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My Oak tree

Posted: November 20, 2012 in A slice of me
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I have an Oak tree in my house. Now this Oak tree was planted way before i moved in. It must be about 50 to 100 years old. Now when i saw this Oak tree i thought hey this is a waste of space. So I decided I wanted it cut down. I called up someone and they cam round three days later. They said where is the tree? i said just there. They turned around and said we can’t cut that down. I said why? They told me that it was an Oak tree and i said that i knew that. So they told me that i will have to get the go ahead from the council to get it cut down.

So later that day  did some research and found out what had happened to the Oak trees many years ago. Now they are protected. So I thought to my self, Hey I have an Oak tree! They are protected and I have one! I was amazed by the fact that there was an Oak tree in my back garden.

But as I did more research i found out that the oldest tree in the UK was cut down in the middle of the night. I was so annoyed and this tree was history. I wanted to see it but now I can’t it is gone.

But anyway this Oak tree has been great except for when autumn comes! It is a night mare. All the leaves over my back yard it takes ages to clear them all up.

Every year this Oak tree would produce many Acorns. I would just sit and watch the squirrels climb up and down the tree collecting the Acorns. I would watch birds make nests.

But This year no Acorns came out! Not a single one. I am still confused to this day as this has never happened before. I waited and waited for the Acorns to com out. But nothing. No squirrels no nests nothing. I have done my research on why this may of happened but all I can think of is that it has been too cold.

To any one with an Oak tree has this happened to you?


Now you are probably wondering what is forest school? Well it is when you go outside and do a lesson entirely outside. Rain or no rain, snow or no snow we still got to go out side. Now back in the day were i was doing my forest school we did so many great things! we would do this once a week every week.

Everyone in my class had so much fun. We did things like making dens and making dream catchers. Sometimes we even got to do what we wanted. When we would make dens we would make tribes to go with the dens. We would make our bow and arrows (with out the arrows) and pretend to have a war. It would always be so much fun.

On the days that it would rain very heavily we would make dens. Sometimes we would be told to bring in a snack and we would have a stash or treats. We would share round the treats and have a great feast.

I remember one time I brought in some spicy crisps. I gave one to my friend telling him they were spicy. He put it in his mouth and said “this isn’t spicy” as soon as he had said that he screamed for water. We laughed and I said want another one?

Forest school was one of the best lessons ever as we wouldn’t be set a certain piece of work we could do some of what we want and do a bit of work in between playing. We wouldn’t have to sit down and write out answers we would be told that we were going to make a den or make a dream catcher and we would go off and do it whilst playing and having fun.

When we would make things like dream catchers we would have to use the things that we would find off the ground and not rip leaves off trees or take a branch of a tree. We would just use what we could find. This was probably the best lesson ever.

What else was good about this was we didn’t have to do homework for this subject. We would just be able to have fun outside.Also sometimes we would go off adventuring. We would take a walk across several different fields for about an hour. This was all great fun too!

Now the bad side to this is we never got to do this in secondary school. I don’t understand why we couldn’t do it as there were lots of wooded ares were my school was. I still don’t understand to this day why we couldn’t do what we used to do. To me secondary school was all work and no play.

Play is more important than you think. Studies show that if children have no time to play, there working level goes down. So does their grades which can be really bad if you are just about to take your test. This is why all schools give you time to have a break and just take your mind off work.

Forest school was such a special day for me but in secondary school that day was gone. I see that even to this day they still don’t do forest school in secondary school.

Did you ever do forest school? what is your story?

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The average person takes nine minutes in the shower and has five showers a week, new research from E.ON has found. Women also typically take longer in the shower than men, the report.

But by reducing your average shower time by two minutes, the average home could save £20 a year, on top of the environmental benefits of saving water and energy.

By timing our showers on a typical day, I found that my husband spent just seven minutes washing, while I lazed under the water for a whole 12 minutes.

Being slightly obsessed with finding ways to save on bills, I decided to cut more than two minutes off my daily shower. If my husband can manage just seven minutes then I decided I would not spend more than that.

After investing in a dedicated shower timer (and then replacing it with my existing egg timer because it was easier to work), I was ready to go.

For the last three days, I have set a timer for seven minutes, thinking that at least that way I’m not costing more than my other half. I thought it would be easy.

It’s not. Getting clean and getting out in seven minutes flat means there’s no time for staring into space, vaguely wondering whether to have muesli or porridge for breakfast. There’s definitely no time for using that ‘3 minute miracle’ conditioner I like.

It’s bad enough waking up to an alarm, but having to leap out of the shower at the sound of a bell is even worse.

A price worth paying

I doubt very much that I will keep the timer in the bathroom. I also don’t think the financial savings are that impressive – £20 a year by cutting back two minutes in the shower isn’t actually that much.

For a household where everyone showers every day, it’s less than 0.05p a day. I like small savings that add up, but this one doesn’t seem that impressive to me.

However, I do like the idea of cutting down on wasted water from an environmental point of view.

According to the Environment Agency, the average UK family uses 500 litres of water a day, including communal appliances – that equates to 1.5 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year.

That’s quite a strong argument in favour of cutting down. In short, I’m going to ditch the alarm but I’m also going to make a concerted effort to speed up my showers.

Ways to cut water use

Even though the savings made by cutting two minutes off your shower aren’t that huge, reducing water use in your home more generally can save money.

Here are some tips for cutting back:

Fix your drips – According to the Energy Saving Trust, a dripping tap can waste more than 5,500 litres of water a year.

Be more efficient – Attach a flow regulator to your shower and cut the water it uses (Don’t try this with electric showers though as they could be damaged).

Reuse unused water – Don’t throw away leftover water, instead, poor them into houseplants. The same goes for running the tap to get it hot – catch the water and use it elsewhere.

Don’t run the tap unnecessarily – Turn it off while you brush your teeth or shave. Also, most modern showers are hot straight away, so don’t run them before getting in. Consider turning off the shower while lathering up – and use a shower puff or sponge as they lather up really quickly.

Buy efficient models – When you come to replace your bathroom fittings, consider investing in more efficient models like low-flush and duel-flush toilets – saving up to six litres per flush! More efficient appliances like washing machines also use less water and electricity.

Ask for help – Some water companies will issue free cistern hippos and other water-saving devices, get in touch with yours to see if it offers any help.

Turn down the temperature – This isn’t to suggest you should have a freezing shower, but turning down the dial a few notches can save real money and you’ll soon stop noticing. Also, it’s better for your hair and skin.

Think about where else you can shower. If you work out or go for a regular run, you might need more than one shower a day. But if you could time your fitness regime so you shower at the gym, the pool, or even at work if there are facilities, you could really make a difference to your water and heating bills.

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is that our money just disappearing? what do you think?