Author: Paul Wheeler

Don’t Eat the Cyanide Moths

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It’s been another hectic weekend and we’ve had a blast with a houseful of welcome visitors and a local festival; all throughout the hottest days of the year so far.

It’s Grandad’s birthday and to celebrate we take a trip on the steam train and explore the church at Goathland.

Are you thankful for your garden? We talk about the importance of green space and what the garden means to us. Plus, join Frogger and Toad for their weekly highlights.


Froggers Cyanide Moth

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Tai Chi Masters!

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We’ve been feeling a tad worked up this week, so we decided to see what steps we could take to help us relax. We talk about the things that make us angry.

We research and try out Tai Chi, though rather reluctantly from Frogger, and talk about the many benefits for mind and body from this martial art.

Finally, join Frogger and Toad for their Scores of the Week.

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Leaf mining pests

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Despite the weather taking a leap back into Spring we plough forwards with our Summer plans. Find out what we intend to study throughout Summer and how science is going to be a key feature.

We talk about the destruction of our Rocket grown from seed, the attempted manslaughter of mange-tout and the attack on our cauliflower by a burrowing microscopic menace.

Talking of insects, do you know how useful these little creatures are? Particularly, ants. Ants are currently being studied to help create antibiotics in the fight against superbugs.

Hear some simple ways in which you can effortlessly help the environment.

We discuss Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet as our literature topic draws to a close, Paul celebrates his birthday and Frogger and Toad share their Scores of the Week.

Namaste.

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Lake District adventures

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We’re back from our jolly holibobs! Hear all about our week in The Lake District. We talk about England’s deepest Lake and highest mountain. (As usual Frogger and Toad have forgotten most of the things we did!)

We managed to supplement our meals with some healthy foraging in Roan Woods and experienced two different levels of customer service from two pubs owned by the same people.

We get up close and personal with the demonising May bug.

We describe how we enjoyed our trip to Muncaster Castle and whether we think the haunted legends are true.

Finally, join Frogger and Toad for their ‘Score of the Week.’.

Links:
www.muncaster.co.uk/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cockchafer

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Foraging Fun

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Following our week of birthdays, Frogger tells us all about her wee party with her home educating friends and sits in the hot seat as we fire this years birthday quiz at her.

Paul and Frogger have been foraging and we discuss the abundance of food to be found in the hedgerows, the garden and the woods. We talk about how to take the sting out of eating nettles and share some delicious recipes to try out with your own children.

Finally, Toad and Frogger share their Scores of the Week.

Please note there will be no podcast next week, we will return in two weeks time. In June too! (June is busting out all over….)

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The Birthday Girls

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The birthday season has officially began. On this weeks podcast we celebrate not one, but two big days in our calendar. Firstly, Newt turns 2 closely followed by our eldest amphibian, Frogger. We try our best not to allow our beliefs and healthy eating ideals to slide by creating a low sugar, grain free, nut free chocolate brownie cheese cake.
We discuss our attempts to begin new and inexpensive birthday traditions. We share our ideas for birthday parties, games and food and hope to inspire our listeners to share their own traditions and ideas with us.
Join Frogger and Toad for their ‘Scores Of The Week’.

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The Birthday Book: Celebrations for Everyone (Festivals and the Seasons)

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May Day Mayhem

Happy May Day to all you lovely listeners out there. We crown Frogger and Toad as our May Day king and queen and make a special cake complete with maypole.

Newt has been busy establishing herself as an artist with her Lyra Derby colouring pencils, especially designed for little hands.

And despite cycling ten miles, Frogger and Toad still find the energy to tell us about their weekly highlights (in between sporadic giggling of course).


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Coping when illness calls

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A day late, due to an irresistible BBQ invitation, we celebrate St George’s day with good old toad in the hole and fruit crumble and custard.

Frogger was rather poorly at the weekend but we discuss how to cope when your children or yourself are Ill.

We review our spooky reading as we finish Robin Jarvis’ The Power of The Dark and join Frogger and Toad for their scores of the week.

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Eggcelent Easter

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We’ve had an eggcelent Easter and discuss not only how to blow eggs but also the traditional method of decorating them using melted wax and dyes. Once decorated, we hung our eggs on our seasonal tree, and discuss how to find your own every changing centre piece for free, to sit proudly on display in your home.

It’s St. George’s day at the weekend and Toad tells us the history of George and the Dragon. We talk about traditional British ways to celebrate and encourage our listeners to start their own traditions.

Frogger recites an April poem as we welcome the changing seasons. Finally, Frogger and Toad struggle to narrow down their weekly activities to just one score.

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Easter, Compost & Picnics

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Happy Easter to all of our lovely listeners and a huge thank you for sharing your time with us. We hope you get lots of Easter treats and enjoy your extra long weekend.

On this week’s show we discuss our composting plans and update you on our seed selection as we plant in our vegetable bed.

We visited Whitby abbey, and enjoyed a low sugar packed lunch and share with you our ideas and recipes to enjoy a picnic without compromising healthy eating.

We chat about the Jewish festival of pesach and share a yeast free recipe.

With thanks to mysteries in time, we have moved on to ancient Greece and we discuss how much the children have learned about Greek legends by reading the accompanying book. Toad tells us the story of Persephone.

Plus, join us for our scores of the week.

Web links to
Goodnight Mister Tom
Mysteries in time
Whitby abbey

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