Tortoise Diaries Part Severn

*PHOTOS TO FOLLOW* I am having trouble uploading the photos for this post from my phone, but will add them tomorrow.

Now summer is finally showing signs of arriving, Izzy is very happy. She has been into the garden a few times now when the weather has been good enough, where she hunts for dandelions and tries to eat pebbles.

The photo at the top was taken after a meal of three dandelions, and as you can see she is a very messy eater and still has leaves hanging from her mouth. This next photo is Izzy cuddling up on her woolly hat. It is her favourite place to sleep, and she gets very upset if I take it away to wash after she has got it dirty.

 

As I mentioned in the last post about Izzy, she sometimes climbs on top of her tunnel to try and climb out of her house for an adventure. I have still not been able to film her doing it, as she never seems to do it when I am watching, but here is a photo of her once she has managed to climb on top of it.

 

She is also very strong, and has recently started pushing the bathroom door open. I really want to catch this on camera to show you all, as it is very funny to see her pushing at the door with all her strength. 

As I am going on holiday in a couple of weeks, Izzy will also be going on her own adventure. She is going to stay with one of my friends and his family while I am away, and will be able to play with their son. Being a tortoise, she will be a little nervous for a few days about being in a new place, but she will soon settle in and enjoy having new places to explore. 

I hope you’ve all enjoyed reading about Izzy, and I will post more about her in the future.

 

ThestralSnidget84.

Riddle Me This Fifteen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) How far can a fox run into a grove?

Half way, after that the fox will be running out of the grove.

  • 2) With pointed fangs, I sit and wait; with piercing force, I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?

A stapler.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

  • 1) Which month has 28 days?
  • 2) What kind of cheese is made backwards?

 

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

Manchester

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Last night one of my favourite cities was attacked by a terrorist. At around 10:30pm, at an Ariana Grande concert at the MEN Manchester Arena, as thousands of people, mostly children and teenagers, were leaving, a bomb exploded that has so far killed 22 people and injured around 60 others.

Manchester is very close to my city, and I go there a lot for shopping, nights out, and Comic Con. It is a remarkable and beautiful city, that is very friendly and fun. To see so many innocent children and young people attacked is devastating, and heart-breaking.

But watching the news, I am so proud to see the best of humanity standing up against the worst. The people of Manchester have shown why the terrorist has ultimately lost his attempt to terrorise. Many have opened their doors to give room to those from outside the area who found themselves unable to get home, hotels and restaurants have given free rooms and food, taxis and other people with cars have been giving free rides to those who needed it. Members of the emergency services, while others were afraid and running away, instead ran into danger to save lives and give comfort to people who were suffering, and blood banks have had to turn people away because the amount of people turning up to give blood to those in hospital needing surgery. THAT is why the terrorist has lost. The people of Manchester, from all levels of society and all communities, have come together to help each other in the darkest of times. They were the light in the darkness, the hope that can not be beaten. They gave life.

My heart goes out to everyone who was at that concert last night, and to the families of those who have died. I can not imagine how you feel right now, and I would if I could, make your pain go away.

 

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” Bernard Williams.

ThestralSnidget84.

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (12 years and over) SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE PRECEADING BOOKS IN THE SERIES!

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Title: Allegiant.

Author: Veronica Roth.

Year of Publication: 2013 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Collins Children’s Books (UK).

Website: http://www.veronicarothbooks.com

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 3rd book in a series called Divergent.

 

Tris has had everything she once believed in destroyed, and forced to look for a new life beyond the walls of the city she once called home. But what lays beyond is not what she had hoped. All that has happened is that she has changed one set of problems for another, and these problems bring into question everything she thinks she knows about the world.

Difficult choices are in front of Tris and her friends, ones that might well mean bringing the world crumbling around them in order to build a new one out of the ruins.

There is a companion book of short stories called Four, which acts as a prequel to the series.

Thanks to Demelza for suggesting this series.

 

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Dalai Lama.

ThestralSnidget84.

Riddle Me This Fourteen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

  • 1) What has a Heart but no other organs?

A deck of cards.

  • 2) A King has no sons, no daughters, and no Queen. For this reason he must decide who will take the throne after he dies. To do this he decides that he will give all of the children of the kingdom a single seed. Whichever child has the largest, most beautiful plant will earn the throne; this being a metaphor for the kingdom. At the end of the contest all of the children came to the palace with their enormous and beautiful plants in hand. After he looks at all of the children’s pots, he finally decides that the little girl with an empty pot will be the next Queen. Why did he choose this little girl over all of the other children with their beautiful plants?

He had given them all fake seeds; so all but the little girl with the empty pot had lied, but she was the only one honest enough to say that no flower had grown.

1 House Point if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

1) How far can a fox run into a grove?

2) With pointed fangs, I sit and wait; with piercing force, I crunch out fate; grabbing victims, proclaiming might; physically joining with a single bite. What am I?

 

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.

Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Title: Red Sister.

Author: Mark Lawrence.

Year of Publication: 2017 (UK).

Publishers: Harper Voyager (UK).

Website: http://www.marklawrence.buzz/

Cost for Paperback (RRP): £7.99 (UK).

Format: Available in paperback, audiobook, and as an ebook.

Age Range: 12 and over. If you are younger than this then I suggest asking your parents first.

This is the 1st book in a series called Book of the Ancestor.

 

The Red Sisters are trained to be killers from childhood. Some are specially gifted with gifts not seen for centuries, and Nona is one of them. But not even The Covenant of Sweet Mercy truly knows what they have on their hands when Nona is brought them. She stands accused of murder, and that’s not even the beginning of what she has done.

We start on a journey, one which will change everything for Nona and the world that she lives in.

 

“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” Albert Einstein.

ThestralSnidget84.

Riddle Me This Thirteen

So, the answers to last set of riddles are:

1) Sid always complains that if people only told the truth he would sell more of his goods. What does he make?

Candles for birthday cakes.

2) Sam wanted a good nights sleep. He went to bed at 8:30pm, and set his old fashioned alarm clock for 9am. How many hours sleep did Sam get?

30 minutes, he had mistakenly set his alarm o 9pm rather than 9am.

Hopefully, you will be the smartest animal in the room.

1 House Point  if you answered one riddle correctly, and 5 if you answered both correctly.

Your riddles for this week are:

1) What has a Heart but no other organs?

2) A king has no sons, no daughters, and no queen. For this reason he must decide who will take the throne after he dies. To do this he decides that he will give all of the children of the kingdom a single seed. Whichever child has the largest, most beautiful plant will earn the throne; this being a metaphor for the kingdom.At the end of the contest all of the children came to the palace with their enormous and beautiful plants in hand. After he looks at all of the children’s pots, he finally decides that the little girl with an empty pot will be the next Queen. Why did he choose this little girl over all of the other children with their beautiful plants?

 

Good luck!

ThestralSnidget84.