate shop on Marylebone High street called Rococo Chocolates and because I hadn’t gotten a stuffed germ in the gift shop as I decided I had enough stuff, Mum let me have ten little chocolates instead…. Hooray! They were luxurious; I had some ordinary flavours but I also picked some weird ones too like the geranium one. Then we stopped at a book shop called Daunt Books that is beautiful and looks a bit like a library.

Finally, we meandered into Selfridges (tis big department store) and got the mug Mummy wanted. As we were walking up to the doors we encountered a small brass band marching along the makeup  floor and followed shortly after by an impressive on man band! we also saw some plastic Corgis wearing crowns and headscarves and some brightly coloured plastic pigeons sporting very fine top hats…

Next, we stopped at a cute little cafe for refreshments and because I am a great sister, I fulfilled my sisterly duties and drank Oscar and Tallulah’s hot chocolates as they claimed they were full. Ha ha! Then we got on the next bus we saw and rode all the way until it got to the end of it’s route and got on another bus taking us back the way we had just come. After that we just walked around for ages exploring whilst looking for the right bus to take us home. Unfortunately that bus drove past us so we had to catch the next one. I would really recommend just getting on a random bus because it’s really fun.

If you have been to London before you will know how awesome it is, and if you haven’t, well, you should because you will undoubtedly love it. Just before I go I must tell you about a book I started after I finished the Deathly Hallows. It’s called Into The Woods and it was fabulous; I have finished it now and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story was based around the Pied Piper but bits of other fairy tales were woven into the story. You may think it’s soppy because it uses fairy tales but Into The Woods is really thrilling and fun to read. It’s about three sisters and this magical pipe which is desperately being hunted by the malicious baddy…

Well, I have to go to bed now, but in the meanwhile, Keep calm and carry on! 🙂

Love Owl x

London and it’s many rainy attractions…

We have come to London for half-term and despite the grizzly weather it has been really fun!

We are not here to see the Queen, in fact Mum is trying to avoid most of the crowds but we’re having a good time anyway. We have been to the Great British Library and Coram Fields which is this really cool park thing where you can only go in if you are with a kid, and they have a zip wire and big playgrounds. Also, in the summer, they have a shallow pool filled with water with little things  that spurt water….. We like fountains. If the weather gets better, Mum is going to take us to this amazing fountain on the South Bank which is concentric squares which shoot water up at different times and even though it’s freezing. I like the South Bank, they have a Wagamamas and normally there is cool things going on along the side so it is well worth visiting!

In the day, we went to this place called Highgate Cemetery and because no one else was stupid enough to go out in the pouring rain we got the tour guide all to ourselves and he was so good!!! It was really interesting and it turns out that he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for going round the globe in a double-decker and for driving a double decker on only two wheels! Also the cemetery itself was really intense and cool; we saw this little grave and apparently it belonged to this man who was this massive criminal mastermind of the Victorian Ages but he didn’t believe in violence so he was just this really clever con-man who befriended these super rich people and then robbed them without them ever knowing! He was never caught because even though all the police suspected him, they could never catch him in the act!! This was the guy James Moriarty was based on ( Moriarty is Sherlock Holmes’s arch-nemesis). There is an amazing Sherlock Holmes programme on every year and they do a few episodes but it has Benedict Cumberbatch in and he is a great actor along with Martin Freeman A.K.A Watson.

Tonight, we went and saw this poet called John Hegley who does quite comedic poems and he was fab-mazing! He signed some books for us and read some brilliant poems/songs…….. It’s really late now so I better go to bed other wise I will resemble a zombie tomorrow morning!

Love Owl

P.s If you are going to Kings Cross in London, be sure to look out for Platform Nine and Three quarters from Harry Potter! They have got a Hogwarts trolley going through the wall we all had our pictures taken with it! 🙂

Limericks

I like limericks. I used to know a cool one about a crumpet but I can’t remember it any more…… Never mind though! I made my own limerick:

There was a young man named Phillip,

who painted a cow in acrylic.

The cow kicked him hard,

right out of the yard,

and that was the end of young Phillip !!

If you know any cool ( or rubbish ) limericks, please post them on comments. 🙂

 

Love Owl xxx

Derek-dom

Hello,

I am sure you have all already heard of our gorgeous new kitten Derek! She has recently learnt to use the macs whilst we were sleeping and has written this and has asked that it be shown to the world, so I will do as she asks :

Story

of

my

Life

My full title is Queen Derek Ditch of Wheatley

however you may call me Derek.

I am only 12 weeks old, but I have already

learnt so much. My family are very lovely

and a bit on the noisy side but I’m used to

it!

I was found in a very tasteful ditch, the problem

was it was awfully damp, so I set my pussy cat

solicitor on it and I packed my bags ( which is

hard when you have no thumbs ).

I was passed around a lot . At first I was at this nice lady’s house, her name was Andrea and she has lots of tasty cows….. But she also had a small doggy called Pippa who thought I was a rat and tried to eat me.

Then I found the perfect place – there was this real nice family called the

Wheatleys so I settled in with them…..

There is Me, Oscar, Tallulah, Tilly, Mummy (squad leader )

and Daddy who is pack leader of theWheatley clan!

I have had these jabby things recently : they are supposed

to make me better but I hated them and they made me ill!

Useless!

On the bright side, I am now allowed into the garden which

is brilliant, I keep assassinating these green, thin animals on the lawn; they are so stupid they never see it coming…..

They don’t even fight back, they are no match for me, haha!

I am making a list of good places to sleep in this new house of mine and this is what I have come up with so far :

On the kitchen table

Pros: You can see all your enemies as they come round the corner

Cons: It is slightly crumby and sometimes I tread on the occasional bit of jam

Nestling on someone’s lap

Pros: It is very comfortable up there in the clouds

Cons: When they decide to do something, it can be a bit wobbly

The small piece of rug by the Filing Cabinet

Pros: Extraordinary warmth on that little rug due to the under floor heating

Cons: Very noisy when people walk past my little alcove of Derek-dom

 Thank you for reading the story of my life in these funny fonts and tricky words – To the world I am a mere

kitten, but on paper my CV is excellent!

 Yours sincerely

Derek

Well, I don’t think I can top that so I will leave you to gaze at your computer screens in awe.

Love you ,

From Owl xxx ( and Derek )

Waiter, Waiter, There’s a Fly in My Soup….

…Shush, or everybody will want one!  The crowd goes silent and the cricket knew it was her cue.

I hvae a throey to tset. Can poelpe ralely raed smohtnig taht is jmulebd up, if the frsit and lsat ltetres are in the smae pcale. If you know what this says please post the two sentences on the comment board with everything propely spelled.

When I was but a wee las,  my mum tryed for ages to try and get me to learn this joke:

What does an Owl eat?

hoow, hoow,  hoowlahoops!

I have to say a special thank you to our friend B, because she painted my nails and toe nails perfectly and now I look like a princess.

All my fellow Gleeks out there, there is a new series started and it awesome!!! Awesome is one of my favourite words along with aloof.

On Monday I’m starting my new middle school and I am so excited 🙂 You can tell that I am excited when if I need to pack, I pack my bags a few weeks in advance. I have already packed my satchel.

As I do very much enjoy amusing videos I shall share one with you now;

I hope you liked the talking cats.

See you later, Owl xxx

Something About Nothing

Here is a small poem about nothing and blogging:

         Nothing and the Blogging Owl

  Here is a poem  about nothing, sitting on my blog.

 It smells like nif and pibblesquonk , sitting on my blog.

It is the colour of nothing above the mighty Owl,

nothing and the blogginng owl, sitting on my blog.

As you can see,  this Blog post is about nothing much! Did you know that everything is nothing, so that means this post is about everything and nothing at the very same time ? It is very amazing really.

Here is a poem about Everything:

                   Everything is everything

      Everything is……

      Everything is……

      Bumble bees, jam pots,  America and Threes

     Jelly fish, Moomins, and red Iscoceles.

    But the most important everything in the very big wide world

                      is OWLS

There you go then, I have given you everything you could ever want and nothing at the same time. You have all tired me out, so I am going now .

Bye bye,  Owly xxxxx