Monthly Archives: March 2013

Dancing parrot

Look at this funky birdy! It’s having such a great time! This little guy made my day and I hope it is raising a little smile on your face as well. Happy friday!

Springtime at Leeds Castle in Kent, England – Photo Guide

Last year during Easter time I’ve visited Leeds castle and I can say that it is one of the most beautiful and enchanted places that I have seen, with the wide castle grounds making you feel like you are right in a Disney film or The Secret Garden (read here!).

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Leeds Castle is built on one three small islands surrounded by a lake.

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In April, beautiful cherry blossoms bloom everywhere.

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Who doesn’t get spring fever when seeing these?

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You can walk through the huge castle grounds and watch squirrels playing in the grass.

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The history of Leeds Castle goes back to the eleventh century and the castle had housed many famous people of the past such as King Edward I, King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.

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I couldn’t stop taking photos. There was magic in every corner.

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This is one of my favourite shots. The scenery was just so romantic.

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I’m proud of this shot. No words can describe how lovely this huge meadow of flowers looked.

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This shot reminds me of this little guy.

I can highly recommend to everyone to visit Leeds Castle. It’s a must-see for everyone who loves nature, beauty and history! Whether you plan a family day trip, or like to take great photos, or need to de-stress, or simply want to enjoy beeing at one of the most beautuiful spots in England – Leeds Castle will enchant everyone. Let me know what you think of Leeds Castle if you’ve been there!

What kind of vegetables my hamster can eat

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While browsing through some hamster forums and q&a platforms i came across many hamster owners that seem to not know how a proper diet looks like for their little pet. I even read a post of one person who wasn’t aware that hamsters regularly need fresh food.

That’s why I thought I make a small list with all fresh vegetables that you can give our furry little friends without doing any harm, and which ones you should avoid.

You can give your hamster the following vegetables:

    Cucumber
    Tomato
    Carrot
    Broccoli
    Pepper
    Fresh sweetcorn
    Courgette
    Fennel
    Pumpkin
    Celery
    Beet root
    Lettuce and spinach (only small amounts)

Give fresh vegetables once a day. Make sure that you remove all green bits ( i.e. tomato) as well as the soft inside ( i.e. cucumber). Always give just a little bit so that the hamster doesn’t hoard it. If he does, remove it before it starts to rot. Ideally give a choice of 3 to 5 different types of vegetables.

! Do not give:

    Any bulbous plant, like onion or chives
    Any cabbage, like white cabbage, red cabbage or Brussels sprouts
    Raw potato
    Raw peas
    Beans
    Aubergine
    Avocado

These can make your hamster feel ill as they are hard to digest and may cause diarrhoea or flatulence. Ok, that just made me giggle.

More posts will follow with some advice on what fruits, herbs and what kind of protein you can give to get a happy hamster.

By the way, I get most information about hamsters from diebrain, a great and very detailed (German) website with information and guides for rodent owners.

What is your hamsters favourite kind of vegetable? Hazel loves loves loves tomato!