As you may have seen on Look East Monday evening, the RSPCA Wildlife Rescue centre at East Winch has been inundated with ducks and ducklings. Some hosrrific stories about how they came to be there. Children throwing toys at them, stamping on ducklings and people even swerving to run them over. After recovery, Alison Charles and her team (left) set them free in the wild. If you want to see their premises they're only open to the public once every two years, the nxt time is Sunday July 10th.
Tuesday and the moon glowed bright red on the way in. Tomorrow evening there's an eclipse. Then, in the bins - at Marigold Close Horsford where Stephen Buxton has another refusal to empty his recycling bin. THEY claim there were nappies and glass in it. HE says only a wet wipe. With the government saying that fortnightly collections will not be replaced by the previous weekly ones, Stephen will either have to go to the tip or put excess in bin bags for next time. Finally to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital to meet up with Assistant Director of Nursing, Dawn Collins who tells me they're about to open a Carers Cafe where support groups and individuals can meet and chat over a coffee. It's a new initiative which has cost next to nothing to set up but the benefits could be great for individuals who're involved in this caring way.
Wednesday and another effect of the dry weather is the lack of good hay. Not just for horses but pigs too. Here at Spooner Row Trevor Cullun and his business partner have 5,000 pigs that need a fresh bed every day. Although alternatives like rape are providing some poorer quality straw, come the winter there'll be a real shortage pushing up prices which eventually will be reflected in the price of pork at the counter.
Thursday and car security with James Baldwin at NMG Suzuki Showroom on Mile Cross Lane. Improvements with key fobs and immobilisers have helped along with tracking devices. Norfolk stolen cars now below 1000 a year - a reduction of 25% on previous year.
At Edgefield Shrubbs Farm I'm with Zack Parsons who runs the place and Bob Wade Environmental Protection Manager for Broadland District Council who introced what's been dubbed "the slop bucket" to households who use bio-degradable bags to put their food waste into. Zack puts it into the processor (pic 2) which takes it up to 70 degrees and kills off all ther nasty bugs. Behind them you can see the next stage when it's covered with plastic sheet for 8 weeks before it becomes what you see in pic.3. The finished product after screening is in pic 4 when it goes onto his fields as compost. All this would have gone into landfill sites and across the country similar schemes are operating.
Friday with the mystery Fryup Inspector! His mission - to promote the perfect breakfast. His travels have taken him far and wide but his favourite is Harty's Diner on Heigham Street in Norwich. If you have your own opinion on what makes the perfect English breakfast, check out his blog at www.fryupinspector.co.uk