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Exploring London -

   A fascinating evening around Wapping with Rachel Kolsky from The Bishopsgate Library I cycled to Tower Hill tube to meet the walking tour group by the coffee tram. Kicking off with taking a look at the sundial outside the Tower Hill tube station. (If you haven't seen it yet and are in the area it's worth a look). We then set off on our walk. Visiting St Katherine's Dock first, hearing the history of the rise and fall of the docks and then onto see the fantastic views of the river Thames. By this time it was almost dark, the bridge was lit up making a spectacular view....

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Bees, Nature and Wildlife, Tips -

The autumnal months carry with them changes in our natural world. The days get colder. Animals prepare for hibernation by stocking up on fat reserves. The leaves on some trees change colour and fall to the ground. While for many, this leaf fall encourages satisfying stomping on particularly crunchy pavement treasures, it can also feel like a massive headache for those who feel they must rake and dispose of seemingly endless bags of leaf litter. But fear not! What if we were to tell you that such a drastic intervention was not only unnecessary, but unwise?   Leaf litter isn't just nature's...

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Exploring London -

The lovely Lilith Piper sketches in Highgate Cemetery, surrounded by peace and nature in the city. Highgate Cemetery is one of the Magnificent Seven. Opened in 1839 in Highgate, London. The Magnificent Seven came about after an act of parliament was passed in 1832 to encourage the establishment of private cemeteries outside of central London. Kensal Green, West Norwood, Highgate, Abney Park, Brompton, Nunhead and Tower Hamlets. Previous to this, for hundred of years, almost all London’s dead were buried in small parish churchyards, which had become dangerously overcrowded. Highgate, like many of the Magnificent Seven, became a fashionable place for burials....

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Exploring London -

Today was National Get Outside Day. We decided to head slightly further than our usual local park, on the train to find some greenery. Basil, our dog, loves a sniff around the forest especially in the autumn leaves, while the squirrels are lurking around the oak tree trunks. We're so lucky that our local station is only a few stops away from Chingford, the stop for Epping Forest. Basil is a good train rider although he often gives longing stares to anyone eating a cheese sandwich on their journey. When we hopped off the train it was only a couple...

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Exploring Dartmoor -

The forecast was good, the younger ones in the group were going to see friends, so we thought it was a good opportunity to plan a longer walk. We chose a spot with a waterfall which promised a wild swim. The perfect place to stop for a picnic. We parked in the car park near the shop and visitors centre in Postbridge. The shop has lots of picnic supplies including rather large veggie pasties. After stocking up we set off along the path. It was a warm day, so we were dressed in T shirts and shorts. The gorse growing over the paths...

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