The Tulip Tree

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I found this massive leaf, when walking around the farm where we live!! It’s huge!!! A knowledgeable friend told me that it’s blown off of a tulip tree. I researched about them and found out that it’s sometimes called canoe wood as  the native americans used to make canoes out of their light, buoyant trunks.

It was also the native americans that first discovered it’s medicinal purposes too. It’s roots can be good mixed with whiskey and taken as a cough tonic. The leaves can be made into a poultice and applied to burns, wounds and inflammation, some people used it to treat arthritis!!!!

It’s Latin name is, liridendron tulipifera , meaning ‘ lily tree bearing tulips’.

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Forgetful Friday

Yesterday I went to our swimming lessons and when I got home I thought I’d left my library book and a work book at the sports centre.  It was full of everything I’ve done, my school work, my letters, my projects, everything.  I panicked and called up the pool asking them if they’ve found it, they hadn’t. I am always forgetting things and leaving things behind, simply because I’m not concentrating .  I was really upset because they were important to me.  Dad said I’ll learn my lesson and at least I won’t forget so easily again.

In the morning we found them in the car and I’ve learnt my lesson.

Hopefully……………..

Raystede Animal Rescue Centre

Raystede Animal Rescue Centre Yesterday I went to Raystede with a group of home-ed friends.  We learnt about ‘adaptation’ – how animals adapt to their environment.  I met a Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, called Edwina, who had lost many of her feathers and a Mediterranean Tortoise called Megan, who poo’d on the floor. Raystede is really cool, it rescues, looks after and then tries to re-home as many animals as possible.

Lovely Lady

Check this out, it’s probably my best poem ( I wrote it).

LOVELY LADY

Once I saw a lovely lady, she was standing right there, her eyes were deep blue and her hair was blond and fair.

I doffed my cap as I walked up to her, her rich red lips parted as she said, “Good evening sir.”

She spoke with a lilt and some spring in her voice, I had no choice, but to say, “lovely lady, would you take a walk with me?”

“With you?” she said, as she took out her parasol.

“Yes,” I answered, “we’ll go down to the park and watch the puppet show”.

So I took her arm and we walked down the road, down to the park and the Punch and Judy shows.

We walked up the avenue of trees, we sat on the grass and listened to the peaceful humming of bees.

I picked her a flower and we sat together for many an hour.

Until she said she must go, she hurried away and said she’d be back next day, but I never saw that lovely lady again.