Weed, Weed, Waterboatmen

Weed, Weed, Waterboatmen - blog post image

Today tales from the riverbank can report weed, weed and more weed! The river is so thick with it, it dragged on the keel of my kayak and tugged at my paddles. My friend’s at Cuckoo Weir Island tell me weed is a swan’s main diet and the size of the bird’s territory is determined by the amount of such natural food which

would explain why, as well as the weed, I also had to navigate a quite few swans this morning. Amongst other things they share their food with waterboatmen that scuttle across the water’s surface. Some people call them Jesus bugs and it is easy to understand why, according to National Geographic they are ‘the most advanced water surface dwellers found in nature! They use their soft tube shaped mouths to suck in nourishment from the weed and algae which they dissolve by spitting on it then sucking in the juices.






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The Phantom Lollipop Man! - blog post image

The Phantom Lollipop Man!

Review to follow (busy week!) but, as you can see, I adored this hence its position as the March Book of the Month!  



Igniting Writing is a creative writing club hosted at Wokingham Library and completely free to attend. The club provides a fun, relaxed atmosphere where 11-18 year-olds can develop their storytelling and writing skills. Writing can be a bit of a solitary activity, so this provides a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held on Saturday mornings, 10:30am to 12noon, and focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts 'guest speaker' sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it's a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros!