Kit List Camp Chew 2019

Kit List Camp Chew 2019

 

CAMP CHEW KIT LIST

Please note: This list is for guidance

Please label everything with the child’s name

 

General
Small backpack to carry belongings
(no large suitcases, large bags or plastic bags)
Completed and signed parent consent forms
Torch/phone with a torch (or this can be borrowed)

 

Mealtimes

1 drinks bottle (to carry a drink during activities)

1 Extra blanket for sitting on (if you have one)

 

Clothing (in addition to what they arrive in)

The number of clothes must be sufficient for 2 days /1 night with a spare set of clothes

1 Warm comfortable clothes for bedtime

2 T-shirt

1 Warm tracksuit-top / fleece / hoodie

2 Outdoor trousers or tracksuit bottoms (jeans are not ideal but ok)

2 pairs of underwear and socks (thick socks if you are wearing wellies)

1 Wellie or old trainers (as they might get muddy – or let us know the size)

1 Warm waterproof coat
1 Cap (so no hair styling needed)

1 Woolly hat (if the weather is cool)

 

Other items

1 small towel or flannel

Washing kit (minimum of toothbrush & comb)

Plastic bag (for wet/dirty clothes)
Suncream and hay fever medication as pollen counts higher in the countryside

Medication – must be named, in a clear plastic bag and handed in or if needed kept in a safe place

1 mobile phone may be brought

 

Do not take to camp:
Any food items due to allergies including sweets/snacks
Anything electronic such as electronic games, MP3 players, I-pods, etc. They are too easily damaged or lost
Shell suits/nylon clothes – extreme fire injury risk
Aerosols, matches, lighters, or any other flammable liquid or gas – these are dangerous
Anything valuable

Camp Chew 2017
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If you are not sure of anything on, or not on, this list, or do not have items then please ask Helena Craig, who can be contacted on 07798 818772 or helenabcraig@hotmail.co.uk

 

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Best Birding Apps 2019 – BirdWatchingBuzz

Best Birding Apps 2019 – BirdWatchingBuzz

One of the things I like to keep up to date with is other bird-related websites and blogs.

On the USA BirdWatchingBuzz website, there is a really comprehensive review of Apps for birding in the USA where they seem to be miles ahead https://birdwatchingbuzz.com/birding-apps/

Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl with her Leica Bins

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As I do a lot of world birding, sometimes it’s hard to know what the best Apps are that are available and good to use abroad.

I really liked the review for Larkwire, which helps you learn bird calls, as it can be overwhelming learning lots of bird song and calls in a new country. The review gives all the information you need about this and 4 other Apps.

Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl with Author Jonathan Franzen

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Become an expert packer for birding trips

Become an expert packer for birding trips

This is an article that I contributed to for the Mighty Goods website in the USA with 4 birders writing about how we prepare and pack for birding trips
One of them is Bill Thompson III who has sadly since died. The other two contributers are Jeff Reiter and Eva Matthews Lark.
 
This is one of the quesions I answered for my contributions:


What top 3 things do you bring besides the common stuff all bird watchers bring?

Can you guess what I included from one of these photos?

Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl with Author Jonathan Franzen
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl with Author Jonathan Franzen magazine cover
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl with her Leica binoculars
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl 
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl 
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Mya-Rose Craig AKA Birdgirl 
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Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer

Bird Cottage by Eva Meijer

I was intrigued by this remarkable story that the author, Eva Meijer, dug up a few years ago about one fascinating – and almost entirely forgotten – a woman who was way ahead of her time when she published her revolutionary findings on bird behaviour. I wanted to help us spread the word about her!

Len Howard, the mysterious woman behind the once bestselling Birds as Individuals and Living With Birds, was a promising violinist before she decided to ditch society and city life in order to dedicate herself to her one life-long passion – birds. Leaving London behind, she bought what is now known as Bird Cottage, a small property in East Sussex where she led a very private life, observing the curious habits of the garden birds nearby and quietly working on her research until her death in 1973.

Eva Meijer draws such a tender and convincing portrait of this eccentric recluse of British nature writing that it’s impossible not to be infected with her passion for birds! What emerges is a complex character, a restless and passionate woman that could not be pinned down by society and who continued her work regardless of the prejudice against female scientists. This is an emotionally rich and measured literary debut that brings Len Howard back to life and sheds some light on her woefully neglected research. It is being published on 30th May 2019 and I wanted to help bring the life and work of Len Howard to others!

BIRD COTTAGE

By Eva Meijer

Translated by Antoinette Fawcett

ISBN 9781782273950 | £8.99 | 256pp

NEW IN PAPERBACK

Published 30th May 2019

The beautiful and inspiring story of one woman’s remarkable relationship with British garden birds, and how it changed her life

‘I tend my herd and flock by day so I have to read into the night; I cannot put it down’ – Rosamund Young, bestselling author of The Secret Life of Cows

‘A convincing account of total dedication and self-belief, and there is beauty and joy in Len’s strange life… entertaining and thought-provoking’ – Guardian

‘Truly original… There’s a sense of birdlike lightness and agility about this episodic, elliptical novel’ – Daily Mail

‘The author’s fluid, seemingly weightless prose is perfectly matched to the birds she describes… This beautiful creation will be a source of great pleasure for birders and readers alike’ – Country Life

‘A delightful, poignant tale’ – Saga Magazine

‘A celebration of a life spent immersed in nature’ – Town & Country

Bewitching… will make you want to throw away your Oyster card and move to a remote cottage… Read it to de-stress – The Lady

 

Len Howard at her cottage in Ditchling

Len Howard was forty years old when she decided to leave her London life and loves behind, retire to the English countryside and devote the rest of her days to her one true passion, birds.

Moving to a small cottage in Sussex, she wrote two bestselling books, astonishing the world with her observations on the tits, robins, sparrows and other birds that lived nearby, flew freely in and out of her windows, and would even perch on her shoulder as she typed.

This moving novel imagines the story of this remarkable woman’s decision to defy society’s expectations, and the joy she drew from her extraordinary relationship with the natural world.

THIS AUTHOR: Eva Meijer

Eva Meijer is a Dutch author, artist, singer, songwriter and philosopher. Her non-fiction study on Animal Communication, Animal Languages, is forthcoming in English in 2019. Bird Cottage is her first novel to be translated into English, has been nominated for the BNG and Libris prizes in the Netherlands and is being translated into several languages. Eva Meijer was awarded the Halewijn Prize in 2017 for all the books she has written so far.

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Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

Where the River Runs Gold by Sita Brahmachari

 

This is a wonderful inter-generational book about a pair of 11 year olds set in the future where children have to work on farms as we have lost our bees.  This book is suitable for all generations will character across age ranges. I love the fact that the siblings have a father called Nabil, which is my cousin’s name.

 

Thank you Sita Brahmachari for mentioning me in her acknowledgements for the book. I am so proud.

 

Synopsis

Two children must risk everything to escape their fate and find the impossible . . . A brave, thought-provoking adventure by award-winning author, Sita Brahmachari.

Shifa and her brother, Themba, live in Kairos City with their father, Nabil. The few live in luxury, whilst the millions like them crowd together in compounds, surviving on meagre rations and governed by Freedom Fields – the organisation that looks after you, as long as you opt-in.

The bees have long disappeared; instead, children must labour on farms, pollinating crops so that the nation can eat. But Nabil remembers Before and he knows that the soul needs to be nourished as much as the body so, despite the risk, he teaches his children how to grow flowers on a secret piece of land hidden beneath the train tracks.

The farm Shifa and Themba are sent to are hard and cruel. Themba won’t survive there and Shifa comes up with a plan to break them out. But they have no idea where they are – their only guide is a map drawn from the ramblings of a stranger.
The journey ahead is fraught with danger, but Shifa is strong and knows to listen to her instincts – to let hope guide them home. The freedom of a nation depends on it . . .

 

To be published July 11th 2019

Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group
Blogspot www.sitabrahmachari.com

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