A group of us went on a sponsored walk to raise some money for Inwoods (my old primary school). It was a nice 12km trip around Old Winchester Hill and I managed to raise a fair bit of money.
We met up at the Bucks Head in Meonstoke. There were three dogs, and surprisingly more adults than children. First we set off on the road and then we turned to the right as if we were going into somebody’s Garden, but sure enough there was a sign saying public footpath. We walked through a field of tall grasses, went under an archway into the woods and then there ahead of us we saw an old railway bridge.
We then walked on through fields of flax and passed farmyards until we saw Old Winchester Hill. We climbed up and as we got to the top it got very windy. At the top of Old Winchester Hill is an old Bronze Age village. We played king of the hill on the mounds with the dogs until we got hungry so we went to a nice closing of yew trees to eat.
I was just sitting down to get out my sandwich when a girl called Josie cried “a snake, a real snake!” We all looked around and saw a camouflaged adder. In fact, it was so camouflage that Josie had nearly stepped on it. We crowded round to look at this amazing adder. Earlier on that walk my friend Tarn had said that he had never seen an adder before and I thought that it was such a coincidence that we saw an adder that day. The adder was overwhelmed by the lot of us and was curled up in fright.
After we finished eating we cleared up and set off again. We came to an enclosed path that looked like the bottom of a river bed. Tarn and I thought that this was a great place for biking. At the end of the path we came to a busy road that we crossed and went to a village where my friend Harry lived. We met him playing on these amazing go-karts.
We said hello and carried on walking and soon we came to the edge of a roundabout and ended up back in the pub. We had some hot chocolate and that was the end of the day.
I managed to raise £70. A friend of Brockwood said that if we raised any amount of money before the beginning of October he would triple it. Therefore this lovely walk and chance encounter with an adder has made me raise £280 towards an outdoor covered space.
Everyone knows that plastic waste is a problem. The sea is full of it. So what can we do about it? One thing we can start with is stopping buying disposable plastic bottles. Bottled water is costly, not just in terms of money. Companies selling bottled water have been criticised and some places have even banned their sale!
Choose a bottle you like – preferably not plastic – or at least free from potentially harmful chemicals, and remember to take it with you before you leave your house.
I made a fun video clip to spread the message…
This is a picture of my dad a year ago:
He got rid of the beard last summer and shaved his head two weeks ago.
Yesterday noticing how fast it was growing, I decided to make a photo project of it. So today he shaved again so we could start from zero. This is my first photo.
I want to take pictures of his head everyday until his hair is long and curly again. It may take a long time but I will try to make it interesting by using a green screen and make a fun stop motion video of it.
I will be putting the photos on Y’s photos.
Last Monday, I went to a sculpture park in Goodwood near Chichester with a group from Heartwood. We saw some really amazing sculptures there. Two of my favourites were made of lots of sheets of glass stacked on top of each other to make a really nice effect.
One of them was like a tower and had special coat which reflected in different colours. My dad said that they used these type of films on glass buildings to filter the sun rays and for the look a bit like sun glasses.
My other favourite was a staircase that looked like it went on for ever if you looked at at from certain angles.
Each step was made of lots of triangle pieces of glass held together with a metal rod which went through the middle of each step.
There were some other sculptures which were intriguing, like one that was made of mirrors and I could see myself lots of time.
There was one that did not look too interesting from the outside. It was made of two very big pieces of granite which had been carved out and had lovely patterns inside. The inside could be seen through a small gap. As I am very small I was the only one who could squeeze through the gap.
Finally, there was the one made out of old recycled tyres that looked like a large palm tree. It was made of very long and thin tyre strips that were put on top of a big trunk so they hung like a large leaves.
It is the only one that I feel I could make myself. I think I could make smaller sculpture like that made of recycled bicycle tyres. May be in Bali?
To see more of the photographs that I took at the sculpture park – click here: Y’s Photos
All my life I have walked to school. I love cycling and taking the train. When we go to Paris to visit my grand-mother, which we don’t often do – we take the EuroStar – a train that goes under the English Channel. I have only flown once, to India and back. On the whole our family travels little and our car is very small and quite efficient.
But, since I have started homeschooling my father and I have started using the car more often. Where we live, it is difficult not to. Could we use our car less? Possibly.
I found a little book on our shelves which I’d recommend:
It is simple, has some fun drawings and is making me want to leave the car behind and start taking a bus to the swimming pool!
Drawing by Axel Scheffler.
If we go to Bali things may be different next year!
This is a funny map that I found when I was writing about the One Planet Challenge. It shows the ecological footprint of all the countries in the world. On this map, the normal size and shape of countries are affected by population and consumption. Each country is like a ballon. When the footprint is larger than the area of a country, then it is blown up and when it is small, it is shrunk. For example Britain is fatter than Australia and Japan is nearly as big as India.
I was surprised by the shape of Africa. My father explained that Africa had vast areas of untouched and undeveloped land and that most people’s ecological footprint there were very small. This is partly why there is still so much wildlife in Africa.
What the map does not show is how much land other species need. Two months ago, I was looking for a picture of an elephant to make a drawing and found the beautiful black and white photographs of Nick Brandt.
Elephant Drinking, Amboseli, 2007 by Nick Brandt – Source: www.nickbrandt.com
African elephants are the world’s largest terrestrial animals and although a lot of effort goes into protecting them, their population has reduced by 85% in the last sixty years (source: WWF). Some animal need a lot of land to roam. Leaving land for wildlife is very important. We must learn to share the planet not just with elephants but with all the other creatures.
This online journal is also a kind of portfolio, where I can share some of my work. I have created a new section called Y’s Sketchbook where you can see my drawing of the elephant drinking: Yo El.
Today, instead of being on the computer trying to gather more votes, I logged out and spent most of the day outdoors at my old school. On the way to school from my house there is a blue-bell wood which is covered with flowers, then there is the old Sequoia by the Big Barn that I like to hug. We are building a new vegetable garden and I want to help with the log walls.
Meanwhile, I hope that the internet is doing its job and that when I log back on tomorrow the votes will have help me move closer to my target. Yesterday I got fifty-four votes, thank you for all who voted for me. If this continues, by the 5th of June I will in the top row.