Archive for the Family life Category

Bug hotel open for business :)

Posted in birdlife, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on November 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

You can find more on how to make your won bug hotel on the RSPB website

It is not to hard to make (even for a DIY challenged dad like me!), I simply sawed up an old pallet we had taking up space and then my son designed & filled the hotel. It includes leaves, conifer, cardboard & an egg box with straw and sand on the ground floor and a felt roof, covered in soil. Aiming to spread a few wildflower seeds on top next year. Hopefully it will welcome its first guests soon!

More hedgerow disappears in Didcot…

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Taylor Wimpey destroying more hedgerow. During the past couple of years since moving here it has been host to lots of birdlife including sparrows, starlings, wood pigeons, robin, dunnock, wren, blue & coal tits and magpies. The wood pigeons and magpies did nest here and in a nearby tree, also removed by the developers.

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There is still a little bit of hedgerow left, although not much cover left for the smaller birds and nesting sites hasve gone. Having a bit of hedgerow at the bottom of a new home should be a good selling point? I guess it doesn’t fit the neat new home plots they wish to create, which makes a mockery of their supposed environmentally focussed development plans.

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Only a small piece of hedgerow granted, however it won’t be replaced and it has dispersed local birdlife and wildlife, which is being replicated daily throughout the GWP development. I don’t disagree new homes are needed, however brownfield sites such as the power station and an overall plan as part of the Didcot Garden Town plan should be adhered to, not just greedy developers building and be damned to the consequences on local wildlife and infrastructure.

The current allotment plan you can comment on until this Friday 9th November 2018 by visiting here

It sounds good, new allotments with parking, however as always the devil is in the detail and if approved it will see spoil from elsewhere on GWP used to raise the level of allotments; a busy footpath to West Hagbourne closed (one nearby has been closed since December 2017 until 2020!); high trees planted blocking views of the nearby countryside and increase in flooding risk.

#birdlife #savethecountryside #didcot #taylorwimpey

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , on June 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

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Taylor Wimpy has submitted revised matters for Hagbourne fields north of the 900+ homes application. Creating allotments, with 30 car parking spaces, opens space and forest area. This also sounds good until you look at the details. Please read the information and application links below.

Main concerns are.
1. Unnecessary major re-landscaping with unwanted spoil.
2. Loss of views of the North Wessex Downs
3. Excessive car park
4. Increase risk of flooding due to proposed landscaping.

Please help us stop Taylor Wimpey’s continued onslaught of plans to rob us of our amazing country side.

Comments close 14th June – you can comment here

Save Hagbourne Fields

Posted in Didcot, Family life, News with tags , , , , , , on May 15, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

hfTaylor Wimpeys application is now open for comment at on SODC’s website. Comments have to be submitted by the 23rd May and please visit the Facebook page for ideas on your comments over the proposed plans.

The plan is for 900+ houses to be built on fields between Didcot and East Hagbourne village which would destroy fields and natural habitats further, plus increase the risk of flooding and more transport congestion, pressure on local services, etc. There is already a Didcot Garden Town plan in place and this proposal is not part of this.

RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch 2018

Posted in birdlife, Didcot, Family life, TV, wildlife with tags , , , , , , , on April 3, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

The house sparrow was the most popular bird seen on this year’s RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch (BGBW) and that was the top spot when me and my son did our bit for the BGBW. Not far behind though were blue tits and long-tailed tits in numbers spotted.

Interesting article on how to help encourage wildlife in your garden here.

Glandular fever #11 – living with it longer term

Posted in Family life, Glandular fever, News with tags , , , on March 16, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

I was diagnosed with glandular fever back in October 2016, after a bad bout of tonsillitis. Since then I have recovered gradually with the odd relapse, although each one is only for a short time. I do now however have a red itchy patches on the left of my neck and at the top of my thighs, plus now under my left arm pit (itchy, white scaly patches) which causes a dull ache there and bizarrely down the top of my arm. It does appear to get worse if I am either stressed or enjoying something i.e. if my body balance veers from normal. One other very anti-social lasting effect has been copious amounts of wind! I am not sure if any others who have had GF/mono have had similar issues? Do get in touch if you have and any remedies you may have.

It does appear that GF/mono can linger longer in some for whatever reason and recovery times can be much slower the older you get. However, keep positive as you will recover J

This blog celebrates ten years & tops 100,000 hits :)

Posted in Books, Family life, Football, Get Ready To Rock!, metal, News, pop, Queen, Stoke City FC, theatre royal hanley on March 11, 2018 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Yes ten years ago this month back in 2008 I started off this blog the Rock N Roll Oatcake to cover music, books, my lifelong support of Stoke City FC and family life. I think over the ten years it has covered these topics, with in recent years a little less on Stoke City and music (this is covered in my music blog the Rockin’ Chair), plus I have finally made a seperate page for memories of the Theatre Royal Hanley as the page on here was getting lost and there are some wonderful memories from people’s time at the theatre to good to be lost.

There have been book reviews and some very good author interviews, which I will repost the best of over the coming months. Plus on the side bar you can see various archive interviews with musicians that didn’t feature on Get Ready To Rock!

Thank you for all your views, comments and hopefully you find something on here of interest. Right, lets get ready for more…

Recommended reading –

Get Ready To Rock!

The Rockin’ Chair (music)

Memories of the Theatre Royal Hanley (finally made a blog for this after hosting a page on this site since 2008)

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