A little bird flew onto our boat today and since we are 5 hours from land it was quite strange. I think it is a little female goldfinch. She landed on our steering wheel which was on autopilot, so it moved around a lot to keep us on course. It was extremely funny watching her go round. Thankfully the autopilot rarely goes all the way round, so there was little chance of her falling off. Still, since she was so small it was a wonder that she managed to stay on.
On Saturday we went to a big Carnival in Aciraele. It was awesome!
There were loads of people there. I brought a mask. Everyone had squirty goo and heaps of confetti. We all got confettied. The ground got covered with it.
We saw an anti GMO fruit float, another with a giant fish on it and another with people eating steak. They were all amazing! The music was really loud. There were also bands and cheerleaders. At the end we also had nutella crepes - yum!
Pompeii is a town i[n Italy that got buried during the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79AD. We visited it and walked around the streets. We looked in the houses and saw a couple of temples and statues with their heads missing. We also saw some plaster people. The scientists made them by filling holes in the lava that had been occupied by people and then they broke away the hardened lava. They were scary looking and sad. There was a poor dog too. I also saw some bread that had been trapped in the lava.
Our time in France is coming to an end. I have enjoyed France, But maybe it would have been nicer in Spring or Summer. Today it was -4 at lunch time, so not so good for getting out.
In France we have gone on lots of walks and seen loads of animals. It hasn't snowed as much as I expected, which is probably due to global warming.
The French are nice, well those that I have met, and they are extremely fast walkers. A lot of people go for walks beside the river. Very brisk no nonsense people.
The French language seems a lot more complicated than English with their masculine and feminine words. Still I have tried to learn it.
Size: 175- 250
Distribution: Widespread in Europe
Habitat : Grassland, woodland and upland moors
Where we have seen them: Troncais forest and outside our back garden.
Eat: Grasses, heather, berries, lichens and mosses, tree seedlings and the bark of trees.
Fun fact: Stags shed their antlers every spring
Evidence: The picture below
Size: 12.5-14.0 cms
Distribution: the picture below
Habitat: Spruce woods in Europe and parks and gardens in Ireland and Britain
Evidence: the picture above
Where we have seen them: outside our window in Chantelle
Eat: Spiders, worms and insects, with berries and fruit. They will also eat seed mixtures
Fact: Every continent has its own type of Robins they all look very different.
Size: 23-26 cm
Distribution:the picture below
Habitat: woodlands and parks
Evidence: the picture above
Where: Chantelle,Troncais forest and driving in the car to places around France
Eat: insects, grubs,seeds, fruit, scraps, eggs, chicks and small rodents
Fact: the Great spotted woodpecker is the most widely spread woodpecker in Europe and ranges from southern Spain to Northern Scandinavia
Eurasian Blue Tit
Size: 12 cm
Distribution: Europe, Eastern Asia and North Western Africa
Where: Outside our window eating from our bird feeder.
Evidence: The picture above
Eat: Insects spiders and seeds
Fact: Male blue tit eats caterpillars so that its breast feathers go a brighter yellow
Encounter: The birds are small and cute and the twitter around everywhere, mostly staying in pairs. Not staying anywhere for to long.
Size: 19-23 cm
Distribution: Asia, Europe, England, Wales, Russia
Habitat: Coniferous forest and temperate broadleaf woodlands
Evidence: the picture above is of the squirrel we saw running up and down the tree and we also have seen lots of squirrel scat.
Where: In Chantelle and driving in the car
Eat: Seeds trees, nuts, fungi, berries and young shoots
Fact: They can be right or left handed when eating a pine cone
On Sunday we stayed in the Loire Valley for the night. On the way we stopped at at a couple of Christmas markets. At one we saw a man and his puppet playing a weird instrument. At another they had an ice skating rink. It didn't get over 2deg all day, so was too cold to be outside for long.
At the place we were staying the night we had fun with the cat who was definately the boss of the house. The house has a pigioener at the end of the garden, built into the city wall. You can go down a staircase in it and into the new town - fifteen century like the house so not that new!
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.