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Fancy your feet nibbled by fish?

Garra Rufa fish nibbling feetLife is full of new experiences, and having your feet nibbled by fish is certainly one of them!

I tried it at the weekend and I have to say it was great, after the initial shock!

Your feet are washed quickly, then you sit on a bench above a tank and plunge in both feet together among goodness knows how many little fish (and no shortage of pirhana jokes!)

They all rush in one quick movement and latch on to your feet and ankles and legs – and they tickle! It’s just such a surprise.

Apparently, my reaction was very satisfying because I shrieked – can’t believe there’s anyone who doesn’t!

Once you get used to the tickling sensation, you settle down for fifteen minutes of being grazed, and the fish take off all the dead skin. Afterwards your skin feels lovely and smooth.

The fish are Garra Rufa fish from Turkey, and they seem to be taking off in a big way in the UK. There’s a craze for being nibbled by fish (it’s not often you get to say that!)

Afterwards we went for coffee and cake!

 

Raisin Parkin

Raisin ParkinJust thinking about making some Raisin Parkins (p.153 of this year’s Dairy Diary) – as a contribution to a tea party – and realised it’s been Volunteer’s Week from 1 to 7 June. There have been lots of charitable events round the country so I hope they all went well. I’ll make a note for next year and meanwhile get on with the raisin parkins.

 

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Competition | Win a copy of Favourite Countryside Birds

Win a copy of Favourite Countryside Birds

Favourite Countryside Birds is a beautifully illustrated book featuring 28 of our most awe-inspiring feathered friends.

Win Favourite Country BirdsPacked with colour photographs and wonderful drawings from wildlife experts, Favourite Countryside Birds is a book you’ll refer to time and time again.

The layout is clear and presents the facts and folklore behind Britain’s best-loved countryside birds in an attractive and easy to read style.

We’ve searched the fields, hedgerows, woods, heaths, streams and ponds throughout Britain to discover our favourite countryside birds. For brilliant plumage, head straight to the kingfisher; for divine singing, turn to the nightingale; for daring acrobatics, flip to the nuthatch; for sheer speed, a peregrine is unbeatable – and you’ll find more awe-inspiring birds as you turn the pages.

For easy reference we have arranged the birds according to their preferred habitats: farmland and grassland, woodland and coppice, heathland and moorland, waterways and wetlands.

Six pages are devoted to each bird plus a fully comprehensive factfile for each provides fascinating and essential information at your fingertips – everything at a glance to help you identify and understand your favourite countryside birds.

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Springwatch

Dorset is beckoning us on our annual family jaunt next week and Springwatch has been getting me particularly excited – its countryside and wildlife look just beautiful.

That was until Simon King mentioned the huge spiders – the size of the palm of his hand!! We might have to rethink our holiday destination quick.

Take a look at the Springwatch website. There are great ideas about what to make and do, and where to go in the great outdoors http://www.bbc.co.uk/breathingplaces.

Favourite Countryside BirdsOur Favourite Countryside Birds book provides the perfect guide on breeds to look out for. Explore the fascinating facts and charming folklore behind Britain’s best-loved countryside birds, in fields, moorland, woodlands and waterways.

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