Babs on a bike

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 bike rides

 bike rides

 bike rides

 bike rides

 bike rides

 bike rides

The Sustrans website will tell you all about the National Cycle Network in the UK which “is a series of traffic-free paths and quiet, on-road cycling and walking routes, that connect to every major town and city.  The Network passes within a mile of half of all UK homes and stretches over 14,000 miles across the UK.”

They also have a shop where you can buy maps, books, clothes and accessories etc, although you might have a good cycle shop in your own neighbourhood where you can get everything you need; or, even better, check out the second hand shops and the shops of animal-friendly charities and re-use something someone else doesn’t need any more (for a fraction of the price).

bike riding

Knit A Jumper For A Chilly Chicken

chilly chickensAt least twice a year Raystede (where Miranda volunteers) rescues ex-egg laying chickens who would otherwise be sent to slaughter at the tender age of 72 weeks.  Unfortunately, these girls have had it rough and some of them arrive with very few feathers intact.  So, at this time of year, they are very chilly and need a little help keeping warm until their feathers grow back.

So, if you feel like doing something lovely with your spare time and spare yarn, why not make some chicken-knits?

STOP PRESS:  Thankfully Raystede received so many chicken knits after they put out an appeal on local television that they’ve got all they need at the moment and they’ve taken the downloadable pattern down, so before you put yarn to needle, contact them to ask if they need any more, or find out if any other sanctuaries need them 🙂

And if you’d really like to do this but don’t know how to knit, there’s a couple of brilliant videos below to get you started:

For right handed knitters:

And for the left handed:

Knit your own Father Christmas

A bonus of Miranda working at Raystede animal sanctuary‘s charity shop is that she comes across lots of useful things like old knitting patterns and left over yarn that people have donated, which she can then buy and make use of.  And now you can make use of this one too 🙂

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And I know you might be thinking it’s a bit late in the day to start making this – the day before Christmas! – but it’s only a couple of hours’ work Miranda says, so, if you want to do something with your hands while relaxing in front of that Christmas movie, this is it! 🙂

Now, bear in mind that Miranda is very much her own person, who isn’t one for following patterns too closely, so it’s no surprise that her Father Christmas doesn’t exactly look like the picture on the pattern.  But he is very cute just the same:

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Oh, and just in case you don’t know how to knit yet – these videos (for left and right handed) will solve that problem 😉

A Walk With Alfred

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walk for health

walk for fun

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

walk for health and enjoyment

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If you’d like to go for walks in your area, the following are some sites that could point you in the right direction:

Walk Unlimited

The Ramblers Association

and here you’ll find more information about why walking is good for your health:

The Benefits of Walking pdf

and here is detailed information about getting enough vitamin D

The Vitamin D Council

Feeling Crafty?

loo roll snowmen

How about making a snowman?

At Red Ted Art they’ll show you how to make lots of cute snowmen out of toilet rolls and old socks and then you can play skittles with them!

And you don’t need to use plastic goggly eyes or felt – you can draw on the eyes and buttons or stick on some actual buttons that you’ve got lying around at home.

And don’t worry if you haven’t got any toilet rolls saved – make the cardboard rolls out of whatever you’ve got – cereal boxes for example.

And here’s how to make your own glue

Keep it vegan and recycled and you can’t got wrong!

Have fun 😀